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Writing your cover letter (1 hour) (online)

Compact workshop: writing clearly, convincingly and with confidence

Have you found an exciting job opening, and would you like to capture the employer’s attention convincingly and originally? In this compact online workshop, you’ll be introduced to the how and what of successful applications. Discover how you can think outside of the box to make your letter personal, intelligent and honest. You’ll get to try creating a link between what the employers seek and what you have to offer in a way that makes you stand out in the crowd.

For you?

What is your motivation? What are your qualities and disadvantages – and why? What can you tell about yourself? In this online workshop, you’ll be introduced to an answer to these questions. You’ll get to challenge yourself, in a safe setting with your fellow students and a career coach. After role-playing, you’ll receive feedback and tips. These will let you engage in your interview with confidence.

Dates and times

Registration is possible from 7 weeks up to 2 days in advance.

  • Thursday, 7 October 2021, from 15:00-16:00 (online)
  • Thursday, 9 December 2021, from 11:00-12:00 (online)
  • Thursday, 27 January 2022, from 15:00-16:00 (online)

Interesse in deze voorlichting in het Nederlands?

Registration is possible from 70 up till 2 days in advance.

Practical information

This workshop is free of charge. You can register if you are currently studying at the UvA or if you graduated no more than 1 year ago. Shortly before your participation, you'll receive specific information about logging in, preparing, etc.

These information sessions and workshops are a nice match 

Writing your cover letter is part of a series supporting you in your career development. You can register for each separately:

Personal development and self-assessment

Are you looking for a broad orientation on who you are, what is important to you, and what you want to contribute to? These workshops will get you going post-graduation.

Do it yourself?

On this page, you’ll find more information about cover letters and how employers perceive them. You can find self-assessment tests, videos, and tipsheets on successful job hunting here:


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