Demonstrating your competences in your CV, LinkedIn profile and cover letter to convince your future employer


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 students / postdocs. 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:

  • personal effectiveness:
    • self-development
    • self-confidence
    • anticipation
  • interpersonal competences:
    • presentation skills
    • assertiveness
    • networking


For whom?

  • PhD students and 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
  • 10 places available

When and where?

  • September 28, 2021, 9:30-16:30 - workshop - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4
  • October 29, 2021, 9:30-16:30 - individual coaching session (30 min./person): timeslots will be divided during the workshop - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A54


  • Registration is closed since September 03, 2021.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email after the registration deadline has passed.
  • Please cancel your registration at least one week in advance in case you cannot 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