Course Information

  • Monday, November 25, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019,
    9:00 AM till 5:00 PM
  • Registration Opens
    August 7, 2019, 9:00 AM
    Registration Deadline
    October 28, 2019
    Course Fees
    This course is free of charge and for doctoral candidates and postdocs of the University of Basel only (min. 6, max. 12 participants).
    Rob Thompson
    Organized by

    Graduate Center
    Transferable Skills
    GRACE Homepage


    Some worrying statistics for job seekers:
    Approximately 80% of jobs are awarded by a referral.
    Average time employers spend looking at a CV is 5-7 seconds.
    An average of 250 CVs are received for each job offered.
    427.000 CVs posted on Monster each week.

    Uploading your CV to the web and / or answering job advertisements can work but the success rate is extremely low. By job hunting in this way, you are cutting yourself off from the vast number of unadvertised positions (approx. 80%) and placing yourself in a lottery of thousands of other similar CVs for the openings that are left.
    Another problem with CVs is they don’t help you determine what you want to do!
    Networking (a fancy word for talking to people) allows you to find the correct job for you and showcase your niche skills in a far more compelling way than with a CV. While gaining valuable sector information that makes you a more credible candidate, you also gain the personal referrals that ensure that you get face-to-face contact with decision-makers.
    This workshop will provide alternative methods to the usual and well-known ways of job hunting.


    You will lean methods that will allow you to:

    • Reliably find an institute or company and position within it that is right for you

    • Actively manage the progress of your search

    • Give yourself the edge over others using CV and covering letter

    • Access the hidden job market of unadvertised positions

    • Become the “preferred candidate” or even have positions created for you.

    • Gather the information needed to aid the job hunt and salary negotiations

    • Job hunt in a way that is interesting and not demoralising

    The techniques learned will also enable you to find collaboration partners more easily.


    The workshop draws on the personal experience of all participants as well as that of the trainer, thereby ensuring that the training is specific for and relevant to the participants’ individual needs. The workshop will be a structured discussion forum to develop ideas. The workshop will be very interactive. Expect to be asked lots of questions, expect to be challenged, expect to participate!

    The workshop will include practise interviews for the people who wish them.

    Target Group

    Doctoral Candidates & Postdocs

    About the Trainer

    Rob Thompson: As a freelancer, I have to maintain the flow of work and bookings. Every day I use the skills I teach to maintain my own business, so I quickly get an idea of what works and what doesn’t. I have been working with researchers for over 12 years now - helping them form connections to get collaborations, new jobs and to advance their careers.


    17 h -> Preliminary work: 30 minute questionnaire (max 1 hour), 2 x 8 hours training.


    Registrations will be processed according on a “first come, first served” principle. The course registration will be confirmed by email. The registration to a course makes the participation in the full training mandatory. For this workshop unexcused absence and cancellation of the workshop after the registration deadline leads to a penalty fee of CHF 30.00. (send an email to Please find the detailed regulations on the Transferable Skills Homepage.


    Universitätsbibliothek Basel, GRACE room 306 (3rd floor) Schönbeinstrasse 18-20, 4056 Basel

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