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Advance with CMU tools and resources during Career & Professional Development Month

Career success doesn’t just happen. The CMU Alumni Association is here to help you shape your career and develop your potential — with an entire month of events and resources.

During Career & Professional Development Month in May, we’ll share tips, programs and events to help you increase your leadership skills, build your network and secure that dream role.

Stay connected all month by connecting with us on Facebook and LinkedIn, joining thousands of CMU alumni in the online Alumni Community, and watching for weekly posts on our website every Monday.

Week 1 Tips
Plan Your Future

Week 2 Tips
Get Organized

Week 3 Tips
Expand Your Executive Presence

Week 4 Tips (Coming Soon)
Strengthen Your Network

Week #3 – Expand Your Executive Presence – May 16

Showcase your leadership potential, gain confidence and learn how you can stand out from the crowd by inspiring confidence.

Public Speaking: Tips for Introverts & Extroverts

Sammie Walker Herrera (DC 2016), accountability and public speaking coach at Yasir Khan Coaching, explores why communication skills are key in the workplace and provides techniques to improve your speaking no matter your personality style.

How to Ace an Interview: A Recruiter’s Perspective

Mike Mayer (DC 1982; HNZ 1983), founder of Mayer Madison, shares insider tips and techniques for job search success from the first interview through final salary negotiations.

5 Secrets to Unlock the Power of Your Executive Presence

Learn how to embrace the inherent power of your presence and understand the impact your impression can make when doing business with David McKnight (HNZ 1996), president and CEO of McKnight Image Lab.

Conquering Imposter Syndrome

Gain effective mechanisms and techniques to overcome self-doubt and own your accomplishments with Faryal Khan-Thompson (DC 2008), vice president, international at TuneCore.

Career Coaches: If you graduated from CMU more than five years ago and are looking to accelerate your career, develop your executive presence, pivot to a new field and more, set up an appointment with a member of the Alumni Career & Executive Coach Directory. CMU alumni like you have access to this valuable directory of fellow alumni serving as professional executive and career coaches who provide discounted fee-based personalized professional development services.

Week #2 – Get Organized – May 9

Take that next step upward in your career — or tackle your job search successfully — with valuable organizational skills that boost your integrity and reliability.

Crafting a Stand Out Resume

Learn resume best practices including the best information to highlight, what to leave off, formatting and content guidelines with Elizabeth Gross (DC 1990), head diva at Job Search Divas.

Preparing for a Job Search

Tim Lo (DC 2002; HNZ 2003), owner of Your Next Jump, shares how to market and brand yourself during interviews and reveals his career-building strategies, job search tips and what to say (and not to say) once you land that dream interview.

Conquering Your Job Search Journey

Discover how to create a realistic plan for managing your job search, including tips on staying organized, effective networking strategies and keeping motivated with Elizabeth Gross (DC 1990), head diva at Job Search Divas.

Week #1 – Plan Your Future – May 2

Transitioning into a new industry, exploring a new aspect of your current role or progressing toward a promotion? Plot your path forward with these helpful resources:

Managing a Work-Life Balance

Jess Anders (DC 2009), career advisor at Resmrkt, shares how to explore your identity and set priorities to reach your personal and professional goals — inside and outside the workplace.

Building a Successful Mentor Relationship

Sirisha Kuchimanchi (ENG 1999, 2007), quality manager at Texas Instruments, discusses how to maximize a mentor and their mentorship.

Facing Your Fear: Switching Careers

Learn strategies for choosing a new career path, determining your strengths to highlight additional careers and tips for pivoting into fresh opportunities with Kent Haina Jr. (DC 2004).

Handshake: Explore job postings, career fairs, workshops, the CareerShift job search/career management platform and more.

CPDC Career Consulting: Receive support from CPDC career counselors or alumni career and executive coaches.

Featured Events

joanna-lovering.jpgReConnect Webinar: Unlock the Power of Presence to Wow Others on Zoom
Tuesday, May 17 at 5 p.m. ET

Joanna Lovering (CMU 2004), founder of Copper + Rise, shows how to perfect your executive presence in virtual meetings and presentations. We’ll rebroadcast Joanna’s original presentation from December 2020, and she’ll be present for a live Q&A.

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Untapping the Power of LinkedIn
Wednesday, May 18 at 5:30 p.m. ET

Learn how to optimize your LinkedIn profile with easy tips and best practices from career consultant Colleen (Dillon) Paulson (ENG 1996) during this webinar hosted by the Pittsburgh Network.

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leeanne_susan_400w_ua-22-268_noshadow.pngDeveloping Your Leadership Brand & Executive Presence
Thursday, May 19 at noon ET

Susan Caplan, director of global open enrollment programs for Executive Education at Tepper School of Business, and Leanne Meyer, leadership author and speaker, discuss how to build your personal leadership brand and grow your executive presence.

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juan-acosta-400x400.jpgReConnect Webinar: From Awkward Encounters to Real Connections: Networking 101
Wednesday, May 25 at noon ET

Juan Acosta (DC 2015), program manager for global network optimization at Amazon, offers advice on how to engage with others and expand your network. We’ll rebroadcast Juan’s original presentation from June 2019, and he’ll be present for a live Q&A.

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