Virtual Hub:

Professional Development

Catch up on the latest UCF Alumni offerings with our library of recorded events and webinars. We’ve compiled a variety of recorded events and webinars in one place for you to enjoy at your convenience. Some are available for a limited time, so check them out now!

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Professional Development

Crafting Your Professional Brand: Understanding the Who, What, When and How

In this transformative session, UCF Career Coach Jessica Villegas ’13 will guide you through the fundamental aspects of professional branding. Discover the “who” – your authentic self; the “what” – your strengths and skills’ the “when” the opportune moments to shine, and the “how” – effective strategies to craft a compelling personal brand. Join us for an inspiring journey where you will learn to leverage your individuality to success. Take advantage of this chance to unlock your full potential!

Resume Writing: It's Not That SPOOKY

Are you tired of haunting job boards and submitting resume after resume, only to be ghosted by employers? Come learn the best tips and tricks (or treats!) to flesh out that skeleton of a resume and make a spook-tacular first impression! In this webinar, you will discover how to strategically organize your experiences and present your skills, so you can submit a tailored document that stands-out from the crowd of applicants. Crafting a boo-tiful resume and applying to jobs doesn’t have to be so scary!

Future-Proof Your Career: How to Build a Career Plan

A career development plan can be a helpful tool to identify, organize and communicate your career goals. Part of career planning is deciding on which action to take based on the information you collect. Join us as Career Coach, Sim Khandaker ’07 ’15MA, shares his tips on creating a career development plan for any stage of your career!


Show Me the Money: Effective Salary Negotiations

Salary negotiating can be scary, but we can all learn how to be more confident during the process! If you’re looking for a promotion or maybe a new role with a higher salary, then this webinar is just for you! Join us in this live audience Q&A as Career Coach, Sim Khandaker ’07 ’15MA, shares his tips on salary negotiations and making more money in the workplace!


What You’ll Learn

  • The secret to getting promotions
  • How to apply key negotiation principles
  • How to know your worth in a growing economy
  • Best practices for asking, and getting, what you want

Crafting a Standout Resume

Employers spend less than 6 seconds looking at your resume the first time. In a tough job market, you need a resume that helps you stand out in a sea of applicants. Alaina Rahaim ’16, shares with us her tips and strategies on writing an interview-worthy resume!

What You’ll Learn
-Tips on improving your resume’s performance
-Resume formatting best practices
-How to communicate your qualifications and brand

Alumni Resume Building: Beyond the Piece of Paper

Steven Branstetter ’11, director of recruiting and member of the EAG (Expert Advisory Group) for LinkedIn Recruiting and Staffing, provides tips and strategies on how to use your experience to build your professional story into a resume. Branstetter coaches on how to use and show the transition of your work experience to get your next job and leverage your network.

Shift Happens: Strategies for Exploring New Career Paths

Join us as Career Coach, Alaina Rahaim ’16 shares her tips on determining what career paths are best fit for you to pursue and career exploration strategies through self-reflection, online research, engaging in experiences and networking. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to practice self-reflection to determine your values, interests and skills related to careers.
  • Strategies and resources to conduct occupational research
  • How to make connections and the importance of informational interviews

Building Professional Resumes That Work

Workers are quitting in rapid numbers and candidates have more leverage. Join us as career coach, Holly Noon ’11 ’16MS, shares with us her tips and strategies on creating a professional resume that gets noticed.


What You’ll Learn:

  • The best way to draft your resume based on experience
  • Do’s and don’ts for resume formatting and content
  • How to tell your professional story in two pages or less
  • View samples of what great resumes look like

Career Transitions Making a Change Into Growing Industries

Join us as we speak with Tiffany Carroll ’12 and Rebecca Pourghafari ’09 from IZEA, a marketing technology company that provides software and services that enable brands to collaborate with influencers. In this guided session moderated by Jordan Grushka ’14 ’16MA, Chair-elect of the UCF Young Alumni Council, we will discuss the growing industry of influencer marketing, the many different roles IZEA seeks to fill and how you can transition from one career into this newer industry!

Communicating Your Value In An Interview

Your experience won’t always speak for itself. Join Job Search Coach Marelena Price Cruz ’15, to learn how to stand out in the right way during your interview and become the candidate to beat! 

You’ll learn how to:

-Think outside the box when submitting your application

-Share your value through storytelling 

-Identify and overcome potential reservations 

-Communicate confidently as a new professional or career changer 

Nailing the Interview

A series of workshops to teach you skills you didn’t know you needed to know. 

In this session, we speak with Heather Deyrieux ’03 ’09MSM, SHRM-SCP, SPHR to answer your questions on preparing for a virtual interview, showcasing your best self, and leaving a lasting impression!

Career Transitions How to Change Lanes

UCF Alumna, Lynn Chisholm ’80, will share tips and strategies on making a career change that works! Lynn will discuss how to:

  • Edit your resume content for the position you want
  • Develop and enhance your network on LinkedIn
  • Identify and clarify your brand in today’s market

Hired! How to Use Social Media to Stand Out to Employers

Natalie Zfat ’06 is a social media entrepreneur and Forbes Contributor who has partnered with some of the most iconic brands in the world, including Facebook, Samsung, LinkedIn and American Express. Zfat’s beloved social media community of 100K+ followers are dreamers, doers and entrepreneurs, from college students to CEOs. Zfat is a regular contributor to the business industry’s most respected publications and most importantly, a proud UCF alumna! On May 12, Natalie will host a professional development session on How to Use Social Media to Stand Out to Employers.

Elevate and Empower: Leveraging Mentorship Relationships

Mentorship programs are designed to provide professional development strategies through mentor-mentee connections. The University of Central Florida students and alumni are matched based on the professional development skills the student desires to learn.

This zoom webinar is the Kickoff meeting for all mentors and mentees participating this academic year. This program will teach participants about UCF Knights Network and the milestones they are expected to complete as part of their program.

The Power of Personal Branding

Discover how to create a strong personal brand on social media with Natalie Zfat ’06, a social media entrepreneur, Forbes Contributor and UCF alumna. Natalie has partnered with some of the world’s most iconic brands, including Facebook, American Express, Samsung and LinkedIn. Now, Natalie brings her expert advice to building the next great brand: yours!

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