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.

Schuyler Evans ’10 & Molly Hallam ’09: DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media)

Interested in the Arts & Entertainment Industry?  Connect with DAEMA (Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association).  Below are two of the alumni involved with this organization.

Schuyler Evans ’10 – President DAEMA

Motion Picture & Television Literary Manager


Schuyler Evans is a motion picture and television literary manager based in Los Angeles. He heads up the emerging talent program at Scenario where he guides the careers of writers, directors, and creative producers. He began his work in radio with Dartmouth Broadcasting while a student. After several years in commercial radio where he worked in management and sales as well as an on-air personality, Schuyler started at Scenario as an intern, working his way up to assistant, then manager in record time.  A graduate of Dartmouth College, he serves as the President of Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association.  He grew up in Los Angeles, inspired from an early age by his grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ careers in the movie industry both in front of and behind the camera.


Molly Hallam ’09 – VP of Jobs & Internships for DAEMA

Production Coordinator, 26 DB Productions


Molly Hallam currently runs the Los Angeles branch of French filmmaker Dany Boon’s production company. Previously she has worked in foreign film sales as well as commercial production. She also co-produced a short documentary THE GASKETTES, which won its category at the 2012 LA Film and Script Festival. Hailing from Jacksonville FL, she graduated Dartmouth College in 2009 with a B.A. in French and Psychology. As an alumna, she serves as VP of Jobs and Internships for the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association. Her focus is to help new graduates navigate the transition from Hanover to Hollywood and break into the entertainment industry.


DAEMA website:

DAEMA Facebook

DAEMA also has a LinkedIn Group; look them up when your profile is completed to your satisfaction.

How to Look for Internships over Break

Preparing to kick-off an internship search over Spring Break?

If it’s your first time looking for internships at Dartmouth, here’s a quick overview of Center for Professional Development resources you can use in your search.

  1. Where to Find Internship Listings: Log into DartBoard, accessible through the right-hand menu of the Center for Professional Development homepage. If you haven’t logged into DartBoard before, please follow directions on the LogIn page. To receive regular Blitz Bulletins highlighting opportunities in areas of interest, subscribe to Career Services Emails in the My Profile settings under My Account.
  2. You’ll find a list of internships employers have posted through the “Jobs & Internships” tab. Use the Advanced Search feature and select “Internship” under Position Type to find additional internship listings. If you see an internship listed in the tab under our recruiting program and would like to apply, visit the Recruiting section of our website to learn more about how our recruiting program works and about how to apply. (Note: The first deadline to apply for internships through the recruiting program is January 14, so you have plenty of time to meet with a Career Advisor after classes start if you have questions.)
  3. You can also see additional Internship listings if you search under the “More Jobs and Internships” tab in DartBoard. Be sure to check out leads from the National Internship Consortium (NIC); you’ll also find links to internship boards with government and non-profit opportunities. You can also find reviews of internships held by other Dartmouth students through the Internship Feedback Database.

Alternate sites to search by specific fields of interest can also be found on the CPD website at:  These sites have been vetted by staff members of the CPD.

Want to take a stab at putting together or refining your resume before you get back to school? Check out our all-new Resume Guide in the Resource Library of DartBoard. (You must log into DartBoard for access.)

Diversity Peer Leadership Program – Winter Workshops

–Submit by Saturday, February 22–



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:

Thank you!

Tuck Business & Society Conference: Apply by 2/13 to Attend

Tuck Business & Society Conference
very year, Tuck MBA students organize and host a conference that examines the impact of a selected initiative on business and society. The conference brings together leaders from a wide range of fields to discuss the role that business leaders can play in creating a more sustainable world.

This year, the conference examines business as a lever for social change with an emphasis on how the business community can affect change in the social sphere.

The conference organizers have graciously offered up to 30 undergraduates the opportunity to attend the conference for free. The application process for an invitation is simple — review the conference website, and tell us:

  • Why you want to attend,
  • What you hope to gain from the experience, and
  • How you hope to connect what you learn to your career.

Apply online:

Applications are due by Thursday, February 13. Invites will be issued by February 18. (If you have to miss a session or two due to class, that’s okay!)

Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: Stay Classy

This is the fifth and final part in a five part series that provides a tip about the transition from college student to full time employee.

You hear it time and time again, “You can’t go to work dressed like that!” No longer will your running shorts or Dartmouth hoodie pass as acceptable attire (unless of course you are a gym teacher or professional athlete). Deciding what to wear to work can become a job in and of itself. It is important that you take time to make yourself presentable. It is no longer ok to roll out of bed, thrown on a pair of sweats and spray half a bottle of body spray to make it through the day.

Regardless of what the dress code for the office is, make sure that you don’t look like you got dressed in the dark. Not to say that you need to look red carpet ready at all times, but you want to make sure that you not only represent yourself but also your company well. Make sure that your clothes are not wrinkled or has day old stains on them (that will never be in style). Ladies make sure your top is not too low cut and Gentlemen make sure your shirt tail is tucked in your pants. You don’t want people to question if you just came from a walk of shame because you look unkempt. The first thing people notice about you is your appearance so make sure you are making solid first impressions.

Stay classy my friends,

Jennifer McGrew ’13