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

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

A New Way to Get Hired: Play Games!

Stuck in your job or internship search?
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Want new ideas on what types of work might play to your strengths?
Interested in a new way of looking at what organizations may be a good fit for you?

Check out pymetrics and play games to get hired!
pymetrics is an NYC-based startup working on making recruiting fun, effective and successful. Think LinkedIn meets OkCupid – where companies and candidates are matched for jobs, just as people are matched for dates. (But with a bit less drama.)

What is pymetricspymetrics uses a series of neuroscience games to identify and evaluate cognitive and socio-emotional traits, and give students access to a wide variety of companies looking to hire compatible profiles. Log on to play games to discover companies that are a great fit for you, and to find your ideal jobs/internships.

How to use pymetrics: Go to, sign up, and complete your profile by playing 12 games! Once your profile is complete, you will receive a personalized report detailing your cognitive and emotional traits. Your profile will then connect you to a variety of companies looking to hire based on compatible fit!

About pymetrics: Dartmouth’s own Frida Polli ’94 is the Founder and CEO of pymetrics. pymetrics has received rave reviews from students struggling to find inroads with competitive companies, and has attracted partner companies including Fidelity and Anheuser-Busch who are looking for new ways to connect with students. pymetrics currently matches students for a variety of different industries and functions, and regularly add new partner companies.

10 Ways to Maximize Your Break

In lieu of a long winter’s nap, take a short one and consider these 10 ways to get closer to your career goals over break:

    1. hopkins_center_snowParticipate in the Center for Professional Development’s Job Shadowing program. Over 100 alumni and parents are offering to share their expertise with current students through job shadowing opportunities and short term projects. Learn more here and sign up by December 1 to participate in the program. Miss the deadline or want some sample questions to ask? Check out our Networking Guide, available through the Resource Library on DartBoard.


    1. Find a regional Dartmouth alumni club in your area. Any parties or programs planned? Contact the leadership and ask if you can be of help. Why is this a good strategy – even if you feel intimidated? Dartmouth alumni and regional club leaders enjoy talking to current students, especially those who are interested in getting to know them! Many alumni may also have potential hiring needs — or leads on local employers who are seeking students.


    1. Reach out to an alum and ask about an informational interview. Check out the Dartmouth Career Network — we have over 23,000 alumni who have volunteered to help. Ask questions, get advice, and strategies you can put to use in your job or internship search. (Check out suggested questions and best practices on contacting alums here.)


    1. If you want to move to a new city or town for an internship or on a permanent basis, plan a trip on your own or with friends – and invite Dartmouth alumni to join you for coffee. Scope out a city, industry, or career field. The choice is yours.


    1. Explore projects and volunteer opportunities at non-profit organizations through


    1. Interested in internships, jobs or courses that require an in-depth knowledge of Excel? Use your Dartmouth e-mail address to register to use skillsX. Complete a short course in mastering Microsoft Excel and create a digital portfolio to show what you know.


    1. Help attract talent to Dartmouth. Contact the Admissions office and see how you can help out with local initiatives in your hometown or high school.


    1. Volunteer at your high school. It’s always nice to preserve and strengthen relationships with former teachers, coaches, and staff.


    1. Prepare for your job or internship search. Deadlines for applying for winter term interviews don’t start until January, but you’ll be able to see who’s coming to campus starting through the Recruiting Tab in DartBoard. You can start applying for positions on December 19.


  1. Allow yourself time to rest. Make sure you catch up on the sleep you missed over exam week – and get ready for a great January!

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Ready. Set. Go! Sweet Sixteen Challenge

Sweet 16 Summer Challenge


The Center for Professional Development (CPD) wants to challenge the ’16s on campus to develop life-long job-seeking skills and information this summer.  In order to do so, a student will:

  • Accept the Challenge under your DartBoard Profile
  • Complete 3 eligible programs offered through the CPD (Look for S16S beside the program title)
  • Network with parents & alumni; learn valuable skills; work towards an internship.
  • Show off your accomplishment with a Digital Badge once all is completed.

To participate:

  • Log into DartBoard to sign up for programs designated with (S16S)
  • Attend at least 3 of the programs offered; feel free to sign up for more!

Programs include:

  • Internship Ramp Bootcamp
  • Speed Networking
  • Recruiting Tutorial
  • The Many Face of Law
  • 6 Tips for 16s: Become an Expert Networker
  • Cracking the Case Interview
  • Crush Your Interviews

For more information, log into DartBoard.  Dare to Be Different!

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.

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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.

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.)

Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: #MentorMonday

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

Having a mentor is like having a more mature and experienced version of your conscious telling you what does and doesn’t work well in a particular industry or career.

Finding an office mentor is critical! You are going through an incredible amount of change and development during this time and it is important to find someone that you can look up to in the career field.

Have a boss that you admire? See if they will take you under their wing. Have a co-worker that does some amazing work? Schedule a lunch or dinner with them.

A job isn’t just a place to meet people and do work, it is a space of learning and growth. Find someone that you look up to and can get pointers and tips from as you grow in the position. Friendship and admiration can go a long way!

In admiration,

Jennifer McGrew ’13





Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: Who, What, When, Where, Why?

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

You know that age old saying, there’s no such thing as a dumb question? Well there isn’t. In order to make yourself not look dumb it is best to ask questions and ask a lot of them.

It takes time to be able to adjust to a new position. Not only are you learning the ropes of the job, but you are also trying to get into the groove of being a young adult as well. This tacked on being in a new environment and possibly a new location can lead to high stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! When you didn’t understand something during your lecture you raised your hand or spoke to the professor afterwards to ensure you knew the information for the upcoming test. Though there will probably not be any tests at work, you want to make sure that you know the information. You never know when you will be asked to give a presentation or explain your project to someone else.

Your new job is just that, new. You don’t know the lay of the land. You don’t know the social norms. Sometimes you don’t understand the protocol for a certain task in the office. Sometimes you don’t know what to do about a issue with a client. Sometimes you can’t get the job done on time. ASK FOR HELP! Easier sad than done, I know, but in the long run it will make your job a whole lot easier if you find a way to do it better and more effective.

The people that you work with understand that you are new to the job and they are there to help you! Feel comfortable being able to go and ask them for assistance if need be.

Are there any questions?

Jennifer McGrew ’13


Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: Rockabye Baby

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

Going from school to work is no small task. No longer can you rely on your 30 minute power nap after lunch or drop everything to grab a cup of coffee with a buddy. A job is 8 straight hours (ok minus the one we get for lunch) of work. Non stop work. It’s the kind of work that you have to constantly use your brain and your energy in order to succeed. I have found these few tips to have helped me out TREMENDOUSLY during my transition from student to full time worker.

Get sleep! That can literally never been said enough, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep… you get my point.

That may be one of the most overrated things ever, SLEEP. As a college student I prided myself on being able to run off of 3 hours of sleep. Now, 3 hours won’t get me out of bed in the morning. It is important that you realize that sleep really is a necessity. During school I could take a 30 minute power nap if need be to refuel for the rest of my day.When at my job I don’t have such opportunities to take breaks. I am constantly going from the time I step in the door till the moment I leave (and sometimes even after that).

There have even been studies that document just how crucial sleep is to be able to create a productive career in any field!

Sleep time is important and it is crucial for you to be able to put your best foot forward with all tasks that you do. Getting into a sleep schedule and keeping that schedule (even on the weekends!) is critical to feeling rested and restored for the day at work ahead of you.

Eyes wide shut until next time,
Jennifer McGrew ’13

October 3: Engineering Career Fair at Thayer School

The 17th Annual Thayer School of Engineering Career Fair is TODAY, October 3 thayer
(1pm-5pm) in the GlycoFi Atrium & The Great Hall at Thayer.

Can you attend if you are not an Engineering Sciences major? Yes! Companies that attend frequently offer internships and rotational training programs outside of Engineering and Computer Science.

The event is open to all Dartmouth students and alumni are welcome to attend.

There are 49 organizations attending, to view a list of participating
organizations, visit:

Participating employers include General Mills, Medtronic, Trinity Partners, Trip Advisor, Oracle and VistaPrint.