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!

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.

Do You Like to Work with Open Doors or Closed Ones?

As summer terms exams end and we prepare for the fall term to start, there’s a bit more time available than usual to pause and reflect on recent experience: What did you like? And what did you not like?

During the rush of internship and job applications, it’s easy to forget that the job search process is actually one of mutual selection: You get to pick your employer just as your employer gets to pick you.

What are you looking for in a company culture? Would you prefer to work for a company that keeps a hawkish focus on keeping proprietary information confidential, or a company with an open door policy known for transparent leadership?

Want real-life examples of both? On the privacy side, take a look at the Apple-Samsung battle over intellectual property. Apple’s super strict privacy policies are legendary — many of their employees learn about new products at the same time consumers do!

On the more open door side, take a look at this Forbes profile of 10 Leaders (and Companies) Who Aren’t Afraid to Be Transparent. (Note: Most of these companies aren’t giving away proprietary secrets, either.)

Something to think about as you think about your next move?

Demand Planning Analyst Position (POST-GRAD) at Green Mountain Coffee Roasters – Deadline to apply July 8, 2012

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, located in beautiful Waterbury VT, is looking for a recent graduate or alum to fill the Demand Planning Analyst position.  Great opportunity to stay in the beautiful Green Mountains region of New England and enjoy the healthy lifestyle you have pursued while being at Dartmouth.

Do you have experience with performing sales, forecasting and/or marketing analysis in the consumer products industry?  Are you able to work effectively with minimal supervision under tight deadlines and interact comfortably at all levels of the organization? Check out the Demand Planning Analyst Position at:  http://bit.ly/LvM1uQ


Highlighted Skills and Characteristics (Please see click here for a complete list):

  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to synthesize data, draw conclusions and then communicate a concise, well thought-out thesis
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work in an ambiguous environment with limited direction and supervision
  • Computer system acumen with the aptitude to learn new software languages is required

Location:  Waterbury, Vermont

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with recent graduates’ expectations.

 

The Digital Media Post-Graduate Internship – Deadline: Monday, April 9, 2012

Are you interested in digital media technology and its application in an educational setting? Then read on:

The Digital Media Internship provides an opportunity for a graduating student or recent graduate of Dartmouth College to spend a year learning digital media technology as applied to the academic curriculum and careers in librarianship. The internship may be tailored to the individual interests of the candidate where their skills support the mission of the Jones Media Center.  For more information and how to apply:  http://www.dartmouth.edu/~library/mediactr/jmcintern.html

 

 

 

 

 

National Wear RED Day – Today! What opportunities does this present?

Today, February 3, 2012 is National Wear Red Day to raise awareness of the prevalence of Heart Disease in women.  How many of us know someone who has been affected by this? The statistics show that Heart Disease kills more women that all forms of cancer combined.

However, more than raising awareness, there are some great opportunities to do something about this disease.  Occupations exist such as:  research, advocacy, healthy living, fundraising, marketing, volunteer coordinator to name just a few other than the obvious health care profession.  Organizations such as the American Heart Association are very successful due to their volunteer base.  However, they still require employees to make sure their mission and purpose are maximized. Image a career where you can be gratified on a daily basis that you are doing something to help the plight of women in the United States and around the world.

Think outside the box.  How can you fulfill a career aspiration at the same time you are helping people?

 

Green Careers Digest: December 2nd, 2011

GREEN CAREERS DIGEST: DECEMBER 2, 2011

1. All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair – Save The Date – 2/24/12
2. Entry-Level Geotechnical Landfill Engineer – Geosyntec Consultants (Acton, MA)
3.
Richard L. Ottinger Internship Program (Varying Internships)(Winter/Spring)(Washington, D.C.)
4. Associate Position with Solar Firm – AstrumSolar – Columbia, MD
5. Canyonlands Field Institute – (Varying Opportunities)(Winter/Spring/Summer)(Moab, UT)


6. Interested in the sustainable restaurant business? Watch this video! (YouTube Resource)
7. Conservation Intern – Sierra Club: San Francisco Bay Chapter (All Terms)(San Francisco, CA)
8. Sustainability & Engineering Internship – Bio-Rad (Summer)(Hercules, CA) – PAID
9. Public Lands Day Intern – National Environmental Education Foundation (Winter/Spring)(Washington, DC)
10. Trying to figure out how a background in Environmental Science and Economics might mix? (ARTICLE)

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1. All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair – Save The Date – 2/24/12

Register here for the All Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Fair which will be hosted by Columbia University on 2/24/2012. For up-to-date information, follow the Facebook Fan Page.

2. Entry-Level Geotechnical Landfill Engineer – Geosyntec Consultants (Acton, MA)

The selected candidate will support Geosyntec’s solid waste practice by providing geotechnical engineering services and environmental engineering services associated with solid waste facility design and construction and site remediation. For more information on how to apply, please visit: http://bit.ly/vSeBQh

3. Richard L. Ottinger Internship Program (Varying Internships)(Winter/Spring)(Washington, D.C.)

The Richard L. Ottinger Internship Program is operated through the Environmental and Energy Institute in Washington, D.C. Interns gain insight into the workings of Congress and the federal legislative process, knowledge of significant environmental and energy issues, and an understanding of a non-profit organization. For more information, please visit: http://www.eesi.org/jobs

4. Associate Position with Solar Firm – AstrumSolar – Columbia, MD

Quickly growing solar firm seeks smart, entrepreneurial, green-minded talent. Astrum Solar (www.astrumsolar.com) is a funded high-growth early stage company whose goal is to spread solar power to rooftops across the US, starting with the Eastern US and targeting residential customers. For more information, visit: http://bit.ly/sI64ze

5. Canyonlands Field Institute – (Varying Opportunities)(Summer)(Moab, UT)
Canyonlands Field Institute is an outdoor education center located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Visit the website for apprenticeships, internships, and seasonal employment information. Deadline: Dec. 15th, 2011

6. Interested in the sustainable restaurant business? Watch this video! (YouTube Resource)

Sustainable agricultural practice is picking up. Interested in learning about how restaurants are becoming environmental stewards? Watch this brief video!

7. Conservation Intern – Sierra Club: San Francisco Bay Chapter (All Terms)(San Francisco, CA)

This is an outstanding opportunity for students interested in local grassroots environmental politics to gain references and resume experience in the environmental field. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/vX3l5S

8. Sustainability & Engineering Internship – Bio-Rad (Summer)(Hercules, CA) – PAID

Combine your interest in environmental studies and your major in engineering. Consider a summer internship with Bio-Rad in their Life Science Group. Must have a major in engineering and interest in sustainability. For more information, visit the website at: http://bit.ly/rHvl06

9. Public Lands Day Intern – National Environmental Education Foundation (Winter/Spring)(Washington, DC)

The Public Lands Program (PLP) encourages more American’s to enjoy, protect, and maintain our public lands every day through public engagement, professional development and partnerships. The Public Lands Program includes, grants, professional development and National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest one-day volunteer event for public lands. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/t9KBVY

10. Trying to figure out how a background in Environmental Science and Economics might mix? (ARTICLE)

Non-profit and for-profit organizations around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the toll their business has on the environment. Click here to learn more about the trending “triple bottom line” in the business world today.

 

 

Communications Career Digest: November 15th, 2011

COMMUNICATIONS CAREER DIGEST: NOVEMBER 15th, 2011

1.) 5-Month Advertising INTERNSHIP
2.) Journalism Fellowship – POST-GRAD
3.) Publishing INTERNSHIP Program
4.) Communications Consulting – POST-GRAD
5.) Job Tips for Television
6.) E-Commerce Times (ECT) News Network
JOBS
7.) Health Team Fellowship(6mos.)– POST-GRAD
8.) Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury – Branding/Communication – Internship
9.) Corporate Communications INTERN
10.)
New York Women in Communications – SCHOLARSHIP

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1.)  5-Month Account Management Advertising INTERNSHIP (undergrad or alum) – BBDO
DEADLINE:  NOV. 18.
Internship runs Jan. – May.  BBDO is a world renowned advertising agency with 287 office locations in 79 countries and has maintained its rank as both the World’s Most Awarded Agency Network. Its client roster includes many of the most powerful companies such as General Electric, Mars, AT&T, Starbucks, Bank of America, HBO, Gillette, Johnson & Johnson, FedEx, Arby’s, and P&G.  training session will run from December 5 to December 16 (3-5 days/ week).  Send your Cover Letter and Résumé to Cyra.Kang@BBDO.com with subject line as “Spring 2012 Internship – Name”. Cyra is a D’11.              **Details of BBDO internship listing in DartBoard, under headline ‘Job Search’

2.) Hearst Journalism Fellowship – POST-GRAD
An 18-month program focusing on multimedia journalism. The Fellowship program consists of two 9-month rotations at its top metro papers.
DEADLINE:  JAN. 6     http://www.hearstfellowships.com/journalism/application/

3.) Publishing – Simon & Schuster’s INTERNSHIP program – Spring (Dartmouth Winter) – NY
Editorial, Publicity, Marketing, Managing Editorial, Subsidiary Rights, Art & Design, Audio, Digital, Supply Chain & Human Resources.
Work a minimum 16 hours to maximum of 20 hours per week during spring semester.  visit www.simonandschuster.biz/careers
To apply online. First time users will be prompted to create an online profile in order to apply for any jobs. All resumes and cover letters must be attached to the online application in order to be considered.

4.) Communications Consulting – APCO Worldwide – POST-GRAD:
APCO Worldwide, named the “2011 Large Agency of the Year” and one of the ‘Top Places to Work in PR’ by PRNews,

APCO Worldwide, a global communication consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, is accepting resume submissions from qualified individuals to build our talent pipelines. We are always interested in speaking with professionals who are interested in joining our firm and bring proven experience providing clients with consulting services in public relations, public affairs, issues management, media relations and/or public policy.  Monitor job openings in other geographic locations including Beijing, Berlin, Bonn, Brussels, Chicago, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New Delhi, NYC, Paris, Seattle, and Shanghai.
http://www.apcoworldwide.com/content/careers/job_opportunities.aspx

5.) Job Tips for Television
Watch very brief videos from professionals across a range of organizations – Discovery Latin America, Sony BMG, TNT, Firestarter Music.
http://www.cencom.org/ecom-catshow/tips_television.html

6.) E-Commerce Times (ECT) News NetworkJOBS
ECT News Network is one of the largest e-business and technology news publishers in the United States.
http://www.ectnews.com/about/careers.xhtml

7.) Health Team Fellowship: (6mos.) – Hager Sharp – POST-GRAD
Hager Sharp  is an employee-owned communications company, with expertise in health, education, and safety.
Position:  Website Content Manager/Database Administrator in Washington, DC
http://www.hagersharp.com/careers/employment-opportunities/health-team-fellowship-website-content-manager-database-administrator

8.) Fashion, Lifestyle & Luxury – Branding and CommunicationLaird+Partners
Representing clients like Donna Karan, Debeers, Vera Wang, Bottega Veneta……..  http://www.lairdandpartners.com/#/work/  Interested in an internship?  Apply to internships@lairdandpartners.

9.) Corporate Communications INTERN (Paid) – InterActiveCorp (IAC)
IAC operates more than 50 leading and diversified Internet businesses across 30 countries including CollegeHumor, Vimeo, Match.com, and Newsweek Daily Beast The Intern will monitor all facets of the media regarding news about IAC, its businesses and competitors while learning how to compile media clip reports and internal communication. The qualified candidate will help gather information needed for speech and interview requests for the Chairman and other IAC executives, will help maintain media lists, and will be trained in writing and editing communications. Graphic design ability and familiarity with Adobe Illustrator CS2 a plus.  Apply at http://www.Click2Apply.net/f966g6f

10.) New York Women in Communications Foundation – SCHOLARSHIP
Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic excellence, need and a demonstrated commitment to the field of communications. Open to permanent residents of NY, NJ, CT, or PA.   15-20 scholarships, generally in the amounts of $2,500, $5,000, and $10,000  **DEADLINE:  JAN. 27  http://www.nywici.org/foundation/scholarships

 

 
 
 

Better Future Project: Summer Internships – Deadline: 11/30/2011

Priority Application Deadline: November 30th!

Better Future Project is excited to announce two programs for Summer 2012!

The joint application form is available here.

Climate Summer continues! We’re working hard to build on the relationships and lessons of the first three years of Climate Summer, & we’re excited to be working on YEAR 4!

Ride for the Future (a new program in 2012)

In the summer of 2012, our Ride for the Future team will travel exclusively by bicycle together from New Orleans to ExxonMobil’s international headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Along the way, the participants will learn from and highlight local efforts to improve communities while transitioning them away from fossil fuels.  At the same time, the riders will highlight the harms fossil fuels cause communities, visiting environmental justice communities suffering from pollution from refineries and power planets, communities still suffering from the the BP oil spill, and communities suffering from natural disasters in line with scientists predictions of a changing climate, including the droughts and wildfires in Texas and hurricane damage across the region.

While learning from those who have suffered from fossil fuels and those who are building a better future without them, riders will engage in direct community service to mitigate the suffering and ease the transition.  At ExxonMobil’s headquarters, the riders will call for a meeting with executives from the world’s wealthiest fossil fuel company to ask them to recognize their responsibility to help America and the world rapidly and responsibly transition away from fossil fuels. More information coming soon to rideforthefuture.org!

Non-Profit Career Digest: November 3, 2011

 NON-PROFIT CAREER DIGEST: NOVEMBER 3rd, 2011

1. Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years of Partnership with the Peace Corps! – 11/15
2.
The Unreasonable Institute – Post-Graduate Social Entrepreneur Fellowship – DEADLINE: 11/10/2011
3. ChinaFAQs Climate & Energy Information Network Internship; Markets & Enterprise Internship
4. World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy – Internships (Spring) DEADLINE: 12/1/2011
5. Exploring a career in sustainable agriculture? (Web Resources)
6. The Food Trust Internship Programs (Philadelphia, PA)
7. Interfaith Youth Corps Leadership Institute – January 12th – 15th, 2012 – DEADLINE: 11/28/2011
8. DPCS Post-Graduate Resume/Cover Letter Workshops – 11/8 & 11/14
9. Consortium on Gender, Security, & Human Rights Internships (Boston, MA)
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1. Dartmouth Celebrates 50 Years of Partnership with the Peace Corps!
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of partnership with the Peace Corps. All events are open to the public; RSVP is requested to the Tucker Foundation for the evening dinner only. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/rGbMOs

2. The Unreasonable Institute – Post-Graduate Social Entrepreneur Fellowship – DEADLINE: 11/10/2011
The Unreasonable Institute arms entrepreneurs creating solutions to the world’s biggest social and environmental problems with the mentorship, capital, and networks they need to do so. The 2012 Summer Institute, a 6-week mentor-driven accelerator, will take place between June 13 and July 25, 2012. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/qFH6Hq

3. ChinaFAQs Climate & Energy Information Network Internship; Markets & Enterprise Internship
World Resource Institute (WRI) is an environmental non-profit think-tank based in Washington, D.C. WRI is currently seeking interns for a variety of different projects. For information, please visit: http://www.wri.org/careers

4. World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy Internships (NEW YORK) (SPRING) – DEADLINE: 12/1/2011
The World Federalist Movement–Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) works to advance the global promise of peace and is committed to building a safer and more just world. For more information about the many internships available, please visit: http://www.wfm-igp.org/site/internships

5. Exploring a career in sustainable agriculture? (Web Resources)
Exploring a career in sustainable agriculture? Not sure what that entails? Check out these two (2) helpful links that highlight information pertaining to sustainable agriculture and food-systems. 1) http://sustainableagriculture.net/, and 2) http://www.sare.org/

6. The Food Trust Internship Programs (Philadelphia, PA)
Work with a dynamic, cutting-edge food security, nutrition education and sustainable farming nonprofit advocacy group located in Philadelphia. The Food Trust is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization improving the supply of affordable food and good nutrition in the mid-Atlantic region. The mission of The Food Trust is to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/81Y9Tt

7. Interfaith Youth Corps Leadership Institute – January 12th – 15th, 2012 – DEADLINE: 11/28/2011
Interested in interfaith cooperative efforts on campus? Consider applying for the Winter Institute sponsored by the Interfaith Youth Corp which will take place January 12th – 15th at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/gDGWG2

8. DPCS Post-Graduate Resume/Cover Letter Workshops – 11/8 & 11/14
Learn more about resume and cover letter writing for the non-profit field! No RSVP required for the workshop on 11/8 which is being held at 7 PM in Haldeman 041.
TO RSVP to the workshop on 11/14 at 6 PM in Kemeny 007, please visit: http://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/jsqix.

9. Consortium on Gender, Security, & Human Rights Internships (Boston, MA) (All Terms)
The Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights is an organization devoted to bringing knowledge about gender to bear on the quest to end armed conflicts and build sustainable peace.
The Consortium requires the assistance of several interns to coordinate research on gender and security issues, and to implement the organization’s goals within the local academic community. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/vRlAQa