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 pymetrics.com, 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.

Alumni Stories: Nick Baum ’05, Software Designer

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Photo courtesy of Nick Baum

Nick Baum ’05 worked as a software designer and product manager at Google before leaving the company in 2011 to start his own social media networking site, WhereBerry, a virtual “bucket list” where users share restaurants or movies they enjoy. More recently Baum founded StoryWorth, a website where users record their family stories.

At Dartmouth, Baum was a member of the varsity swim team and an associate French teacher. He graduated Dartmouth Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with a major in computer science modified with economics.

Please provide a two sentence description of what you do:

StoryWorth makes it easy for people to record their family stories. As the sole founder, I’m responsible for everything from product design to programming to customer support.

What is most satisfying about your current work?

The most satisfying part about my work is hearing from real people who are closer to their families thanks to StoryWorth. Being a founder also means I have full control over how I prioritize my time, allowing me to do a variety of different things each day. It’s never boring!

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

The best way to prepare for being a software entrepreneur is to build things. You can absolutely do this while at Dartmouth: figure out a small product that you would find useful, and build the simplest version of that. Other than that, experience working at a small startup is invaluable.

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

If you’re a computer science major, I recommend taking risks early on. Having Dartmouth on your resume is great employment insurance, you’ll always be able to find a comfortable corporate job. Right now, you’ll learn a lot more by going to work for a small startup, or even applying to YCombinator and starting your own.

How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

I would not be doing this today if it weren’t for Dartmouth. I got a job as a software engineer at Google as part of their on-campus interviews, where I eventually became a product manager on Android and Google Chrome. Forget about investment banking and consulting – there are so many more interesting things you could be doing!

Is there anything that we haven’t asked you that you think we should?

A modified or double major is a great way to increase your job value. Scott Adams has a great blog post about this: if you want to be in the top 5% of what you do, you can either be in the top 5% of one discipline, or in the top 25% of two disciplines.

Get the Most Out of Summer Information Sessions

The summer is just heating up, but it’s time to start thinking about fall and winter internships.  There are currently 27 opportunities available through the summer recruiting program. Students can apply for positions through DartBoard, an online database of jobs and internships available for Dartmouth students.  Applications for positions listed through the on-campus recruiting program are due July 8 at midnight. (You can also find over 3,000 additional internships through DartBoard’s Job Search and Internships tabs.) 

Unsure what kind of an internship you are looking for?  Want to learn more about what differentiates firms in similar industries?  Sign up to attend on-campus information sessions to meet current employees, learn about the nature of work that companies do, and get your own questions answered. Information sessions start Tuesday, June 25 and run through July 11.

Here are five tips for getting the most out of on-campus information sessions:

1. Plan in advance

Check out the calendar on the Career Services website for up-to-date information about which companies will be visiting campus and when they have scheduled information sessions for students.

2. Show up on time

Arriving on time or a little early not only prevents you from standing in the back of the room during an information session, but gives you time for informal networking with company representatives.  You’ll need time to sign-in and collect your name tag as well, so don’t cut it too close!

3. Dress appropriately

The dress code for most information sessions is business casual.  It’s not too early to make a good impression, but especially in the summer, think khakis over suit pants.

4. Be an informed attendee

Do a little background research.  Surf the company’s website before the event so that you have a general idea about what day-to-day business might be like and what sorts of skills the employer may be looking for.  Bring a notepad as well so that you can jot down information that is helpful for your application.

5. Ask questions

Heard horror stories from friends that worked 80 hour weeks during their off-campus internship?  What about friends that spent their time bored and surfing Facebook?  Ask questions from potential employers about the hours, responsibilities, and work environment for interns.  Would you be working with a team or largely on your own, how many positions is the employer looking to fill, and are there any specific skills that the employer is looking for?  Responses to questions like these can help you tailor your cover letters and resume as well.

Don’t feel like you need to do everything.  Go to the information sessions that you are most interested in and follow-up with friends who attended other sessions to learn about those companies as well.  You won’t be closed out of an opportunity because you missed the information session.  Finally, sessions are scheduled to last one hour and should not overlap, but if a particular session is running over-time, it’s okay to leave!  

Alumni Conversations: Greg Clow ’81, Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com


Position: Editor at Top-Ten-Apps.com,  an iPhone app discovery email newsletter

Short description of what you do: I work on web development, app discovery and review, social network integration, analytics, email marketing, creative direction, art direction, and copywriting.

Degree at Dartmouth: Visual studies

1. Did you pursue any further education or training?

I took night classes from a San Francisco-based advertising school. All other training was done on the job.

2. Describe the path from your time at Dartmouth to your current activity.

I went from working in advertising in New York to advertising in Boston, and then I moved on to San Francisco. Eventually I moved from advertising to online marketing.

3. What activities/groups/events did you participate in while on campus?

I was a member of the squash team and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. I also skiied, worked on the snow sculpture design for Winter Carnival in 1980, designed Dartmouth Film Society posters, participated in the New England Art Show, and designed the Winter Carnival poster for four years. 

4. How do you translate your Dartmouth education and/or major to your career?

All my coworkers went to art school and had a four to six-year head start on me…. That was a sobering realization. However, in the field of creative advertising, the ability to call on my liberal arts background, and to reference pieces of societal and historical information that my colleagues did not have, helped a great deal. I also found it far easier to present ideas to business leaders because I was relating to them on a level playing field.

5. Do you have any advice for current students who are interested in the arts, both academically and personally? 

As I see it, there are three directions to take after Dartmouth as an artist:

1) You have the means, or a benefactor, with which to follow your creativity unencumbered by the necessity of income,

2) You choose a second career, and creating visual art becomes a second career or hobby, or

3) You go into marketing or advertising.

I chose the third path. As a piece of advice to artists in today’s digital world: Today it is so easy for non-artists to create beautiful things, that the fruits of our labor have become commodities. Photographers know this best. While the few truly great in the industry welcome the competition and claim that it will just “up the game,” for those just entering the field, the competition to just get a start is daunting. Why pay a professional photographer when I can just use my iPhone? Why hire an artist to create the art for a billboard when I can use Photoshop and stock photography at a fraction of the cost?

The smart way forward for today’s graduate is to find a way to use digital capabilities to expand the touch of your creativity — printmakers learned this. Make an engraving once, make a hundred prints, number them and sell them. One piece of art and a hundred copies = greater income and greater exposure. Today’s graduate has to look to multipliers in order to make an impact.

Winter, Spring, and Summer part-time, local, rewarding internships – ArtSuite

Winter, Spring, and Summer part-time, local, rewarding internships with ArtSuite

ArtSuite is a start-up with traction.  ArtSuite resides at the confluence of science, technology, and the arts.  It is developing a cutting edge social media concept, gaining significant notice in the arts.

Internship Program

ArtSuite brings Silicon Valley to the Upper Valley, with an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of new social media marketing in and beyond the Arts world. The organization is recruiting 4 part-time interns.

Wanted: Candidates with Rock Star potential who see no limits and want to redefine the very meaning of Art!

Interns will focus on one or more of the areas below, depending on their interest and abilities:

  • Social media marketing/branding/outreach (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+; timed social media engagement)
  • Blogging for social media content (weekly blog entries, strategic content for focused impact)
  • Market research (market-based feature set development)
  • Assistance in presentation development

Time Commitment:  4 to 5 hours per week – some days will be more, some less.  Organization is very flexible, and willing to work with individuals to make schedules work.

To Apply:  Submit cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to:  O’Neill Cushman <ocushman@gmail.com>. Include your Klout Score if you have one.  http://bit.ly/Y4rByD

Alumni Conversations: Garrett Simpson ’11, Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecure (India)

Position: Product Operations Fellow at PharmaSecurePhoto of Garrett Simpson '11 on the job in India

Location: New Delhi, India

Short description of what you do: As PharmaSecure is still a young company, I’ve been helping out with a variety of things. My main responsibilities are supporting the product development team by defining requirements for new products and overseeing their development, data analysis, and monitoring of current products.

Degree at Dartmouth: Bachelor’s of Engineering focusing in Mechanical Engineering

1. What is most satisfying about your current work?

The general work environment and the people I work with — the organization is very flat, and I’ve gained some great friends and mentors during my time here.

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

Networking — I audited a Tuck class my senior year, Intro to Entrepreneurship, and met the CEO (Nathan Sigworth ’07) after a class in which he gave a guest lecture. Ten months later I Facebook messaged him out of the blue during a week of intense job searching, asking him if there were any internships or fellowships available and luckily there were!

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

Reach out to and network with alumni. There are so many amazing people, and they will want to help you.  There are some useful job sites/lists that are more geared toward social enterprise as well, like social-enterprise-jobs@googlegroups.com.

5. How has Dartmouth supported you in your career development?

Dartmouth’s Network is truly amazing.  I’ve only just started out on my career more or less, with just a handful of internships under my belt, but all of my gainful employment post-graduation has been the direct result of networking with Dartmouth alumni.  As I’m starting to look for my next step, classmates a few years older than me have given great advice on how to frame my job search in a way that will help me clarify my career goals.

Conversation with Dickie George re: job and internship opportunities in Intelligence

Below is information received by Career Services from ISTS – Please note:  RSVP BY NOON FRIDAY, JULY 13th!

Please join us for a discussion with Dickie George on job and internship opportunities at Johns Hopkins University, Applied Physics Laboratory on Monday, July 16th from 2-3pm. The discussion will take place in the Jackson Conference Room of Cummings Hall.

RSVP at info.ists@dartmouth.edu by noon on Friday, July 13.



Dickie George was at the National Security Agency for 41 years, the last eight of which as Technical Director for Information Assurance; he currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Cyber Security for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics lab. Dickie will talk about life as a researcher in the Intelligence Community and will discuss opportunities for students as permanent hires and for seasonal (summer as well as other times) intern positions at both NSA and APL. There will be stories spy versus spy events, a discussion of what it means to be a target, a discussion of the threat/adversary model, the cold war, the cyber cold war, and how the adversarial model has changed. There will be ample time for questions about life in Maryland.

Questions? Contact info.ists@dartmouth.edu


Business & Technology together in a “Cool” Job! Check out an opportunity for a ’12 at Wayfair….

The Career Services Office just got notification about an opportunity at Wayfair.

“…this job opening that our Business Intelligence team just opened. They are hoping to fill it with a 2012 grad. …..The job is really cool: it’s a blend of business & technology, and great for any student with a technical acumen but isn’t looking to be an engineer. “

Look for the position in DartBoard.   Don’t delay…

Google Fall Internships – DEADLINE TO APPLY: May 29th @ 11:59PM

The Career Services Office received the following information about some great opportunities available at Google’s Mountain View location – read on:

Google is excited to offer fall internships for undergraduates in the Class of 2014 at our Mountain View location. For students with the ability to spend the academic term away from campus, this fall internship experience provides them with the opportunity to experience a business career at Google. The 10-12 week paid internship will bring interns to Google between September and December to work on a team completing a project that will make a difference.

The fall internship experience includes:

  • Impact: work with one of Google’s teams on an important business project
  • Exposure: get a first-hand look at the business side of a technology company
  • Development: learn from Googlers on your team, in your organization, and across the company
  • Fun: Experience and contribute to a core part of Google’s unique culture

To view current opportunities, review minimum qualifications, and to apply, visit http://www.google.com/intl/en/jobs/students/sga/undergrad/internships/uscanada/ and submit your resume and transcripts by Tuesday, May 29 at 11:59PM PST. A cover letter is optional. Students selected for interviews will be notified by email with additional information.

We’re looking forward to learning more about you and reviewing your application.  

Digital Library POST-GRAD Internship 2012-13 !

The Edward Connery Lathem ’51 Digital Library Internship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning Digital Library production, delivery, and assessment technologies and processes.The position is a paid, full-time internship with benefits (July 2012-June 2013). More information:     http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/digital/digitalIntern2012.pdf