Write an effective non-academic cv & cover letter

So there you are, (almost) the proud owner of a PhD degree and impatient to secure an interesting job outside of university walls. You’ve already spotted some relevant companies, organizations and specific job offers.

But, how do you convince people that you are not overspecialized and indeed ready for the real world? How can you make sure your cv stands out from all the other candidates’ in a positive way?

In this workshop you get the opportunity to tailor your own cv to a specific job offer and a specific company or organization. We discuss how to write an accompanying mail that will increase your chances of getting through the first quick selection round, and how you present your PhD as a strength instead of a handicap.

  • The importance of a job application tailored to a specific job offer
  • First feedback round on your cv
  • How to analyse a job offer
  • How to tailor your work experience, competences and personality to a job offer and shorten it to the right length
  • Do’s and don’ts cv and accompanying mail
  • Rewrite your cv and mail + final feedback round

Important: The workshop builds on an existing job offer that you are interested in.

Therefore mail the trainer ann@fishgrowfeet.be 1 week before the workshop

  • 1 non-academic job offer
  • a first draft of your cv and accompanying mail for this job offer

Bring this material with you to the workshop as well (1 printed copy of each).

The workshop language will be English, but you can send either an English medium or Dutch medium job offer/cv/mail text.

Trainer: Ann De Ron, since 2008 trainer doctoral students in science communication topics with her company www.fishgrowfeet.be

Practical information


25 June 2020


from 9h30 till 13h00


Campus Middelheim - Building A - Room A.301


Ann De Ron

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This course counts for 0,3 points


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