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Alumni Career Programs and Events



  Winter/Spring Career Events


Alumni 21-Day Career Challenge: Get Your Career in Gear!

Are you happy with your current job situation? Are you satisfied with your career success? If not, we invite you to challenge yourself to move forward towards the career and the job you want!  Our Alumni 21-Day Career Challenge will provide information, resources, guidance and support for your job search.  Review our daily tips focused on a key area of career or job search management, including quick tips that can add up to a big change. By doing a little every day, you’ll build your career confidence and increase your motivation.  All information archived here.

Topics include:

  • Overview of our office alumni services & programs, including our Handshake job listing system
  • Development of targeted marketing materials, including resumes, correspondence, LinkedIn profile, and your all-important personal brand
  • Strategies and resources for conducting a proactive job search
  • Networking, connecting with RIT alumni, and the importance of social media in your search
  • Interviewing strategies, including the importance of storytelling
  • How to determine and overcome potential obstacles
  • Emotional aspects and frustrations of a job search
  • Opportunities to connect with your Career Services coordinator for individualized advisement related to your targeted field

This program is completely virtual, so you can participate around your schedule. The format will consist of:

  • Daily emails introducing the topics and offering quick tips for advancing in each area
  • Supporting materials, examples, and suggested assignments

Take control of your career, strengthen your focus, and equip yourself with the tools and techniques for a successful job search – one day at a time.
Access all program information and resources here.

Career Webinars

Branded for Success, Personal branding guru Tom Peters said that “we are CEOs of our own companies: Me Inc. To be in business today, our most important job is to be the head marketer for the brand called You.” With increased competition in today’s job market, it’s necessary to differentiate yourself from the competition, and demonstrate your promise of value. Join us for tips on creating a brand that effectively sets you apart and sells you to prospective employers.  Recording  /  Transcript

Interviewing Success,  It’s often said that it’s not the candidate who is best qualified for the position, but the candidate who interviews the best, who gets the job. Improve your interviewing skills and gain confidence with our success tips. Topics include interview preparation, determining and selling your value proposition to prospective employers, types of interviews, and how to respond to tough questions.   Recording  /  Transcript


 Career Toolkit – Mini-Webinars on Job Search Topics
Maximize your knowledge with a minimum time commitment!

  • Career Services Orientation
    Learn about the career services and programs available to RIT alumni, including our Handshake job listing system.  Recording    Transcript
  • Unstick Your Career
    Unsure where to go with a career transition?  Get information on self-assessment and career search resources to help move you forward into your next career.  Recording   Transcript
  • Handshake
    Become familiar with and learn how to optimize your experience on our new job and career management system Handshake.   Recording     Transcript
  • Alumni:  How to Work a Career Fair – at RIT or Anywhere
    Guidelines and tips for approaching recruiters, selling your skills effectively, using resources to plan your strategy and research attending employers, and making connections that will lead to future success.   Recording      Transcript
  • Maximize Your Job Search
    Tips and resources to help you conduct an effective job search.  Recording; Transcript

  Experts Career Speaker Series

The job search process has changed. To help you stay current, we provide an annual slate of on-demand webinars featuring the nation’s top career authors and experts to share tips, tools, and best practices that will help you manage your career and job searches. Join your fellow alumni each month for a talk that can help you build or maintain a successful career strategy.  Listen live or access the archived recordings at any time.  Visit the website to register and access the webinars -

Here are a few upcoming webinars (see the website for the complete list of upcoming and archived webinars):

Webinar:  Unlock the Secrets to Finally Landing Your Dream Job, with Fabian Ghys
Wednesday February 6, 2019, 8pm – 9pm EST

These days, hiring managers deal with an overwhelming number of applicants competing for the same positions and digging through those applications can be a daunting task.  More and more, these hiring managers are looking for easier, faster ways to select the kind of candidates their clients – corporations, entrepreneurial small businesses, academic and social organizations and non-profit enterprises – need to run effectively and efficiently.

You need to know what secrets they are employing to reduce their workload and at the same time get the right candidates in front of managers who are looking for.  Fabien will help you grasps the basics of getting recruiters attention are and how to maximize your chance to get hired.

You will gain new insights into:

  • Making your resume stand out
  • Crafting cover letters that get read and remembered.

Listen live or access webinar recording at any time.
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Webinar:  The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, with Tobin Porterfield
Wednesday March 20, 2019, 8pm – 9pm EST

Most people have heard of soft skills and perhaps can list one or two. Dr. Tobin Porterfield and Bob Graham, both university professors with extensive business backgrounds, have uncovered a list of 55 soft skills that employees and organizations are increasingly unleashing to spur innovation and growth. By blending soft skills with people's technical skills, those aptitudes, competencies and expertise most education focuses on, employees and organizations can overcome challenges in today's complex workplace. As organizations, and the leaders and employees that work for them, seek a new edge to achieve greater productivity and innovation, focusing greater attention on soft skills could be the difference maker.

Tobin and Bob have drawn from a review of hundreds of academic articles and their experiences in various industries, including manufacturing, energy, publishing and start-ups to identify the 55 important soft skills.  While Tobin will not have time to go into all 55 you will gain a better understanding of some of the MOST important soft skills that will help you advance your career – RAPIDLY. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what you need to know to gain that next raise and promotion.

Listen live or access webinar recording at any time.
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Webinar:  An Introvert’s Guide to Making Connections That Count, with Karen Wickre
Wednesday April 3, 2019, 8pm – 9pm EST

Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world. Some do relish the opportunity to boldly work the room, introduce themselves to strangers, and find common career ground—but for many others, the experience is often awkward, or even terrifying.  The common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or “fixing” their quiet tendencies. But Karen Wickre is a self-described introvert who has worked in Silicon Valley for 30 years. She shows you to embrace your true nature to create sustainable connections that can be called upon for you to get—and give—career assistance, advice, introductions, and lasting connections.

Karen’s “embrace your quiet side” approach is for anyone who finds themselves shying away from traditional networking activities, or for those who would rather be curled up with a good book on a Friday night than out at a party. For example, if you’re anxious about that big professional mixer full of people you don’t know, she advises you to consider skipping it (many of these are not productive), and instead set up an intimate, one-on-one coffee date. She shows how to truly make the most out of social media to sustain what she calls “the loose touch habit” to build your own brain trust to last a lifetime.  With compelling arguments and creative strategies, this new way to network is perfect not only for introverts, but for anyone who wants for a less conventional approach to get ahead in today’s job market.

Listen live or access webinar recording at any time.
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Webinar:  Pivot: The Art and Science of Reinventing Your Career and Life, with Adam Markel
Wednesday April 10, 2019, 8pm 9pm EST

The successful CEO of the internationally renowned Peak Potentials—who has trained thousands of people to find new jobs, careers, and directions—shares his practical and inspirational program for reinventing yourself, whether you are out of work or want to change your professional trajectory.

What would you do in your life if you knew you could not fail?

That’s the question answered in Pivot, a roadmap for embracing your true potential without abandoning your responsibilities or risking your future. As a transformational teacher and the CEO of Peak Potentials, which has trained more than one million people worldwide, Adam Markel can help you leap out of your comfort zone and into the destiny you’ve always dreamed of.  Whether you are transitioning your career, or have been downsized, or believe that your true potential has yet to be fully tapped, Pivot is a guide to reinvention for anyone, at any age. With clear-eyed compassion and frank assessments, Adam shares the secrets that will guide you away from fear and toward a powerful new vision for your life. The uplifting stories, introspective prompts, clear step-by-step exercises, and energizing calls to action throughout this remarkable book will guide you through the process of personal and career transformation, from creating a vision and clearing space for change to building a supportive environment and establishing daily rituals that will regenerate your soul.

Success and personal fulfillment are within reach! Program your internal GPS to a destination of your wildest imagination—all it takes to change your path is one right turn.

Listen live or access webinar recording at any time.
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Webinar:  How to Get a Job in 30 Days or Less, with Craig Palma

Wednesday May 1, 2019, 8pm – 9pm EST

We don’t have the luxury of time to look for a job anymore. There are bills to pay and mouths to feed.  Craig will give you insights on how you can better prepare for your next job search and how you can more quickly land a job.

In fact, Craig will showcase how you can remove the barriers to employment.  You will learn five specific guidelines that allow people to gain employment in as little as four weeks when you follow all five steps they will obtain employment. You will learn how hundreds of his clients over the past twenty years used these techniques and he will share insights on common mistakes that prevented his clients from fully leveraging this program.

Listen live or access webinar recording at any time.
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Alumni Blog

Alumni Blog – Career and job search articles with tips, suggestions and resources for your search 

Career Advising

  • One-on-one advising, individualized to your interests and job search or career transition needs, including marketing materials review (resume, cover letter, portfolio), interviewing skills, job search strategy, and resources for your search.  Schedule an appointment with the Career Services Coordinator for your field, by phone, in person, or Skype. Call 585-475-2301 to make an appointment
  • Career Counseling for alumni in transition; our counselors can provide assessment testing and review, and provide support for a career change. Call 585-475-2301 to schedule an appointment with one of our Career Counselors.
  • Personalized Career Coaching, with one of our professional community coaches.  This fee-based service is available to all RIT alumni; work one-on-one with a coach to define your career goals and a plan to move you toward career success.
  • Want a quick overview of our alumni career services?

RSVP Registration Processes

You can RSVP for programs two ways: directly through Handshake (account needed) or by emailing Kris Stehler (

Handshake RSVP instructions: Login toHandshake/click on the Events link on the top toolbar/Workshop tab/select title of session/click on the RSVP button.

Interpreting Services

If you require interpreting services email Kris Stehler (