Everything you don´t learn in the lab

Score your first job: the application phase

Topic area
Career development

Online or in-house talk

Karin Bodewits or Philipp Gramlich 

Target group
PhD students and postdocs


You have your degree in hand or will soon do so and know which job types suit you well. How to score your first job? How to navigate the application phase well, so that you don’t have to write hundreds of applications and don’t have to go for a B-option?

Natural- and life sciences are very popular fields of study at the moment. Although this is a welcome trend, it can translate into a tough ride when applying for the first job- competition can be fierce!

In this talk, we’ll look at tips and pitfalls for the application documents and the job interview.

  • Who will read your documents and how to impress all types of readers with one and the same document?
  • How can you write applications that catch the readers’ attention and that make you stick out of a crowded field?
  • Which information is best suited for the cover letter, which is for the CV and which should go out completely?
  • How can you make a convincing impression during the job interview?
  • How can you navigate tricky questions and why are they asked in the first place?

Are you already curious to learn more about the topic before enjoying our talk?

When applying internationally, you might be interested in the article How to tailor your CV for different countries, which we have published in Chemistry World.

Interested in writing an application when you need to cover parts of your life you’re not proud of? Then read our Science Careers story Be proud of your resume, wobbles and all.

Do you know the difference between Biological age or academic age in an academic job application? You might be interested in this article.

When can you come up with your demands and wishes? Our article First show your skills, then present the wish list sheds light on this topic. 

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