Virtual Summer Career Conversation Series

In partnership with the Alumni Engagement Office, the Center for Career & Professional Development hosted Alumni Drop-In Hours and Virtual Summer Career Conversations. The Summer Career Conversations topics focused on career preparedness components such as resumes, interviewing and salary negotiations.

The first session in the Summer Career Conversations series was held on Wednesday, July 22 and focused on “Resume Tune-up”. This session provided some key tips to showcase your strengths, abilities, and accomplishments on your resume, which will help you stand out to hiring managers. The second segment of the session was focused on cover letters, which offered some information about the importance of a cover letter, and the pieces that make up a well-written cover letter.

Presenter – Lynda Hines (SHU alumna): Business Coach at Even Better with Lynda.

The second session in the Summer Career Conversations series “Interview Refresh” conducted on Wednesday, August 5, was centered on professional communication and interviewing skills.  The first portion of the session focused on professional etiquette during your job search, and how to properly utilize different forms of communication. The interviewing segment covered techniques and popular interview questions candidates are asked. This session also provided information on what employers look for during the interview process, why employers do not hire candidates, and tips to ensure a successful virtual and/or in-person interview experience.

Presenter – Helen Boyke: Director of the Center for Career and Professional Development for Graduate Students, Veterans, and Alumni at Sacred Heart University.

The final session in the Summer Career Conversations series Salary Negotiationwas held on Wednesday, August 19. The presentation supplied information needed to assist with negotiating your salary while conducting your job search. Salary negotiation is a skill you’ll want to be comfortable with before you secure a job offer, in order to not leave potential money on the table. In this informative virtual session, the presenter provided great tips on how to ask for what you want, considering your full compensation package, and starting your new job with confidence.

Presenter – Ann Kaiser: Career Coach, Writer, and Publicist based in New York City.

The three-part series of the “Summer Career Conversations” were all live-streamed via Facebook.

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