From academia to industry - personal brand building in your resume

14 June 2022 - 17 June 2022
(2 + 0.5h)
campus Diepenbeek

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A picture or no picture on your resume? Only facts and figures or poetry? Include your publication list or exclude your publications all together? What are the do’s the don’ts and … what are the myths? What do recruiters say about resumes and why? And what do you want your resume to say? All of the above questions are just a few of the most commonly asked questions by academic researchers with an interest of going to the industry.

The 2-hour workshop, by Dr Robin Lefebvre (Grow2Excel), will give you an insider’s guide to how a recruiter works and how you can pitch your personal brand via your resume. It will touch on the basic, and less basic, insights on a resume. And … why your PhD CV is special.

The workshop is provided as a live conference training. The focus is on your expectations, your questions and your needs. You will be doing the work, via individual exercises, small group exercises and group discussions.

In addition, you can also register for 30 min one-on-one CV coaching by Robin. Since places for the coaching are limited, a selection of candidates will be made with priority for people approaching the end of their contract.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the workshop, you will have learned ...

  • how an industry recruiter thinks
  • how to start building your personal brand
  • the key difference between an academic and an industry CV
  • what a recruiter wants from a CV, what you want … and why that is not the same thing


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:

  • interpersonal competences:
    • stakeholder awareness
    • written communication
  • intellectual competences:
    • critical judgment
    • creativity
  • personal effectiveness:
    • autonomy
    • entrepreneurship


For whom?

  • The workshop and individual coaching are open to both PhD students and postdocs.
  • There are 50 places available for the workshop and 10 for the individual coaching.
  • Only people attending the workshop are eligible for individual coaching. Priority will be given to people approaching the end of their contract.

When and where?

  • Workshop (2h): June 14, 2022 - 10:00-12:00 - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room H1
  • Individual coaching (30 min): June 17, 2022
    • 09:00-12:30 - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A4
    • 12:30-18:00 - campus Diepenbeek, building D, room A54


  • Registration closed since May 15, 2022. 
  • 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 ST: category 'career & personal development' - workshop on career management

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