Changing Things Up This Summer? Prep with a Webinar!

When I think of May, I think of change.  We’re all surrounded by graduations, weddings, job announcements, graduate school acceptance letters; positive steps forward!   For many, it’s also a time to do a personal “state of the union” on what’s going on in with their career.  With most companies in a slower season, summer is an ideal time to attend networking events, peruse jobs online, and ask colleagues or friends to do information interviews with you.  If you’re not trying to find new employment,  the summer can also provide a fantastic opportunity to talk to your manager about setting goals for the Fall, assess past projects and brainstorm new ones to tackle.

Whatever you seek to achieve over the summer (outside of a nice tan), our May webinars are an easy way to prep yourself for conversations ahead.

May Webinar Schedule

Ever wondered what it’s like to work with a coach?  This webinar offers you a chance to directly ask a Leadership Coach any burning questions you feel aren’t being answered by management or Human Resources.  Participants should feel free to open up about any situations going on in the workplace or job market, as they will have complete anonymity.
Coaching Unplugged: Open Mic Event with Valia Glytsis
Valia Glytsis (C’02), May 6

The art of storytelling never ceases to be essential to personal and organizational success.  To stay competitive, you must be knowledgeable on all forms of digital storytelling.  Husband & Wife team Ben and Tessa Moran will discuss using videos to effectively reach your audience, whether it’s clients or potential donors.
Video Storytelling for Nonprofits & Private Sector Missions
Tessa Moran (C’06) & Ben Crosbie (C’06), May 13

For the aspiring and recent attorneys, Regina DeMeo will paint a picture of the various paths one can take if pursuing a legal profession, and what the implications will be for each.
Rethinking Legal Careers in the 21st Century
Regina DeMeo (F’94), May 15

One of the hardest lessons to learn in the business world is how to best communicate with your internal peers and management team.  Communication is essential to getting done what you WANT to get done, so Leadership Consultant Katherine Holloway will teach us strategies for persuading and getting your point across in a workplace where the rules are shifting.
Communicating Prolifically as a Female Professional
Katherine Holloway (B’03), May 20

It’s never too late for change – we all deserve happiness in our career!  Hear a career coach’s tactics for figuring out WHAT you want from employment, and attracting the job you want once you figure the direction you are going in.
Career Transitions: Find Work You Love
Talane Miedaner (F’87, G’89), May 22

Though there’s not a huge Hoya population in the capital of Oregon, alums Derrick Olsen (a Portland expert)  and John Casey (a recent transplant) hope to convince you to move after they explain the social and professional benefits of living in Portland.
Beyond Brewpubs, Backyard Chickens, and Hipsters: Spotlight on Portland
Derrick Olsen (MSFS’92) and John Casey (C’96), May 27


Happy 2014 from the Webinar Program!

There are a few reasons why I’m especially excited about the lineup of webinars we’re bringing to our alumni in the first month of 2014.  I am focused on making January a month of reawakening as our office rethinks the strategy behind many of our programs and prepares for a busy second semester.  I believe our lineup of January webinars reflects the mood, as all of our presenters are highly energized and talented professionals that bring something unique to the “table.”

Seven of the ten presenters (four Hoyas and three “friends of Georgetown”) have never done a webinar for ACS, and I am glad to kick off our year with fresh faces so we can ensure we are offering content that fits the needs of all of our alumni.

An impressive nine out of our ten January presenters are entrepreneurs.  Each hail from a variety of industries and experience levels, but they all unite in a common thread: their business seeks to improve the lives of others in some way, shape, or form.  There’s Health Coach Janice Levitt (EML’12) who works with her clients to address their personal/professional issues holding them back from their ideal health and happiness.  There’s Arthur Woods (B’10), who left Google to co-found Imperative, a company that promotes discovery, self awareness, and community involvement on the path to a purpose-driven career.   There’s Christine Brown-Quinn (I’82), who left a 20+ year career in finance to launch ’Women in Business Superseries’ in order to create a platform to share success strategies for getting ahead in demanding corporate environments.

Each of these presenters will not only discuss their very interesting career paths, but they will also offer advice on leadership, branding, start-up environments, flexible workplace initatives, storytelling, time management, planning a purposeful career, and nanotechnology.  I hope you will join us for at least one of our January webinars and feel energized.  Cheers to you and your career in 2014!


January Webinar Calendar

To register for a session, click on the titles below:

Mindfulness Tactics to Improve Leadership, Janice Levitt (EML’12), Certified Health Coach, Savor Wellness

Can Flexible Working be Good for Business?; Christine Brown Quinn (I’82) & Jacqueline Frost, Co-Founders of Women in Business; Meryl Rosenthal & Robin Roschke, Co-Founders of FlexPaths

The Power of No; David Kaiser (B’90), PhD, Executive Coach & CEO, Dark Matter Consulting

Regulations for Nanosafety: Maximizing Benefits of Nanotechnology, While Minimizing Risk; Ilise Feitshans, JD (L’83)

Word of Mouth Marketing & the Importance of Storytelling; Mike Malloy (S’12), CEO of Waveborn

The Mindset of a Leader: Bridging the Management – Leadership Gap; Valia Glytsis (C’02), Career Coach and Founder of Redefining Leadership

Designing the Purpose-Driven Career; Arthur Woods (B’10), Co-founder at Imperative

Top 5 Issues We See in Alumni Resume Reviews

Did you know Alumni Career Services provides free virtual resume and cover letter reviews?  
You can simply submit your resume and/or cover letter to with a brief description of the types of things you will be using it for and a member of our staff with respond via email with a critique within 10 business days.  Did I mention this service was free?  For full details visit our website.   In the meantime, get a head start  by reviewing the 5 most common pieces of advice we provide alumni in their critiques.

1.  You need a stronger professional summary.  Once you have gained significant experience in your industry/field (generally 10+ years post graduation), a summary statement is a great way to highlight key skills and strengths. It allows you to highlight themes in your work experience and skills.  Check out our recent blog post dedicated to the dreaded professional summary.

2. Consider a functional format.  Functional resumes can be particularly useful during career transitions to emphasize transferable skills or if you are re-entering the workforce and you want to de-emphasize a gap on your resume. Functional resumes organize your accomplishments by skill area (i.e., management experience, communications experience, technical expertise, etc) with employer information (organization, title, and time frame) listed at the end of the resume).

3.  Consider length.  Given the fact that recruiters only have a few seconds to take in all that is on your resume, typically resumes should not go over 2 full pages. In order to maximize the space on the page try increasing your margins to .5 all the way around and decreasing the point size between sections to 5. You can also try decreasing your font size but we do not recommend going below a 10 point font.  Check out our recent blog post on maximizing space on your resume.

4.  Create your bucket lists.  It is often a good idea to group like experiences into categories. Some examples may include “Related Work Experience,” “Leadership Experience,” “Community Outreach,” “Higher Education Experience,” “Research Experience,” “Writing Experience,” etc.  Always put the most relevant/important groupings toward the top. These “buckets” will help a recruiter very quickly be able to glean information about your skill set/experiences.

5.  Don’t undersell! Often alumni sell themselves short in their employment descriptions. Quantify where possible to give the reader a sense of scope. For example, budget numbers, employee numbers, business size, etc would all help paint a picture of your work and just how busy you are! Additionally, you may be able to give a bit more detail in some cases. For example, go through your bullet points and for each ask who? what? and how? Are you providing the reader with not only the task but the process and accomplishment associated with it?

Check out our recent webinar on Resumes, Interviewing, & the World of Work along with many others about resume writing on our YouTube channel: