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  Spring Career Events

Rochester Area Colleges Alumni Networking Event, Wednesday May 16th, 6-8pm, RIT University Gallery

Are you in a job search?  Thinking about a career change?  Want to grow your network?  This event is for you!

Connect with fellow alumni from all Rochester area colleges and employer representatives from some of Rochester’s top employers for networking and potential future job contacts. The goal of this event is to provide career advice, tips and suggestions from company participants, and to help you grow your network and make connections for future opportunities. A panel of local recruiters will share insights and advice about job searching and how to put yourself in the best position to succeed, then you’ll have the opportunity to talk with panelists and other alumni participants.  Bonus:  resume drop will be available; bring your resumes to leave with employers.  AND: all attendees will receive a directory with all participant contact information, for follow up and future networking.
In a job search, it’s true that, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know”; this event will help you do both!

SPACE IS LIMITED; RSVP REQUIRED: For more information or to register, email Gagan Ahuja.  When registering via email, please include the following: Full Name, College you graduated from, Major, and Graduation Year.
If you need interpreting services, please include that request in your RSVP as well.

AGENDA:

5:30-6:00 - Sign in and informal networking
6:00-7:00 - Employer panel sharing tips and advice for your job search
7:00-8:00 - Informal networking, all alumni and employer participants

Refreshments will be provided

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. Beginning March 1st, you’ll receive daily emails 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 - www.alumnicareerservices.org/rit.

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

LinkedIn for Personal Branding: The Ultimate Guide, Wednesday February 7th, 8-9pm EST

Your online presence matters more than ever in today's global workplace. Professionals are using LinkedIn in record numbers, so your profile needs to represent you in the best possible light before and after a meeting or interview. If you are like many busy professionals, your personal brand and LinkedIn profile may need some reflection and attention.  Sandra Long will share proven strategies to leverage the LinkedIn profile, content sharing, and thought leadership capabilities. You will learn the importance of:

• Selecting and prioritizing the best personal brand attributes for you, your career and business.
• Creating an authentic, personal, and impressive LinkedIn profile that demonstrates expertise without appearing to brag.
• Demonstrating your personal brand - both offline and online- and how they work together and with your LinkedIn profile.
• Selecting the most memorable words, images, skills, and links for your LinkedIn profile.
• Finding and sharing content with your LinkedIn network.

 

Job Search & Career Free Tools Resource Book, Wednesday March 7th, 8-9pm EST

The job search process only a decade ago consisted of looking at the newspaper want ads and sending a resume. Today, you not only need to know how to network and interview, but you need to know how to create keyword laden resumes, build your brand online, use social media, and direct your resumes to targeted job boards. Jason McDonald has assembled the largest collection of online tools career management and job search tools in the following areas:

    • Tutorials – Online Job Search & Career-building Tutorials
    • Books– Recommended Books on Jobs & Careers
    • Personal Branding – Resources & Tools to Brand Thyself
    • Resume Sites – Job Search & Resume Upload Sites
    • Content Marketing – Tools to Create & Curate Content
    • SEO Basics – Tools, Tips & Tutorials to Master SEO
    • Blogs – A Better Blog & a Better Personal Website
    • LinkedIn – Tools to Schmooze on LinkedIn
    • Facebook – Friends, Family, Fun, & Facebook Marketing
    • Twitter – Handles, Hashtags, Retweets & Twitter
    • Other Networks – YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
    • Monitoring – Content and Reputation Management Tools
 

The Interview Coach, Wednesday April 4th, 8-9pm EST

If you are looking for practical advice on how to take your interviewing skills to the next level, considering adding Lorna Hagerty’s lecture to your calendar. Being invited to participate in an interview is the ONLY chance job seekers have to stand out from the dozens of other candidates the firm will also be interviewing.  Lorna will help give you solid, proven strategies to make memorable impressions with interviewers. You gain a better understanding of:

    • What you need to do to prepare for an interview that will make you more confident and exciting
    • The different types of interviewing questions and how to effectively respond to them
    • How to weave experiences, recognitions, accomplishments into the questions asked
    • How to answer basic questions and add a twist that will catch the attention of interviewers
    • The proper way to ask probing questions to make sure the interviewer understands what you bring to the table
 

Elevate Beyond: A Real World Guide to Standing Out in Any Job Market,
Discovering Your Passion and Becoming Your Own Person,
Wednesday May 2nd, 8-9pm EST

At a time when career and job opportunities are becoming increasingly competitive, it is essential to do all you can to show your professional and personal uniqueness.  How do you toot your own horn without appearing pompous in correspondence, documents, and interviews? Jake will share with you strategies, tips, stories, and resources to show how you can share and embellish your accomplishments, awards, and work history to stand out from others who are interviewing for the same position.  Jake’s advice is founded on his personal experience! After going to resume seminars, networking events, mock interviews, and doing over 100 professional informational interviews, Jake has unlocked valuable knowledge that can save you time and money and help take you to the next stage of your professional journey.  Jake combines the lessons of highly successful executives and managers with his own experiences to teach you how to discover a career you are passionate about, become a champion networker, and use your resume, interview skills and social media strategies to stand out from your peers and colleagues. Join Jake to learn how you can act on the experiences of others to stand out from the crowd and achieve their goals.

 

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 (kwsoce@rit.edu).

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 (kwsoce@rit.edu).