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.

Leave Term Housing Resources (Check ’em out at the CPD)

Finally landed that summer internship but now wondering how to go about finding a place to live?

Come into the Center for Professional Development Office, located at 63 S. Main (2nd floor of the Bank of America building), and check out our housing binder for your all-inclusive guide to securing rental housing for your leave and/or summer term. The binder includes everything from approximate housing costs to the types of housing to consider to suggestions about how to find a roommate. It will also provide you with useful tips and resources for securing housing in specific cities and locations, including information on renting apartments abroad.

If your summer plans will bring you to New York City or Boston, make sure you check out options that will allow you to lease space without paying a broker’s fee. One website that provides this information is Educational Housing Services; but you can find other good resources in our office.

Don’t forget to reach out to family, friends, and alumni in your search for apartment rentals as well. Never hurts to say, “Hey, you were in Boston last summer? Where did you live and how did you find your place?”

CAREER BLITZ: Communication

TOPICS INCLUDE:

  1. Dolphin Organics – Marketing/Brand Development INTERN
  2. Health Communications – Communications Assistant – POST-GRAD
  3. Columbia Publishing Course – June 16-July 26
  4. DIRECT MARKETING JOBS
  5. IdeaRocket – Copywriting/Marketing INTERN
  6. Associate Consultant (strategy) – Interbrand (NY) POST-GRAD
  7. Turner Broadcasting – Summer CNN INTERNSHIPS
  8. ABC Studios Production Associates Program –  POST-GRAD
  9. CBS Entertainment – Daytime Writers Initiative
  10. Communications and Social Media FellowThe Invincibles (6 mos.) POST-GRAD

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1. Dolphin Organics – Marketing/Brand Development INTERN:

Work alongside Dartmouth alum and Founder/ Director of Brand Development to: Research trends in the Natural and Organic Personal Care Industry; With creation of Marketing Materials; Participate in semiweekly team meetings and brainstorming sessions; Learn about strategic business planning, website development, marketing and social media IN Pound Ridge, NY (Westchester County).  Unpaid.  Send resume, cover letter and list of references to Ayo Hart ayo@dolphinorganics.com  Tel# 855-289-3657 x1

2. Health Communications – Communications Assistant – POST-GRAD:  (Cambridge, MA)

Feinstein Kean Healthcare (FKH) is a strategy/communication company that works with organizations that are closest to emerging trends in science, medicine, business, policy and healthy consumer behaviors. Its clients include global pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, diagnostic and device companies; personal genomics, nutrition and wellness companies and institutions; health information technology providers; contract research and health services firms; consulting organizations; advocacy groups and professional and industry organizations; academic medicine and government agencies. Provide day-to-day support to the EVP of Health Sciences, communications activities for clients and administrative functions of the firm.  http://bit.ly/e0gpgH

3. Columbia Publishing Course – June 16-July 26:

An intensive immersion program that provides a comparison of book, magazine and digital publishing. Students learn from writers, editors, publishers, design directors and illustrators, advertising experts and publicists.  A career fair is held in New York the week after the course ends and the course offers extensive career placement and support services.  http://bit.ly/XWhUz6  DEADLINE:  MARCH 18

4.  DIRECT MARKETING JOBS:

The Direct Marketing Educational Foundation provides an online job search site. Direct/Interactive marketing professionals focus on the consumer, data and accountability.  They help companies figure out individuals, with great communication skills who are not afraid of numbers. Positions include:  Account Coordinator, Community Manager, which campaigns are working best and how to use marketing dollars more effectively. Marketing departments and agencies are looking for well-rounded Database Marketing Coordinator, Email Marketing Specialist,  Graphic Designer, Marketing Analysts, Social Media Coordinator and Web Content Writer.  http://bit.ly/X9jGzH

5. IdeaRocket – Copywriting/Marketing INTERN:

Specializing in explainer videos, IdeaRocket is a full-service animation studio in NYC. Pays $15 @ hr. (20-24 hrs. a week). Write some scripts for clients, but most of your work will be blog-writing, social media updating, email outreach, and marketing our business in general.  send a cover letter, resume and a brief sample of your finest writing.  http://bit.ly/XTiD7c

6. Associate Consultant (strategy) – Interbrand (NY) POST-GRAD:

Looking for candidates who are comfortable working with numbers and understanding timelines;  related work experience in client service, branding, design, marketing, communications a plus. http://bit.ly/XTiCA2

7.Turner Broadcasting – Summer CNN INTERNSHIPS:

Internships in Atlanta, New York, DC in areas such as News, Entertainment, CNN en Espanol, CNNPolitics, Investigative Unit, IT & Engineering, Medical Unit, State of the Union, Public Relations, Technical/Media Operations, Creative Services, Programming and more. http://bit.ly/13IJN1l

8. ABC Studios Production Associates Program –  POST-GRAD:

The program lets candidates experience many different areas of the multifaceted, corporate side of production, including: Production Management; Production Finance; Post-Production Management; Studio Crafts Management; and Production Business & Legal Affairs.  http://bit.ly/ZuTK1C    Click ‘Download Application’  * ONLY APPLY between MARCH 18-APRIL 5, 2013

9. CBS Entertainment – Daytime Writers Initiative:

This initiative provides qualified diverse writers with mentorship, career development and access to Daytime decision makers and writing staffs of CBS’ Daytime dramas, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful. This is NOT employment and there is no monetary compensation. The goal is to provide an immersive, educational experience of the writing process of daytime dramas. Deadline:  April 1, 2013 (apply early)

Additional information and application materials can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/Yw5e1S, click on Diversity Institute and then Daytime Writers Initiative.

10. Communications and Social Media FellowThe Invincibles (6 mos.) POST-GRAD:

The Fellow works for the Center for Community Change in Washington, DC. The Young Invincibles was founded in the summer of 2009 to give young adults (ages 18-34) a voice in the health care debate, and to organize and advocate around one of the most critical issues for this generation. The ideal candidate has an interest with policy issues (health care, higher education, jobs, and entrepreneurship), is an exceptional writer and communicator, and communicates effectively and professionally.  http://bit.ly/Yw5e1S

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More resources at COMMUNICATION Career Link http://bit.ly/SHIPjI

To make an Appointment with a Career Advisor, call 646-2215

Want to Work in National Security? Sign Up Now for Virtual Career Fair 2/26

Meet the Intelligence Community Online!

The United States Intelligence Community (IC), an integrated network of agencies that work together to protect our nation’s security, is seeking a culturally diverse, technologically savvy and skilled workforce for exciting careers in a number of fields.

 

Attend the IC Virtual Career Fair to explore career opportunities, chat with recruiters and subject matter experts, and learn how to apply for job openings.

Participating agencies include:

 

Learn about programs and interact with recruiters and hiring managers from the comfort of your computer or mobile device:

Tuesday, February 26, 2 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET
Registration is now open.

To sign up, go to ICVirtualFair.com

Space is limited! To guarantee your entrance into this event, pre-register now.

Banner for the Intelligence Community Virtual Career Fair with Seals from the U.S. Intelligence Community

CAREER BLITZ: Sports

  1. NCAA – 2013-14 NCAA Postgraduate Internship – DEADLINE:  Dec. 7, 2012
  2. Career Athletes – on-campus Internships
  3. Team USA – keep an eye on this site to work with the US Olympic Team.
  4. Krossover – (Entry-Level) sports content, analytics and technology 
  5. Impact Basketball – Sport Business Internship.
  6. Major League Ball (MLB) – Public Relations Winter/Spring Intern (NYC based)
  7. Dartmouth College Sports – Varsity Communications Intern
  8. Strategic Communicators for College Athletics (CoSIDA) – Postgraduate opportunities
  9. Graduate School? –  check out the list of possible programs.
  10. National Football League (NFL) – Timing is everything! So plan ahead! Post-Grad Rotational Program and Summer Internships.

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National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)DEADLINE TO APPLY – DEC. 7, 2012
2013-2014 Postgraduate Internship. http://bit.ly/TKabWE

Career Athletes  – on-campus internships for out-of-season athletes.  http://bit.ly/WMcWFb

Team USA – keep an eye on this site to work with the US Olympic Team.  http://bit.ly/SB6x0b

Krossover – a NYC-based sports technology company that has developed a great business breaking down game film for coaches at all levels.  http://bit.ly/QKDIjp

Impact Basketball – Sport Business Internship.  Successful intern will be involved with marketing material, social media outreach, and client/customer feedback.  http://bit.ly/121X8Tb

Major League Ball (MLB) – Public Relations Winter/Spring Intern (NYC based). Applicant must be available January through May!  http://atmlb.com/RDb5nu

Dartmouth College Sports – Varsity Communications Intern (Jan 1 through June 30, 2012) http://bit.ly/11M8Fac

Strategic Communicators for College Athletics (CoSIDA) – Postgraduate opportunities with varying levels of experience.  Be careful to check dates:  http://bit.ly/VK7vYs

Is Graduate School in your plans?  Check out the following list of graduate programs available in the Sports field:  http://bit.ly/VK7yn7

National Football League (NFL) – Timing is everything! So plan ahead for whichever opportunity fits into your D-plan! Post-Grad Rotational Program and Summer Internships:  http://on.nfl.com/TMCH7O

CAREER BLITZ: Education

Topics include: 

  1. Edventure More – Curriculum Development Intern
  2. Overland Summer Program Leaders – DEADLINE Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
  3. Master of Arts in Teaching, Brandeis University – Open House January 31, 2013
  4. Match Teacher Residency (Post-Grad) – 2 year program
  5. Teach English Abroad – some basic questions to ask your potential employer.
  6. Education Sector – an Educational Think Tank
  7. Achievement First Schools (Post-Grad) – closing the achievement gap one student at a time
  8. Teach for America – next DEADLINE is January 11, 2013.
  9. Eduventures – Internships in Research/Consulting or Marketing for Higher Education
  10. Math for America Fellowship (Post-Grad) – DEADLINE:  February 5, 2013

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1)      Edventure More – Curriculum Development Intern.  Working with the Curriculum Manager, learn the ins and outs of curriculum development.  http://bit.ly/11iPfsc

2)      Overland Summer Program Leaders – DEADLINE Dec. 10, 2012.  Great opportunity to learn some teaching skills, group management, and have fun at the same time! http://bit.ly/V5Hhxc

3)      Master of Arts in Teaching, Brandeis University – Do you care about Social Justice?  Become a Teacher and change the world! Come to the Open House on Thursday, January 31, 2013.  http://bit.ly/QsnL16

4)      Match Teacher Residency (Post-Grad) – 2 year program to train and support rookie teachers.  http://bit.ly/V5HjF4

5)      Teach English Abroad – be careful when looking into these programs; this link provides some great questions to ask that will help you evaluate offers and protect yourself.  http://bit.ly/WwOpnv

6)      Education Sector – an Educational Think Tank.  Do you want to make a difference in regards to educational policy and/or reform?  Check out this organization:  http://bit.ly/SseS7q

7)      Achievement First Schools (Post-Grad) – this organization hired 250+ new graduates for the 2012-2013 school year.  Keep an eye on this website for future opportunities:  http://bit.ly/U4rYny

8)      Teach for America (TFA) – are you considering applying to TFA?  The next application deadline is January 11, 2013.  Use the interim time wisely to construct an excellent application.  http://bit.ly/SgQJzm

9)      Eduventures – Internships in Research/Consulting or Marketing for Higher Education. Learn about the business involved in education.  http://bit.ly/YtPlyf

10)   Math for America Fellowship (Post-Grad) for graduates who are interested in teaching Math and science.  Application is now open.  DEADLINE:  February 5, 2013  http://bit.ly/UrD9wd

For more information on Education:  http://bit.ly/TlTP85

To make an appointment with an Advisor, call 603-646-2215

CAREER BLITZ: Arts

Topics include:

  1. Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA) Mentorship Program – Be the first to get information!
  2. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program – Program Information Webinar, Wed, Dec. 12, 2012, from 6 – 7:30 PM
  3. Museum of Arts and Design, NYC – Undergraduate & Post-Graduate Internship opportunities
  4. Disney ABC Television Group – Undergraduate & Post-Graduate opportunities
  5. CUE Art Foundation – Arts Administration & Program Internship
  6. Ann Inc. – Do you have an eye for fashion?  DEADLINE to Apply, Feb. 15, 2013 for Internships
  7. Southwest Airlines – Summer 2013 Internships. DEADLINE to Apply:  Dec. 3, 2012
  8. Symphony Space – Internships in Arts Administration.
  9. Marketing/Public Relations Internship – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum DEADLINE to Apply:  Nov. 15, 2012
  10. Online Portfolio – how to create one; a strong employment tool.

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1. Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA) Mentorship Program is looking for students interested in making connections with alumni in the Entertainment/Media Industry. The DAEMA Mentorship Program was founded in 2009 to facilitate opportunities for students to connect with alumni working in the media and entertainment industry. If you think you display the hard work and dedication needed to grow and succeed in the entertainment industry and allied industries, email info@DartmouthEntertainment.com with the subject line “Mentorship Program Info” to receive updates and to be one of the first on the list to receive an application!

2. Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Program – American Museum of Natural History is now accepting applications for the 2013 class.  Learn about this unique opportunity through the Webinar, Wed, Dec. 12, 2012, from 6 – 7:30 PM. To register:  http://bit.ly/RI7bK5

3. Museum of Arts and Design, NYC – numerous undergraduate and post-graduate internship opportunities http://bit.ly/RLftiK

4. Disney ABC Television Group – are you interested in:  Broadcasting, Creative, Sales/ Marketing/ Promotion, Technology/ Digital, Research/ Development, Communications/ Public Relations, Business Development/ Planning, or Production/ Programming.  Check out internships & jobs at:  http://bit.ly/QrQhRw

5. CUE Arts Foundation – Arts Administration & Program Internship.  Learn the many aspects of running a non-profit arts organization.  http://bit.ly/SPGyTo

6. Ann Inc. – Do you have an eye for fashion and want to learn about the business behind the fashion? Numerous internships for summer and corporate are available.  DEADLINE Feb. 15, 2013 for Internships http://bit.ly/Z8v13v

7. Southwest Airlines –. Summer 2013 Internships – DEADLINE To Apply:  Dec. 3, 2012 

 

8. Symphony Space – Internships in all aspects of Arts Administration.  http://bit.ly/QrQrYQ

9. Marketing/Public Relations Internship – Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum DEADLINE to Apply:  Nov. 15, 2012http://bit.ly/TbmKZi

10. Do you have an Online Portfolio? – Check out the e-portfolio guide offered through Thayer Career Services http://bit.ly/SU99rC

For more information on a career in the Arts:  http://bit.ly/TlUW7C

To make an appointment with an Advisor call 603-646-2215.

 

Networking: Is it better to have 200 acquaintances or 10 steadfast advocates?

More is certainly not always better when it comes to networking. Check out Stephanie Berenbaum’s “Is Networking Working Against You?” for a simple lesson in etiquette. Although networking properly will not necessarily guarantee you a job, these networking blunders will almost undoubtedly hurt your chances of getting an offer.

The ultimate goal of connecting with individuals and developing a circle of professional associations is to build and maintain relationships with people who can offer advice about how to pursue a specific career, present information about hiring, lifestyle/culture, and challenges within a specific industry or company, or point you in the direction of an opportunity.

Remember to be positive, well-mannered, professional, and articulate and to not immediately ask new contacts for a job. Networking does not mean applying for a job, but it can definitely lead to one! It is important to do it right. Maintaining relationships that hinge upon trust and professionalism rather than aggressive perseverance and pushiness is crucial. When it comes down to it, you can have a laundry list of accolades and a 4.0 to top it off, but employers will only hire those whom they find easiest and most enjoyable to be around.

Want an easy rule of thumb to judge the strength of your network? It’s not who you know that matters, it’s the people who are willing to call you back — and speak on your behalf!

CAREER BLITZ: Government & Public Policy

Topics Include:

  1. U.S. Department of State Student Experience, SUMMER  2013
  2. West Wing Writers, Speechwriting INTERN (DC)
  3. Public Policy and Leadership Conference, Harvard Kennedy School
  4. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; SPRING INTERNSHIP (DC)
  5. US Pacific Command; INTERNSHIPS (Hawaii)
  6. CITY OF SAN ANTONIO (TX), Economic Development Dept. – International Section INTERN
  7. Texas Council on Family Violence, Policy Analyst JOB (Austin, TX)
  8. Community Rejuvenation Project, Research Assistant INTERN (Oakland, CA)
  9. Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Communications PAID INTERNSHIP (DC)
  10. Stand for Children Illinois, Advocacy INTERNSHIP (Chicago, IL)

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1. U.S. Department of State Student Experience, SUMMER  2013

Program offers U.S. citizen undergrad AND grad students the opportunity to participate in 10-week, unpaid internships. Internships are available at many of the over 265 U.S. embassies, consulates and missions to international organizations around the world, as well as at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. and other locations throughout the U.S.   DEADLINE: NOV 2  http://1.usa.gov/RPb5i5

2. West Wing Writers, Speechwriting INTERN (DC)

West Wing is looking for people who love to write and are excellent researchers; people who are creative, curious, thoughtful, motivated, and dependable. As an intern, you’ll get an insider’s view of the speechwriting profession and be an integral part of the team.  DEADLINE: NOV 1 (for winter/spring internships).  http://bit.ly/QJQHzb

3. Public Policy and Leadership Conference, Harvard Kennedy School

The conference aims to inform about opportunities for graduate study and careers in both domestic and international public policy.  Only first and second year undergrad students are eligible to apply.

The conference is free of charge – all expenses are covered by HKS.  DEADLINE: NOV 16 http://hvrd.me/RPbt00

4. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; SPRING INTERNSHIP (DC)

For students interested in civil and human rights, public service, advocacy, journalism and online communications, real-world work experience in the policy arena. DEADLINE: DEC 1  http://bit.ly/Rk6rKO

5. US Pacific Command; INTERNSHIPS (Hawaii)

U.S. Pacific Command (USPACOM), together with other U.S. Government agencies, protects and defends the United States, its territories, Allies, and interests. Current openings will be advertised on the website under the application materials tab. Sample of positions include: Software Development, Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies, Information Technology, JIATF West Chemist, Public Diplomacy.  http://bit.ly/S0PH94

6. CITY OF SAN ANTONIO (TX), Economic Development Dept. – International Section INTERN

Sample tasks include: assist with international business development. Collects and organizes research data on trade flows, FDI flows, targeted industries and companies as directed by staff.  Posted on Dartboard:  (Job ID: 14266)  http://bit.ly/Y2Q4Uv

7. Texas Council on Family Violence, Policy Analyst JOB (Austin, TX)

TCFV works to end violence against women through partnerships, advocacy and direct services for women, children and men. The policy team works to change legislature to better serve Texas victims.  http://bit.ly/Tk6PJY

8. Community Rejuvenation Project, Research Assistant INTERN (Oakland, CA)

For students interested in urban policy. Conduct in-depth research on topics related to urban renewal policy and the role of art in community development.  http://bit.ly/SmCn1d

9. Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Communications PAID INTERNSHIP (DC)

WFPG is committed to global engagement and the promotion of leadership, visibility and participation of women in international affairs. DEADLINE: NOV 25  http://bit.ly/Rk6E0G

10. Stand for Children Illinois, Advocacy INTERNSHIP (Chicago, IL)

Their mission is to ensure that all children, regardless of their background, graduate from high school prepared for, and with access to, a college education. Sample tasks include: perform analysis of communities and political districts; prepare briefing materials; attend stakeholder meetings.  DEADLINE: DEC 1   http://bit.ly/TK3sbk

Check out the government/policy webpage at http://bit.ly/Q8iRUf

Make an appointment by calling 603-646-2215

Are you available to work at awkward times? Here are a few options.

As a Dartmouth student you may find yourself in an awkward place relative to your friends on a semester schedule. (The first off-term I had, I was asked if I was home on suspension.)

A six-week break between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, ten week terms in winter and spring– all of these time periods may require you to be creative in finding ways to build your professional experience. Frequently, you may find yourself explaining the D Plan to employers and other potential internship supervisors. Here are two alternatives:

1. Consider a Research Experience. According to Undergraduate Dean Brian Reed, engaging in research is a very rewarding but often “underutilized option” that is “a great compliment to the Dartmouth in-class experience.” Not only does research benefit those with eventual graduate school aspirations and provide students with a “direct opportunity to apply the theories and concepts learned in class,” but it also may help you in the long-term. According to Dean Reed “Students who conduct research with faculty tend to have better outcomes (i.e., GPA and graduation rates) than similar peers.”

Bottom line: Research is a great alternative to the typical internship off-term. It “provides students with a very unique peak inside the faculty experience” while promoting the faculty-student relationship, and it is an excellent opportunity to engage in hands-on work, to be introduced “to other scholars in a particular field,” and to develop tangible skills to better market yourself for future goals.

2. Consider offering your skills to an organization or potential employer who has a special project they need done. Check out this free e-book, “The Recession Proof Graduate” for advice on how to make this happen.