Job application and networking skill.

Our workshops provide a safe environment for you to practice how to present yourself. In a group of four to six participants we work together to create a personal profile or elevator pitch and you gain insight into your own qualities and skills. You receive feedback on your presentation and the impression you make on your fellow participants. This provides valuable insight which you can use to your advantage.

This is not a passive theory lesson but an active participatory experience!

Answer the question 'Who are you?' with confidence.

For who?

Employees who want to be genuine and to confidently present who they are, what they are good at and what they have to offer to potential future employers.

Job vacancy → personal profile → powerful motivation letter

For who?

For anyone who wants to be able to write a powerful motivation letter.

How do you convince the other person of your strengths, competencies and/or skills?


If you are asked to list your three best competencies, do you fall silent, stammer an answer or can you recite them by heart?

What are your rights and duties while receiving unemployment benefit? How can ProActief assist you in your return to the labour market?


Only for UvA staff with a temporary employment contract, such as PhD candidates,  postdoctoral researchers, lecturers with a temporary contract etc.

Self-insight helps you find direction for your (future) work.


Employees who have questions about their next career move. Who are not sure what work suits them and are prepared to explore this dilemma using questions about their past and future.

What a good CV, I must speak to this candidate...


Did you know that your CV is read in 15 seconds? That's how long you have to convince the reader that you are the ideal candidate for the vacancy in question. How can you ensure that the contents and layout of your CV are so convincing that it stands out from the rest?

On basis of trust.

For whom?

Employees who need advice on how to set up or maintain a network. Also (or particularly) good for those who find it difficult to mingle at networking receptions etc.

The way to find work

For whom?

Anyone looking for a new job or assignments.


The ins and outs of the LinkedIn professional network, using the book Career Management via LinkedIn:

  • Creating a profile.
  • Networking via LinkedIn.
  • Introduction to the way in which recruiters and recruitment and selection agencies use LinkedIn and how to use this to your advantage.

About first impressions, 'selling' your good points while remaining true to yourself.


During individual sessions with the ProActief adviser you have discussed who you are, what you can do and what you want in your career. You have also polished up your CV and job application letter. Now you just need to focus on your job interview skills.