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Alumni Career Services Webinar Series


Alumni Career Services Monthly Webinar Series

The 2014 Alumni Career Services Monthly Webinar Series features professionals with expertise on various career topics, ranging from entrepreneurship to career change and everything in between. See below for a complete listing of the seminars, as well as information on the speakers, dates, and times.

How a Webinar Works:
After registering for one of the webinars, you will receive a unique link from our service, GoToWebinar, via email. When it is time to join the webinar, click on this link, and your computer will automatically take you to the seminar via the Internet.  If you are not familiar with the webinar format, this simply means that you will be able to see the presenter's computer screen and hear both the presenter and other participants talk throughout the meeting time period.  All you will need during the seminar is access to a computer, the Internet, and a phone (or microphone and speakers hooked up to your computer). During the webinar, you will be able to ask questions and make comments by typing your questions/comments into a chat box.  About two weeks after the webinar, the presentation recording will be posted on our website in the Multimedia section (all past tele-seminar and webinar recordings are posted here as well).  You will be able to download the webinar, save it on your desktop, and view/listen to it again.

Registration for the seminars is free, although participants may incur long distance charges when calling in to the conference line (another option is to use a microphone and speakers hooked up to a computer). Note that space is limited, so please register for only those seminars that you intend to join. To register, simply click on the link below the seminars in which you are interested, enter your UNI and password, and then complete the form. Be sure to include a correct email address or the system will be unable to send you the webinar link (also check your spam boxes for the email). Note that the log-in information will be unique to you, so it is important that you save this information. If you have any questions about the seminar series, please call (212) 854-5609.

***Please note that UNI login is required for registration for all webinars. If you do not know your UNI or password please click here for Alumni or here for Students.

Fall 2014 Webinar Descriptions

Times:  12:30pm-1:15pm  (35 minute sessions with 10 minutes Q&A)

Thursday, August 21st: "Writing a Results-Focused and Targeted Resume: Selling Your Brand"

Speaker: Rose Sterling, Director, Alumni Career Services, Columbia University Center for Career Education

An accomplishment driven resume focuses on your proven history of exceeding expectations. Your goal is to accurately and positively relay your accomplishments to potential employers. Join this engaging webinar and learn effective strategies that will help you successfully showcase your professional brand and best position you as a top contender for the desired position.

Register here: Writing a Results-Focused and Targeted Resume: Selling Your Brand

Thursday, September 4th: "Effective Job Search Strategy: Finding the Right Opportunity in the Least Amount of Time"

Speaker:  Steve Dalton, Author of "The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Job Faster" & Senior Associate Director, Career Management Center, Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. Random House published Dalton’s debut book in March 2012 and its concepts are now taught at over fifty universities worldwide. Dalton has appeared in the Financial Times, Wall St. Journal, and, and he is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post.

The ability to predictably secure internal referrals is a fundamental skill for job seekers, new hires, and experienced professionals alike. In this session, The 2-Hour Job Search author and full-time Duke MBA career coach Steve Dalton outlines an exact process – rather than a series of tips – for effectively turning strangers into advocates, leading to more interviews, better internal networks, and higher sales. The 2-Hour Job Search methodology provides an alternative to online job posting “black holes” and speculative cold calling by turning the difficult topic of networking into something finite, easy to implement, and repeatable.

Register here: Effective Job Search Strategy: Finding the Right Opportunity in the Least Amount of Time


Thursday, October 9th: "Start with Who You Know: Leveraging Your CU Alumni Network through LinkedIn"

Speaker: Leigh Sylvia, Associate Director, Alumni Career Services, Columbia University Center for Career Education

It is proven that the number one way to secure a job is through networking, but where do you start? This session will focus on utilizing a resource immediately available at your fingertips - your CU alumni network! Learn how to strategically conduct successful searches of your fellow Columbians and start engaging conversations that will assist you with your job securement process.

Register here: Start with Who You Know: Leveraging Your CU Alumni Network through LinkedIn


Thursday, November 6th: "Ace the Interview: Be the Ideal Candidate"

Speaker: Caroline Ceniza- Levine, Career Expert & Co-founder of SixFigureStart® career coaching. She has worked on leadership development, career change, entrepreneurship and job search with executives from American Express, Citigroup, Condé Nast, eBay, Gilt, Google, Goldman Sachs, McKinsey, and other leading firms. She’s also a stand-up comic, so she’s not your typical coach.  Caroline was a music and economics major at Barnard College and teaches Salary Negotiation at Barnard’s Athena Center, as well as Professional Development at SIPA. She is the co-author of two books and a regular career contributor to

The perfect resume is fantastic, but the interview is what gets you the job. Interviewing is a skill that requires tactics and strategy.  Career Expert Caroline Ceniza-Levine will share specific best practices that will help you develop responses to the toughest questions and successfully become the top candidate of choice for your dream position. 

Register here: Ace the Interview: Be the Ideal Candidate


Thursday, December 4th: "What to Be with a PhD: Alternative Careers for Academics"

Speaker : Richard Kurz, Ph.D., Associate Dean, Graduate Student Career Development, Columbia University Center for Career Education.

You've graduated with a Ph.D or a Master's degree, but now find yourself considering non-academic employment.  What do you do? Join this interactive webinar, conducted by experienced higher education Ph.D counselor, Richard Kurz, to learn more about the common types of non-academic employment options that you can pursue.  You will also discover how to highlight and market the skills and knowledge you've gained from your studies as well as your previous employment experience.

Register here: What to Be with a Ph.D: Alternative Careers for Academics

Alumni Career Services Monthly Webinar Series Archive

Alumni Career Services Monthly Seminar Series are recorded and are currently available in our multimedia library. If you have any questions about these seminars, please call (212) 854-5609.

  • Thrive at Work with ADD (February 2008)
  • One Person/Multiple Careers (March 2008)
  • Career Change and Transition (April 2008)
  • Promote Yourself in Just 15 Seconds with the 15 Second Pitch (May 2008)
  • Career Paths for Creative Types (June 2008)
  • In Pursuit of the Balanced Life: Flexible Work Options (July 2008)
  • Standing Out in the Crowd: The Latest Resume and Job Search Tips (August 2008)
  • Explore Your Purpose and Find Work You Love (September 2008)
  • Writing a 3-page Business Plan that Sizzles (October 2008)
  • Self-Promotion for Introverts® (December 2008)
  • Take Control of Your Work+Life Fit, Even in an Economic Downturn (January 2009)
  • Recession-Proof Your Job (February 2009)
  • How to Effectively Handle a Job Layoff (February 2009)
  • Build Your Unique Brand Identity (March 2009)
  • Cracking the Code to Enter the Hidden Job Market (April 2009)
  • Navigating a Radical Career Change (May 2009)
  • Post Graduation: What's Next for the New Graduate? (June 2009)
  • Career Search Secrets: 7 Absolute Musts for Finding and Landing Your Dream Job (July 2009)
  • Navigating Successfully Through Corporate Change (September 2009)
  • The Self-Employment Option: How to Succeed at Starting Your Own Business (October 2009)
  • Interview and Get the Job (November 2009)
  • The Art of Effective Salary Negotiation (December 2009)
  • Do What You Are: How to Harness the Power of Personality Type to Find the Most Satisfying Career (January 2010)
  • Reach Your Goals in 2010: How to Define, Plan, and Achieve Them (February 2010)
  • Mastering Collaborative Competitive Relationships for Career Success (March 2010)
  • Take Control! Seven Steps to Becoming More Entrepreneurial about Your Career (April 2010)
  • Twitter Your Way to a New Job: Learn How Twitter Can Enhance Your Reach and Reputation, Deepen Your Digital Footprint, and Lead to Job Search Success (May 2010)
  • The New Retirement Model: Rewirement - Finding Fulfillment, Fun, and Funds in the Future (June 2010)
  • From Good Intention to Action, from Action to Career: Exploring Social-Impact Opportunities (July 2010)
  • How the Hiring Process Really Works: An Insider's Guide to Getting the Job (September 2010)
  • Breaking Through Barriers: Overcoming What's Stopping You from Success (October 2010)
  • Get Ahead: Using Social Media in Your Job Search (November 2010)
  • A Brave New World: Finding a Non-Academic Job (December 2010)
  • How to Write a Killer LinkedIn Profile (January 2011)
  • Work on Purpose: Create a Career that Matters (February 2011)
  • Getting Into a Top MBA/EMBA Program: How...and Why? (March 2011)
  • LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics (April 2011)
  • Working in the New Economy: How to Build Income Security in a World Without Job Security (May 2011)
  • Beyond the Basics: Taking LinkedIn to the Next Level (June 2011)
  • Ascension Planning: What Every Careerist Needs to Know about Getting Promoted (July 2011)
  • LinkedIn and the Job Search: Find the Link to Your Next Opportunity (August 2011)
  • Create a Compelling Marketing Campaign: Your Resume, Cover Letter, Online Profile, and Pitch (September 2011)
  • Where to Go Next: Alternative Careers for Attorneys (October 2011)
  • How to Reveal and Engage Your Whole Self at Work (December 2011)
  • SOAR to New Heights: Proclaiming Your Career Accomplishments in the New Year (January 2012)
  • Demystifying the Informational Interview: How to Utilize this Dynamic Process to Advance your Job Search (February 2012)
  • Stand Out from the Crowd: A Strong Resume in a Weak Economy (March 2012)
  • Growing Your Green Career: Building a Sustainable Future for You and the Planet (April 2012)
  • How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying (May 2012)
  • Career Change and Transition for Alumni (June 2012)
  • 21st Century Job Search: Creating, Managing and Leveraging Your Brand for Career Success (August 2012)
  • Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office (September 2012)
  • Pursuing Your Educational Goals: The Road Map to Graduate School (October 2012)
  • Redefining your Professional Identity after Raising a Family (November 2012)
  • Are You In the Know? Time to Update Your LinkedIn Knowledge! (December 2012)
  • Updating Your Personal Brand for Your Job Search (January 2014)
  • Freelancing: Start or Supplement Your Career (February 2014)
  • Networking for Veterans (March 2014)
  • Starting Your Career as an Artist (April 2014)
  • Reduce the 55-Hour Work Week (May 2014)
  • LinkedIn 101: Getting to Know the Basics (June 2014)

*Note that the November 2008, August 2009, August 2010, November 2011, and July 2012 seminars were not recorded due to the nature of the call (Open Career Counseling Call)

Thursday, March 22, 12-1pm