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You are approaching the end of your PhD or are working as a postdoc. You are thinking about the next step in your career and have a rough idea of your strengths, ambitions and the type of job(s) you would like to apply for, but you do not know how to communicate this effectively to potential future employers.

This workshop, given by Maaike Taconis, will help you translate your rough ideas into unique and clear ‘selling points’. These will help you to present yourself in such a way that any future employer understands how you can be of value to their organisation. At the end of the workshop you will have an irresistible CV and LinkedIn profile, and you feel confident on how to communicate your competences and skills during network conversations, interviews and in cover letters. You will be ready to apply for the next step in your career!

The workshop consists of a one-day course, which is followed by a 30 minutes individual coaching session after an interval of 3 weeks.

Workshop – 1 day

The workshop is an interactive session in which theory and practice always alternate. Participants are made to think about themselves, receive and give feedback to fellow PhD / postdoc students. They go to work on the spot to adjust their CV, in which their offer for potential employers is made as concrete as possible. There is ample opportunity to ask general and personal questions. The participants will practice a job interview together and receive feedback. Participants gather a lot of information with which they can further refine their resume, LinkedIn profile and prepare their job interviews well after the day.

The workshop covers the following topics:

  • Define your unique selling points.
  • Draft a convincing CV and LinkedIn profile. What do recruiters need to know about you, other than your academic profile?! Which competences are valued outside academia?
  • Networking: both face-to-face and on social media.
  • Application procedure: how does it work and how can you prepare yourself?
  • Effective demonstration of your competences in a cover letter and a job interview.

Individual coaching session – 30 minutes

Three weeks after the workshop, 1 on 1 coaching will take place in which the participants have the opportunity to discuss their personal points of interest in more detail concerning:

  • their revised CV/LinkedIn.
  • other personal career related questions.

Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this workshop, you...

  • know how to convincingly present yourself when applying for a job.
  • will define your Unique Selling Points including your work experience, talents and skills, resulting in an irresistible and impressive profile for potential employers.
  • are (more) comfortable while networking, both face-to face and on social media.
  • know what to expect from an application process.
  • can write a cover letter conveying your motivation for the job, as well as your strengths and skills.
  • know how to structure your CV and LinkedIn profile.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • self-development,
  • self-confidence,
  • anticipation,
  • presentation skills,
  • assertiveness,
  • networking.


For whom?

  • PhD students & postdocs who have an idea of where they want to go, career-wise, but want support on how to present themselves in a convincing way.
  • There are 10 places available.

When and where?

  • September 8, 2020, 9:30-16:30 - workshop - room A4, building D, campus Diepenbeek -> Please note: this session will be split up in two sessions and delivered online on September 8 & 9, 2020, 9:30-13:00.
  • October 2, 2020, individual coaching session (30 min.): timeslots will be divided during the workshop - room A54, building D, campus Diepenbeek -> please note: this session will be delivered online. 


  • Registration closed since August 11, 2020.  
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you can't make it (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as?

  • DS BSH: category 'career management & personal development' - workshop on career management
  • DS HLS: category 'transferable skills' - one compulsory elective course
  • DS ST:category 'career & personal development' - workshop on career management