Recruiting: Just the Tip of the Iceberg

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Think the recruiting program isn’t for you?  While a range of employers from fields including marketing, communications and media, education, public service, consulting, financial services and information technology visit campus each term to recruit, Career Services offers access to a host of additional opportunities through resources on its website as well.

Navigating Career Services offerings online: THE BIG 3

DartBoard

The career office’s online platform for posting internship listings, DartBoard offers thousands of opportunities, some of which are only available to Dartmouth students! Access the website from the career services home page and create an account to get started. You can also use the site to stay up-to-date on on-campus information and recruitment sessions, track resume and cover letter documents, and apply to programs. The site also provides access to other regional and national databases for internships and entry-level jobs. You can check out databases like the Nationwide Internships Consortium, a network for 18 national colleges and universities, by clicking the “Internships” tab in DartBoard.

Dartmouth Career Network

Using your school ID, you can access the Dartmouth Career Network, a professional network of thousands of Dartmouth alumni who have said that they are willing to advise fellow alumni and students about pursuing a career in their field.  You can reach out to alumni for help understanding the ins and outs of a particular industry or finding contacts in a particular region.  Who knows – maybe the alum will turn out to be your first employer! Check out tips for contacting alumni here.  There is also a Dartmouth alumni Linked-In group, Facebook and Twitter page that you can access here, as well as alumni groups devoted to particular industries or student populations.

Internship Feedback Database

Accessible under the “Internships” tab in Dartboard, this database includes Dartmouth student feedback about internships they pursued in off-terms. The database can give you a fuller idea of the variety of internships that Dartmouth students pursue as well as a person to contact if you have further questions about that internship in particular or a similar internship in the same field. Students listed on the database may also be able to put you in contact with their previous employer and offer helpful tips about applying for positions.

Other tips and suggestions:

Subscribe to career services blitzes about opportunities in your area of interest! These blitzes may include information about off-term internships as well as chances to opportunities with visiting alumni. Subscribe through DartBoard by clicking on “My Account” and electing “My Profile,” then scrolling down to additional information. Select “Career Services Emails Desired” and add as many career fields as you are interested in. Emails are sent out bi-weekly and you can subscribe at any time.

Keep the career services page listed among your favorites and check the calendar regularly for the most updated information about opportunities, deadlines, and programs!

Expanding your search to national networks:

Many industries have job databases specific to their field, while others may carter to students and recent graduates. Click the “Internships” tab in DartBoard and select “Links by Careers” for a full list of national job databases organized by career, or check out national job boards like Idealist, One Day One Job, Simplyhired and The Riley Guide for more general postings.

Come by the career services office for help navigating Dartmouth and national databases, suggestions on how to contact alumni, and help preparing documents for potential employers like resumes and cover letters! Drop-in hours for the summer are Tuesday through Friday, 1:30 to 4 pm in Career Services at 63 South Main Street.

 

Vault: A Trove of Resources

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Photo courtesy of The Imperfect Traveller

Interested in off-campus opportunities in law, accounting, banking or consulting?  What about alternative energy, healthcare, biology and life sciences?  Deadlines for these opportunities are coming up, with the corporate recruitment deadlines now less than a week away (July 8 at midnight!).

Luckily Career Services subscribes to Vault, a leading online database with rankings and reviews of top employers that you can search by industry or location.  These resources can help you decide which company is right for you and tailor your cover letter. Vault also offers guides on specific industries, interviewing, and a host of other topics from grad school to corporate careers.

To access Vault, log into DartBoard, the Career Service’s platform to search and apply to job opportunities.  Once you are on your account homepage, click “Resource Library,” located in the tab on the left side of the page.  Click the “Vault Career Insider” link to access the Vault webpage and create an account to get started!

Once you are on the Vault website, you can click through the tabs on the top of the page to access reviews and rankings of specific firms or general information about industries and professions.  Vault also maintains a number of blogs about hot topics related to job search and interviewing that you can access here as well.

Alumni Stories: Dan August, Financial Planner and Analyst for the NFL

Dan August with New York Giants' defensive tackle Rock Bernard at the XLVI Super Bowl

Dan August with New York Giants’ defensive tackle Rocky Bernard at the XLVI Super Bowl

Dan August ’07 has worked for the past five years as a financial planner and analyst for the National Football League.  He previously worked as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley.  At Dartmouth, August pursued a major in Economics and volunteered for DREAM.  He is currently working toward his Masters in Business Administration at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School.

What is your position?

Financial planner and analyst for the National Football League

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

Manage financial processes for NFL businesses including budgeting, forecasting and business planning. I also assist with analysis for key strategic NFL initiatives.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

Working for a company that I am a fan of and that millions of others take an interest in.

What’s the best way to enter your field? Any essential elements of preparation?

Develop a strong skill set externally and keep an eye on the NFL career center. Depending upon what area we are hiring for, experience in sports is not necessarily a prerequisite.

What advice would you give to others seeking opportunities in this field?

Do not simply try to get your foot in the door, but rather look for positions that are good fits for your skill set. The NFL has a rotational program for students right out of college, but otherwise we generally hire people in specific fields or with sports backgrounds. Network with people in the field, ask smart questions, and check career centers if you are very interested.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth gave me the opportunity to get a great first job out of college (investment banking), which gave me the skills to join the NFL. Dartmouth’s career center also helped me learn to be a better interviewee and make sure my resume was focusing on my strongest aspects.