Alumni Career Speaker Series


The Westmont College Alumni and Parent Relations Office offers a free, monthly career speaker series to help alumni build a successful career and job search strategy. The series features the nation’s top career experts and authors who share their research and advice. To access the webinars, go to and register as a New User with an email address. After the initial registration, you may log in thereafter as a Returning User.

Subscribers will have access to live webinars as well as recordings and PDFs of archived presentations. Live webinars are held on the first Wednesday of each month from 5-6 p.m. PST. Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time.

October 1st: Rich Gillis - "How to Find Your Next Job in One Day"

rich gillisLearn how to search for a job with a lot less effort!  Research shows that your chances of getting a job decrease each month you are unemployed.  If the “handwriting is on the wall,” or you are thinking of a job change, pick up proven techniques to not only land a job faster, but to land a job that fits your chosen career path.

You will learn:
1.      Simple techniques to identify jobs you can “close” faster.
2.      What employers are looking for so that you can adapt your search.
3.      Effective ways to show your “ROI” by emphasizing your past accomplishments.
…all by gaining the insight and practical wisdom of author Rick Gillis.

November 5th:
Viveka von Rosen - "Let LinkedIn Market Your Skills & Experience"

webinar photoYou have an opportunity to let LinkedIn work for you 24/7!  Viveka Von Rosen, author ofLinkedIn Marketing an Hour a Day, will provide exceptional strategies to help you maximize the free tools LinkedIn provides.  Weather you are looking for a job-- or are simply looking for more business-- you will walk away with strategies you can implement instantly!

You will learn:
1.      How supercharge your LinkedIn page to be found by others.
2.      Techniques to build relationships in companies for which you want to work, or with which you want to do business.
3.      Incredible techniques to build relationships within groups.
4.      Effortless ways to build your brand and keep others aware of you.

December 3rd: John Kador - "Master the Art & Science of Interviewing"

john kadorStudies show the average job seeker will go through 16 interviews before getting a job offer!  Join John Kador, author of 301 Best Questions to ASK on Your Interview, to learn how you can maximize the opportunities you get.  You will walk away with a strategy that gives you more confidence and control of the interview process.

You will learn:
1.    How to wow interviewers when asked, “"Is there anything you'd like to ask us?"
2.   The behaviors hiring managers are looking for in candidates.
3.   Dozens of questions and simple research exercises you can use at an interview to make you more memorable than your competitors.

January 7th: Los Ellis - "Grab Your Keys and Drive Your Career"

Los EllisYour leadership skills are the key to helping you reach that next step on the corporate ladder.  In today’s lean organizations, everyone is expected to step into a leadership role of some kind. To do that, sometimes you need to rebrand yourself!  Join Los Ellis, author of Keys to Life Business Success, to learn how to expand your leadership skills, get noticed and gain the appreciation of those with whom you work.

You will learn:
1.      How to recognize the moments when you should take a leadership role.
2.      Proven strategies to show others your capabilities while taking charge of situations.
3.      Enormously effective yet simple techniques to rebrand yourself.