Common Interview Mistakes...and How to Avoid Them!

Is there an interview in your future? Check out this infographic on the most common mistakes made at job interviews. Here are three of the most frequent mistakes:

  • Lack of eye contact (67%)
  • Having little or no knowledge of the company (47%)
  • Forgetting to smile (38%)

Notice anything? Good news! All of these are mistakes you can easily avoid -- and practice.

For the rest of the tips -- as well as good tips to prepare for an interview, click here.

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.

Where's the Resume Guide? What is Networking? How Do I Prepare for an Interview?

The Center for Professional Development is dedicated to being as accessible as possible to the student population at Dartmouth. UserVoice is a tool we have implemented for students to ask questions and get responses quickly, no matter the time of day or night. Have a suggestion for the CPD? Post a new idea or vote for one on our page.Check out what other feedback students have given us!


5 Ways to Build Relationships with Faculty

Even if graduate school is not in your plans, it's important to create great relationships with your professors. Get to know a faculty member well and they can help answer questions on course material, advise you on opportunities to apply what you study in a job or profession, and -- when the time comes -- write you a recommendation for a new opportunity. Here are five tips for relationship building -- courtesy of the Undergraduate Dean's office:

  1. Go to office hours when you don't need to. Show them your level of interest in what you are studying. cropped-cropped-logo-webwork42-150x150
  2. Give notice that you'll be missing class in advance. If you are going to be out of town or have the flu, let your professor know that you'll be missing class ahead of time. In some cases, you may be able to get notes from others.
  3. Ask about a final grade. Not sure why or how you ended up with the course grade you did on a transcript. Contact your faculty and ask to have a face-to-face conversation. If you did better than expected, find out what you did well. If your grade was lower than expected, it's okay to ask why -- just be careful not to play defense. Understand what happened.
  4. Pick up your final exam Aren't you curious about how you did?
  5. Send a note to the professor thanking them. Whether you enjoyed a class, discovered a new discipline you never thought of before, changed your idea on what to major in or simply looked forward to your class everyday, say so. Who doesn't love genuine positive feedback?Follow two or more of these steps and you'll be well on your way to building strong relationships with your faculty!


How to Ask for An Informational Interview

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Want to find alums willing to talk with you for informational interviews? Check out the Dartmouth Career Network.

Tongue tied as to what to say? Read our tips on how to reach out to alums. You'll also find a list of questions you can use to get started.

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.

Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: Stay Classy

This is the fifth and final part in a five part series that provides a tip about the transition from college student to full time employee. You hear it time and time again, "You can't go to work dressed like that!" No longer will your running shorts or Dartmouth hoodie pass as acceptable attire (unless of course you are a gym teacher or professional athlete). Deciding what to wear to work can become a job in and of itself. It is important that you take time to make yourself presentable. It is no longer ok to roll out of bed, thrown on a pair of sweats and spray half a bottle of body spray to make it through the day.

Regardless of what the dress code for the office is, make sure that you don't look like you got dressed in the dark. Not to say that you need to look red carpet ready at all times, but you want to make sure that you not only represent yourself but also your company well. Make sure that your clothes are not wrinkled or has day old stains on them (that will never be in style). Ladies make sure your top is not too low cut and Gentlemen make sure your shirt tail is tucked in your pants. You don't want people to question if you just came from a walk of shame because you look unkempt. The first thing people notice about you is your appearance so make sure you are making solid first impressions.

Stay classy my friends,

Jennifer McGrew '13



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





Join us for a Road Trip to the All-Ivy Environmental Career Fair!

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Interested in landing a green job or internship? Attend the All-Ivy Environmental & Sustainable Development Career Fair, to be held Friday, February 28 at Columbia University in New York. Over 60 employers will be participating, including representatives from for-profit organizations, government and non-profit.

The Center for Professional Development is partnering with the Sustainability Office, the Environmental Studies Department and Thayer School to provide transportation via Mini-Bus to the career fair.

Busses will be leaving at 6am on the morning of February 28th, traveling to Columbia University for the fair and returning to Hanover that evening.


  • Sign up by blitzing by Friday, February 7th by 5pm. Spaces are first-come first serve. Reservations will be accepted beginning at 8 am on Tuesday, January 21. We will keep a wait list.
  • All students who sign-up for the trip are required to pay a deposit of $20 to hold their place. $10 will be returned the morning of the trip. Deposit can be brought to 103 Fairchild, Sustainability Office hours Thursday from 12-2pm in Robo 108, or sent to Jenna Musco HB# 6182 (Checks should be made out to the Dartmouth Sustainability Office).
  • All students signed up for the trip must register for the fair. Student registration is free and will allow you to share your resume with participating employers seeking to fill openings for full-time positions and internships.

Let’s go get awesome GREEN JOBS!


Tips for the Transition going from Student to Staff: You've Got a Friend in Me!

This is the third in a five part series that provides a tip about the transition from college student to full time employee. Make friends in the office! You will spend the majority of your time  working in direct contact with the people in your office. Not that you need to be best friends with everyone, but you want to be able to feel comfortable around them. Most people say that they spend more time with their coworkers than their actual family members. It is important that you are able to build some type of cordial relationship with those in your office so that you not only enjoy the job that you are doing, but also the people that you are working with!

Every once in a while you may need a Beyonce dance break (cue music) and who better to do it with than with your office friends! Sometimes you get so bogged down with tasks that it is necessary to take a breather and relax a bit. Having a friend that you can chat with for 5 minutes or take a quick walk around the building with is necessary for keeping your brain clear and staying productive.

Office colleagues may be the best friends you EVER make and may become a bit of an extended family. Make sure that you have a strong enough relationship that they can remember you for the good!

Friends Forever,

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


How to Search for Internships over Winter Break

Preparing to kick-off an internship search over break?1207114_door_1-150x150 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, you'll need to use your Dartmouth ID to set up an account. To receive regular Blitz Bulletins highlighting opportunities in areas of interest, subscribe to Career Services Emails in the My Profile settings of DartBoard. 
  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.

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. While you're there, you can also download our handout on how to navigate DartBoard to find jobs and internships. (You must log into DartBoard for access to the Resource Library.)

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

How to End a Conversation

Have you even been standing during a conversation and thought to yourself, "now how am I going to get out of this one..."  It is always nice to have a list of phrases that you can pull out if the situation ever arises. The Culture and Manners Institute came up with a great list of lines that you can use to politely (and quickly) end a conversation in almost any situation.

Aftecareertips13-150x150r shaking the hand of whomever you are speaking with, end the conversation with:
"It was a pleasure to meet you."
"I enjoyed speaking to you."
"Thank you for taking the time to speak with me."
"Thank you for your time"
"You have an impressive background and I enjoyed hearing about it."
"Enjoy the rest of your evening."
These are all quick and easy ways to end a conversation on a polite note. Not all conversations will be slam dunks, but all conversations are a way to build (and keep) a good reputation out there.


This is my first post for the Center for Professional Development's blog. I'm looking forward to starting new conversations with you. If you have ideas or any topic that you want to discuss let me know. .....


Thank you for your time,
Jennifer McGrew '13

Want to Work in Entertainment/Media? Alumni Mentoring Program...Apply by 12/14

Screen Shot 2013-12-06 at 3.20.55 PM Are you interested in becoming a professional in the Entertainment/Media industry? Would you like to make connections with experienced professionals who can answer questions you have about their work, experience, and advice for your future? Have you demonstrated your interest in film or television through your classes, activities, and/or off terms? If so, the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment and Media Association (DAEMA) Mentorship Program might be just what you’re looking for!

As we all know, making connections with alumni in your chosen professional field is one of the best ways to quickly launch a career. The DAEMA Mentorship Program was founded in 2009 to facilitate opportunities for students to connect with alumni working in the media and entertainment industry. This is a great opportunity for students to learn from their mentors’ vast body of knowledge accrued from many years of experience. Mentorships run for 6 months, beginning in January 2014.
If you think you display the hard work and dedication needed to grow and succeed in the entertainment industry and allied industries, visit for more information and to get an application. Act now! The deadline for applications is December 14th, 2013. Feel free to email with any questions!

Save the Date: All Ivy Environmental Career Fair 2/28

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Are you interested in pursuing a green career? Passionate about environmental issues?

Dartmouth is proud to be in collaboration with our peer institutions on the All Ivy Environmental and Sustainable Development Career Fair, to be held at Columbia University on Friday, February 28.

Employers are just beginning to register for the fair. Student registration is now open also. You can register here, but there's no rush to do so. Early in Winter term, we'll be sharing information on group transportation options to the event. Last year, many students traveled down on the Big Green Bus!

To stay posted on this year's event, we encourage you to also subscribe to the Facebook Fan Page.

November 5 - Virtual Grad School Fair (Register Now!)

Learn about Professional & Graduate Schools in a 'live' event... virtual_grad_fair 'VIRTUAL' GRAD SCHOOL FAIR NOV. 5 (Tue)   8 AM - 6 PM

Interact with Admissions reps and save time!   Schools are from across multiple disciplines & institutions (see partial list below).  A Virtual Fair Tutorial is available on how to use the Virtual Fair system and the Live Chat feature.

*Register for this free event at (Option to upload your resume prior to the event, but not required to participate)

32 Schools so far. More being added...

Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching Boston College Law School Boston U. College of Communication Boston U. School of Law California School of Professional Psychology California University of Pennsylvania - Many disciplines Cardozo School of Law Carnegie Mellon University - Civil & Environmental Engineering Columbia U. - Oral History Master of Arts Cornell U. - Graduate School of Management Cornell U. - Systems Engineering Hofstra U. - Many disciplines Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Sciences - Social Work McGill U. - Many disciplines MCPHS U. (formerly Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences) - Health and post-bac New York Institute of Technology - Many disciplines NYU - Arts & Science Northeastern U. School of Law Purdue U. - Many disciplines Quinnipiac U.- Law Seton Hall - Law St. John's - Law SUNY Buffalo State - Many disciplines Robert Day School at Claremont McKenna - Finance U. Alabama - Many disciplines U. Chicago - Urban Teacher Education Program -Bio/Life Sci., Educ, Math U. of Tampa - Business, Education, Art Virginia Tech - Many disciplines Washington U. in St. Louis Biology & Biomedical Sciences West Virginia University - Integrated Marketing Communications Willamette - Early Career MBA

Power Poses

Want to make a big impression in an interview or chance meeting? cuddy Harvard psychologist Amy Cuddy prescribes a simple exercise you can use to increase your public presence and sense of confidence. Click on the link below and check out her TED talk

Change Your Posture for Two Minutes, Expand Your Presence

This 20 minute video provides a routine you can also use to warm up for interviews. Let us know how it works for you!

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.

Interviewing Mistakes You'll Want to Avoid!

Is there an interview in your future?

Check out this infographic on the most common mistakes made at job interviews. Here are three of the most frequent mistakes:

  • Lack of eye contact (67%)
  • Having little or no knowledge of the company (47%)
  • Forgetting to smile (38%)

Notice anything? Good news! All of these are mistakes you can easily avoid -- and practice.

For the rest of the tips -- as well as good tips to prepare for an interview, click here.