Writing your way into the right job - a CV skills workshop

Hands-on workshop on personal and professional development for researchers (PhDs) and PhD students in the Biosciences. This one-day event will focus on two main career planning processes:
(1) recognize your strengths and competences and how to apply this to making informed career decisions and
(2) how to write an effective CV and covering letter.

At the end of the workshop, participants should feel more confident about their next career transition, as well as being more aware of the skills and competencies they have acquired during the course of their research. The workshop will be interactive with presentations and quiet times for self-reflection. Participants will learn about the wider job market and how their experience and skills are relevant to a wide range of careers. They will undertake an audit of their skills and match these to different types of jobs. There will be a presentation on effective CV writing with exercises on how to promote yourself at your best and adapt your information according to the requirements of the employer, group leader, funder, etc. Participants will be given example CVs and covering letters and resources to take away.
Attendees can bring their own CVs and examples of job offerings of interest.

At the end of the workshop, participants should:
1. Recognise the skills and capabilities they possess as a result of their research experiences;
2. Be aware of the job opportunities available to them as bioscientists;
3. Be more confident promoting themselves in writing for the purposes of applying for a new position;
4. Have formulated a personal action plan.


DATE: 29 May 2017 | 9h00 - 17h00 
VENUE: Sala de eventos, Centro de Congressos I ISEP (for easy access to the event room please use entrance number 2 on Rua de S. Tomé and go to building H)
ORGANIZATION: i3S Post-Doc Forum 




Sarah Blackford is a qualified academic career specialist (MA, Warwick University) with a background in scientific research and publishing.

She provides a wide range of career support to doctoral students and early career researchers and has been delivering specialised career workshops and one-to-one coaching for over 10 years in research institutions, universities, EU consortia and doctoral training programmes.

Her workshops are broadly based on her book, ‘Career planning for research bioscientists’, and much of her advice and resources are published on her blog, www.biosciencecareers.org. As a registered career practitioner, Sarah adheres to a recognised ethical code of practice during the course of her work.



25 €  | i3S members
40 €  | non-i3S members

Deadline: May 19th 2017 


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Cost includes workshop attendance, all printed course materials, and 2 coffee breaks.
The workshop requires a minimum of 70 participants. Maximum attendance is 100, and registrations will be accepted on a “first come, first served" basis.



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