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!  

Seven Mistakes to Avoid in Your Cover Letter Writing

It’s hard to believe that winter term will be off and running in a little over two weeks — the first deadline to submit your application for winter term on-campus interviews is Wednesday, January 15.

Want to start your search for internships and full-time jobs before you come back to campus? Here’s a list of seven mistakes to avoid in your cover letter courtesy of U.S. News and award-winning author Louise Kursmark.

We especially like the advice in this piece on why it’s always important to address your cover letter to a live person.

When applying for a position through our recruiting program: Be sure to check the contact information for each position listed in DartBoard to find the right person to address.

When applying for an internship or job at another organization, check the organization’s staff list or call to get the name of the proper contact. (It’s perfectly okay to say, “I’m a student at Dartmouth College and am preparing my application for _________ position. Is there a particular member of your organization that I should address in my cover letter?)

Here are two additional tips specifically for Dartmouth students:

  • If you’re searching for an internship in spring, fall or winter terms, educate the employer on the “D plan” and the dates when you will be available to work.
  • Do your homework on the employer. Go beyond saying you are interested in the organization because of “impressive” leadership or strong growth. Get specific by mentioning a program, award, or recent press release that shows you’ve done your homework on the opportunity.

As always, Career Services will offer extended Drop-In sessions in January to help you fine tune your cover letters should you have any additional questions. Enjoy your holiday!

 

 

Hey ’13s!: RSVP By Wednesday for “Strictly for Seniors” (A Must Do)

Is the stress of figuring out what to do after graduation is becoming too much to bear? Or maybe you’re chomping at the bit to start the recruiting process, but not quite sure how to navigate Dartboard?

Thursday begins our first “Strictly for Seniors” workshop – a great chance to get career advice, as well as boost your campus recruiting readiness. With September 23rd marking the first cycle application and resume deadline, our SEPT. 13 & 16  “Strictly for Seniors” workshops will tell you all you need to know to start figuring out work and school post graduation.

Along with tips on how to apply for jobs on and off-campus, learn:

  • How to plan your job search and work your plan
  • Practical advice on managing your schedule & setting goals
  • Tips on your options (job, grad school, etc.)
  • How to register w/ Career Services to receive Career Blitzes and updates on opportunities of interest to you

RSVP by visiting this LINK and selecting “Strictly for Seniors.” In order to attend, your reservation is  REQUIRED by NOON on 9/12. All attendees will receive a ‘timeline and action step’ workbook !