Sign Up Now for the All Ivy Environmental Fair (3/3/2017)

screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-10-10-20-amRegistration is now open for the 14th annual All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair!

All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career
March 3rd, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Alfred Lerner Hall, New York, NY

The Fair is held on the campus of Columbia University and is a great way to meet potential employers and to network with other students. Every year, we host this event with other Ivies to connect students with representatives who are hiring at top organizations.

We will be providing low-cost transportation options via van to New York. Sign up for a ride down will begin in early February and is first-come, first-serve. (More information to be provided in early January.)

At the Fair you will be able to meet potential employers from public agencies, consulting firms, nonprofit organizations, business and industry. Learn about careers, internships, part- and full-time opportunities.

To Register

  1. Visit the All Ivy Career Fair website
  2. Click on the Registration tab and select “as a job seeker”
  3. Register for a new account (if you attended the All Ivy Fair last year, then use the  same user/password)
  4. Once logged in, click on Events > Career Fairs > All Ivy Fair > RSVP
  5. Submit your resume to the All Ivy Resume Book

Let’s go get green jobs and internships!

An Easy Way to Make a Big Impression: Skill Up!

dartmouth_libraryInterested in applying for a position that requires more skills or knowledge than you currently have? Check out our tools for skill building – then market your new knowledge in your application.

We’ve recently added a new section in the Tools file of the DartBoard Resource Library. Check out our tip sheet on tools you can use to “Explore Interests, Build Skills & Showcase What You Know.” The tip sheet includes free resources available to Dartmouth students to learn more about a range of applications and systems including Microsoft Excel (SkillsX), Bloomberg Terminal (Tuck) and Lynda.com.

Got a question? Contact Chandlee Bryan at the Center for Professional Development.

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 10 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 10.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 10: Semi-Anchored Referencing http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x101-123/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 10: Copy Across Sequence http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x102-108/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/*

Learn to Master Microsoft Excel: Week 3 Excel Hacks!

Welcome to the Excel Hack of the Week!

Microsoft Excel is the most widely used program for data and numerical analysis. It is used in every industry and all areas of academic study. Learn to master this powerful tool with online instruction brought to you by skillsX and the Dartmouth Center for Professional Development.

The Excel Hacks of the Week are select clips from the skillsX video library* demonstrating Excel’s most useful and powerful capabilities. Each week the CPD will send out two videos, one geared toward beginners and one geared toward more experienced users. Here are the videos for week 3.

Rookie: How can Excel make my life easier?

Week 3: X-Y Scatter Plot. http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x121-112/

Experienced: How can I do more, faster and more efficiently with Excel?

Week 3: Toggle the Ribbon with Ctrl+F1. http://www.skillsx.com/topic/x102-105/

The full array of videos can be found at www.skillsX.com, where you are welcome to register free of charge. Don’t see a tutorial on a task you are trying to do? Just leave a comment on the Speak Up! page (see top menu) and we’ll add it. New videos every week!

*skillsX Video Library http://www.skillsx.com/reference/video-library/) *

Where’s the Resume Guide? What is Networking? How Do I Prepare for an Interview?

Have a suggestion for the CPD? Post a new idea or vote for one on our page.Check out what other feedback students have given us!

The Center for Professional Development is dedicated to being as accessible as possible to the student population at Dartmouth. UserVoice is a tool we have implemented for students to ask questions and get responses quickly, no matter the time of day or night.

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Where’s the Resume Guide? What is Networking? How Do I Prepare for an Interview?

The Center for Professional Development is dedicated to being as accessible as possible to the student population at Dartmouth. UserVoice is a tool we have implemented for students to ask questions and get responses quickly, no matter the time of day or night.

Have a suggestion for the CPD? Post a new idea or vote for one on our page.Check out what other feedback students have given us!

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5 Ways to Build Relationships with Faculty

Even if graduate school is not in your plans, it’s important to create great relationships with your professors. Get to know a faculty member well and they can help answer questions on course material, advise you on opportunities to apply what you study in a job or profession, and — when the time comes — write you a recommendation for a new opportunity.

Here are five tips for relationship building — courtesy of the Undergraduate Dean’s office:

  1. Go to office hours when you don’t need to.
    Show them your level of interest in what you are studying.
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  2. Give notice that you’ll be missing class in advance.
    If you are going to be out of town or have the flu, let your professor know that you’ll be missing class ahead of time. In some cases, you may be able to get notes from others.
  3. Ask about a final grade.
    Not sure why or how you ended up with the course grade you did on a transcript. Contact your faculty and ask to have a face-to-face conversation. If you did better than expected, find out what you did well. If your grade was lower than expected, it’s okay to ask why — just be careful not to play defense. Understand what happened.
  4. Pick up your final exam
    Aren’t you curious about how you did?
  5. Send a note to the professor thanking them.
    Whether you enjoyed a class, discovered a new discipline you never thought of before, changed your idea on what to major in or simply looked forward to your class everyday, say so. Who doesn’t love genuine positive feedback?Follow two or more of these steps and you’ll be well on your way to building strong relationships with your faculty!

 

How to Ask for An Informational Interview

careertips13-150x150So you have checked the Dartmouth Career Network and can’t find an alum who works at your dream organization. Here’s how to find and approach potential contacts and get them to say yes — every time.

Special thanks to The Muse for this content…

Want to find alums willing to talk with you for informational interviews? Check out the Dartmouth Career Network.

Tongue tied as to what to say? Read our tips on how to reach out to alums. You’ll also find a list of questions you can use to get started.

Using LinkedIn to Plan Your Career

As an intern for the Center for Professional Development (formerly Career Services when I worked there),  I discovered the power of LinkedIn in helping to brainstorm my career progression and the skills needed for the careers I desire. Here are the 3 simple steps that I followed using LinkedIn to network, discover opportunities, and plan out my career:

1. Research before you write or connect.

LinkedIn Post Advanced Search Screen

Increase the relevancy of your search by making use of the advanced search tool (pictured above). Try using specific keywords that might highlight the people who share your interests. Always look for those who are members of the Dartmouth College Alumni Group, as they specifically chose to be a member and would likely be the most receptive to your inquiries. Be sure to also reference the Dartmouth Career Network, which contains over 23,000 alumni who have each volunteered to help. Check out our suggestions on how to best contact and start a conversation with alumni here.

Need help optimizing your professional presence? Don’t forget to sign up for the LinkedIn workshops to get a better idea of how you can use LinkedIn to better tell your story. The workshops highlight the differences between LinkedIn and traditional media and will empower you to both assess and showcase your skills and interests using LinkedIn’s tools.  We’ll teach you how to best structure your profile and how you can then use it to network and have conversations with either alumni or potential employers that go beyond the basics.

2. Investigate career paths of others with your interests.

One of LinkedIn’s most powerful uses—and probably its most basic one—is to simply gauge how others have both built upon and progressed in their experiences. Using the methods of research discussed above, locate potential new connections who share your interests and check out the track of their professional career path. This information will not only allow you to detect a shared interest between yourself and this person for a potential conversation starter but will also allow you to make more informed decisions about the companies to which you will apply.

3.Spot trends in these paths.

Let LinkedIn be an additional career consultant. When looking at the trajectory of someone’s career, be sure to make note of how his or her career has grown and notice any trends within the career path of this person you chose on the basis of mutual interest. In tracking his/her career progression, notice how he/she was able to use the skills he/she developed from one position in order to progress into another position. With this information, you will get a better idea of what types of skills will enable you to move toward your desired role.

How can I tell you this? I used this exact framework when I got the chicken pox during one of my off-terms. I used LinkedIn as a resource to find and reach out to people for informational interviews.

I then sent applications for approximately 20 listings I found both on DartBoard and other websites. I had many interviews, some rejections, and ultimately selected the internship that was right for me.

Diversity Peer Leadership Program – Winter Workshops

–Submit by Saturday, February 22–

DIVERSITY PEER LEADERSHIP PROGRAM  (DPP)

WINTER WORKSHOPS

Presented by the Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) on

Saturday, March 1

9am – 5pm

The Diversity Peer Leadership Program (DPP) is a daylong series of workshops aimed at exploring personal narratives of identity, understanding privilege, and brainstorming strategies for thoughtful, active allyship. DPP contextualizes the structural nature of privilege and oppression, situating personal experiences within systems of social norms.

Even if you’ve never had these conversations, you should apply!

The program is open to new and previous participants.

Applications are due by Saturday, February 22nd at 11:59pm.

Blitz questions, concerns, and completed apps to: Diversity.Peer.Leadership.Program@dartmouth.edu

Thank you!