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Resumes That Rock! Beat The Competition With Your Resume—Even If You’re Not A Professional Resume Writer

Originally presented on November 15, 2016

Today every job is temporary. You may lose your job tomorrow because your company is cutting back or has been acquired or new leadership decides employees can no longer work from home.

Your dream job may suddenly appear, but the application deadline is in one week. You might decide to apply for an internal promotion. One where the competition will be tough.

In any of these situations you’ll need to have a resume ready to go. Not a boring list of job duties, but a resume that will differentiate you from everyone else competing for the same position.

The key to attracting recruiters and hiring managers is to convey value, immediately. This means removing hindrances, focusing on achievements and skills, and delivering your document in an attention-getting package.

Resumes that Rock! focuses on three main areas: removing missteps; adding great content; and infusing your document with style. As a special bonus, this presentation will also give you some tips on how to write a compelling cover letter.

Key takeaways:

  • What you need to leave off your resume, and why
  • Techniques for developing a professional brand
  • Using the CAR approach to unearth your achievements
  • Adding style with color and formatting, no matter what your industry
  • Writing cover letters using the AIDA strategy

Presented by Annette Richmond, MA ’99, CARW, CCELW
Career intelligence Resume Writing & Career Services

Increase Your Page Views: Resume Optimization for Online and Offline Search

Originally presented on March 29, 2016

Presented by Megan Hallissy '10, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW)

It is a well-known fact that recruiters take on average, 6 seconds to review a resume. By submitting your resume online into a database, it could be scanned even quicker. So, why not make every second count and optimize your resume to make it stand out from the rest!

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How to optimize your resume for the busy recruiter who only has 6 seconds or less to review it
  • About the algorithmic search engine tools that are skimming your resume for key words
  • How to use key words to link your background to the job description

Megan Hallissy '10 is a Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) with a background in customer service, human resources, and learning and development across the industries of media and entertainment, luxury and consumer goods, and higher education.

Turn Your Outdated Resume Into A Valuable Marketing Tool

Originally presented on February 17, 2015

Presented by Annette Richmond MA'99

Most DIY resumes are riddled with outdated information like Objective Statements and Summaries that focus on what the candidate is looking for not what he or she can bring to the employer. In this presentation :

• You will start looking at your resume as a marketing tool rather than a record of recent jobs
• You will learn how to write a resume that reflects your accomplishments and skills – what you bring to the table
• You will learn how to create a document that can be easily scanned by recruiters and ATS systems

Annette Richmond, MA '99, has the skills of a trained writer, the perspective of a recruiter, and the knowledge of a professional who has spent over a decade in the career field. Annette is the founder of career-intelligence.com


Video Interviews – How to Ace Them

Originally presented on January 19, 2016

More and more employers are utilizing Video Interviewing as an important step in their interview process. This is economical for the company on many levels. But for you, succeeding and prevailing utilizing this platform is key so that you are invited to the next step: the face to face interview.

During this webinar, Linda will discuss:

  • Time
  • Place
  • Equipment
  • Interview Prep Questions and Fundamentals
  • Dress Code
  • Great tips regarding what the interviewer CAN’T see
  • For fun: some “Oh no’s!"

Linda Van Valkenburgh is the owner and certified executive career coach of My Executive Career Coach, LLC – Stamford, CT. She has great business experience in a broad range of corporate environments including marketing, advertising, engineering, entrepreneurial partnerships, industrial manufacturing and full time career development work experience.

Dissection of an Interview
Originally presented on February 18, 2014

Presented by Linda Van Valkenburgh, Owner & Certified Career Coach, My Executive Career Coach LLC. This webinar aimed to assist the job seeker in developing interview foundation materials, understanding the major components of an interview, learning how to close the meeting to gather as much information as possible, and how to follow up effectively and professionally to ensure a most successful outcome!

Telephone Interviewing Techniques: Get the 411
Originally presented on June 18, 2013
The telephone interview is the all important first step in the interview process. No longer can we say: It's JUST a telephone interview! A strategic and successful telephone interview experience can be yours!

  • Organize your environment
  • Get in the business frame of mind
  • Deliver effective responses
  • Create a dialogue

Personal Branding

What's Your Story? How to share your story authentically

Originally presented on December 15, 2015

It's the most frequently asked question of professionals, yet it's cited as among the most challenging. Answering this simple but powerful question effectively can transform and embolden your professional development leading to more success and direction.

In this presentation, Karen Graziano '93, JD will teach you:
1) Why this question is so important for your career development and progression
2) How your story is integral to developing your brand
3) How to develop an engaging narrative that describes you and your work
4) How to weave this narrative through your professional life in your resume, networking, interviewing, shadowing, informational interviewing, and day-to-day work
5) How to share your story authentically and confidently

Presented by Karen Graziano '93, JD, Graziano Career Works, LLC.

Managing Your Professional Currency

Originally presented on March 25, 2015

Presented by: Christine Paul Tetreault, MA'85 - co-founder and partner of the LEAD Advisory Group

Your professional reputation is arguably your most valuable asset. Learn to manage the impressions you create and increase your professional currency with key stakeholders. Discover what sets star performers apart from other professionals, and how to boost your ability to achieve maximum productivity and effectiveness within your organization.

This workshop will offer approaches for managing your professional image and accelerating your career trajectory. Key themes include: 

  • The Cornerstone of Character
  • Behaviors of a Top Performer
  • The Value of Emotional Intelligence
  • Strategies to Improve Your Professional Currency

Christine Paul Tetreault, MA'85, is co-founder and partner of the LEAD Advisory Group and focuses on developing individual leadership through a combination of coaching, small group programming, and networking. Christine is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and has experience in corporate and higher-education management, human resources, executive coaching, and career management program development. In addition to the LEAD Advisory Group, Christine serves as a Learning Consultant within Global Leadership and Learning at John Hancock Financial Services. She has also held positions at Harvard Business School, Bridgewater State University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, and Prudential Financial, Inc. 

Look like an Extrovert: Learn ways to present and network confidently…even if you’re an introvert.

Originally presented on December 11, 2014

To be a successful presenter and networker, you don’t have to be an extrovert. Introverts possess a list of admirable qualities that can make presentations and networking more meaningful and successful: They’re deeply reflective, thoughtful, and purposeful. As the master of their vivid internal worlds, introverts have a power and purpose that was best described by famous introvert Mahatma Gandhi: “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.”

Join Karen Graziano ’93 and discover how to harness the qualities that define you as an introvert so you can present and network with ease—and “shake the world” with your personal internal power.

LinkedIn and Your Personal Brand

Originally presented on November 19, 2014

Presented by Sandra Long, an independent LinkedIn, networking, and social media professional. She is president and chief consultant for Post Road Consulting LLC.

LinkedIn is the number one global professional networking platform. Prospective clients, employees and hiring managers are looking at your LinkedIn profile. Whether you are a CEO or a job seeker, your online presence really does matter.

In this special webinar, learn the key elements of an impressive LinkedIn profile. Discover other important features of LinkedIn that will reflect on your personal brand such as LinkedIn Groups; Company pages; LinkedIn publishing vs. posting or sharing content; and effectively using recommendations and endorsements.

Want to Stand Out? How to Create a Memorable Elevator Speech That Gets Results
Originally presented on March 18, 2014

Presented by Dr. Jennifer Lee Magas '96, Adjunct Professor - Fairfield University English Department, Employment Law Attorney, and Vice President of Magas Media Consultants, LLC

A strong elevator speech is everything in today's economy where 30 seconds can make a difference when it comes to building both your personal and professional brands. During this webinar you will learn:

  • How to craft a strong personal and business elevator speech
  • How, when, and where to use your elevator speech to get a job, market your business, grow your network, and build relationships
  • How to choose your words wisely and use nonverbal cues to your advantage to make you and your speech memorable


Branding YOU: Building Your Personal Brand for Professional Success
Originally presented on January 21, 2014

Presented by Claire Chandler '93, President of Talent Boost, LLC. Personal branding is a hot topic these days. A lot of companies talk about their brand: their marketing brand, their employment brand, their social brand. But individuals in the workforce have a brand too. And if you don't actively build and protect it, you are still projecting an image... just maybe not the image you really want. Your physical appearance, your professional skills and your social media presence can all work together to create your personal brand... or they can work against you.

Career Transitioning

Your Career Reinvented: Writing the Next Chapter in Your Career Success Story

Originally presented on December 16, 2014

Do you feel bored, unfulfilled or uninspired in your current career? Do you find that you’re constantly asking yourself “What’s next?” in your professional endeavors or simply don’t feel as if you’re working in your purpose? If this is your story, join Cachet Prescott MA '04 as she discusses career transitions and the process involved in making a successful change.
Webinar participants will learn to:
• Assess whether or not a change is truly necessary at this point in your career.
• Recognize when and how to move forward with a career transition.
• Formulate an effective career transition strategy.

Presented by Cachet Prescott, MA ‘04, The Mid-Career Coach - Women’s Career and Business Coaching

How To Organize Your Job Search And Track Your Way To Success!
Originally presented on November 19, 2013

During these challenging times, a job search involves a lot of details. Sometimes, it seems as if you have so many balls in the air that you do not have enough arms to prevent things from falling down. Once you start your search, how do you organize your week, your month and your quarter? How do you keep track of all of the places you have sent or posted your resume? What are you doing to keep on top of your networking activities? Please join Linda Van Valkenburgh as she discusses "How To Organize Your Job Search And Track Your Way To Success!"

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