On Wednesday April 29, the Center for Career and Professional Development in partnership with Alumni Relations hosted SHU Alumni “Virtual” Career Day. The all day program was filled with sessions hosted by alumni from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Each presenter delivered on some exciting and informational sessions.

Erica Lucca (SHU ’11) who is the Manager of Global Team Member Communications with Hilton Worldwide of Hilton Worldwide kicked-off the first session with valuable insight and a few tips about “How to Stay Motivated and Inspired during These Uncertain Times”.

Session two, was hosted by Maggie Fachini (SHU ’12) who is an Enterprise Sales Executive at LinkedIn. Maggie’s “Get LinkedIN to the Social Network for Job Seekers” was perfectly timed in light of our new normal. A couple of her many points was about how to leverage SHU alumni by using the LinkedIn page and highlight your “brand” in your LinkedIn Summary.

The third session on “Resume Reboot” was conducted by Annette Richmond (SHU ’92) who is an Executive Resume Writer with Career Intelligence. The focus of this session was about rebooting your resume for you to stay competitive in todays’ job market and highlighting areas such as “Internships” and “Volunteering Experience” to help you stand out.

Session four, was led by Chuck Marcelin (SHU ‘13) who is a Global Talent Management Professional with Reonomy conducted his session on “How to Prepare for Virtual Interviews”. He shared some key pieces which he stated will add to a successful virtual interview experience, such as, be professional dressed from head to toe just as you would with an in-person interview, have a back-up plan if your system malfunctions and apologize for it, and test your system beforehand to work through kinks.

Dr. Brian Carolan who is the Dean of Graduate Studies at Sacred Heart University closed out the program with “Graduate Education: Why it Matters now More Than Ever”. Dr. Carolan provided great information about grad school and its process as well as how applicants’ can best position themselves for acceptance in our graduate programs even with our present climate.


By Helen Boyke
Helen Boyke Director of Alumni, Veteran and Graduate Career Development