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Student Voices in Technology: Job Search Tools

By Elena Alicea ’16

A large portion of Dartmouth’s graduating class will go on to work in entry-level jobs in finance, consulting, or computer science in New York, Boston, or San Francisco. These cities are huge hubs for recent graduates and those paths are a good way to start a career, learn a lot very quickly, and earn a decent salary. But many seniors face the question: How do I find other post-graduation opportunities if I want to break free from those three cities and industries?

Where to Look: DartBoard Alternatives

There are a couple of employment websites and services available specifically to Dartmouth students, like Snap! and Vocate. I never completed the Snap! recruitment process. There were video submissions and deadlines involved that I could not meet. At the time, I was traveling through rural New Zealand with limited Wi-Fi. Plenty of people I know completed the recruitment, though, so that is one option that may open more diverse doors.

I did try to complete recruitment through Vocate. Their premise is that they save companies time and money by completing first-round "fit" interviews right here in Hanover. They build a profile on the student's background, personality, and achievements, which is used to match students with companies seeking particular traits or experiences. The benefit for students is that any interview they receive with a company is a final-round interview. The agreement between Vocate and these companies is that Vocate mediates all of the steps between resume submission and a final interview.

Vocate’s recruitment process was fairly painless, and while their web interface is not great, it is improving. Unfortunately, it did not work for me. The problem I found with Vocate is that whenever I got matched with a company, I received nothing but radio silence from them. Twice I received introduction emails from Vocate, sent to both the company recruiter and myself, and twice I responded directly to the recruiter, expressing my interest in the position and asking what next steps would be. Both times I got no response. When I voiced my concerns with Vocate, I received directions to "be persistent" and email them again (which I did, again without reply).

Go Beyond the Dartmouth Bubble

So if the online job-finding services geared toward Dartmouth students have not worked for you, what's an employment-seeking college student to do? My answer: Use Google and LinkedIn.

LinkedIn is a great job-search tool because of the specificity of its search options. It allows you to tailor your search according to your interests and previous experiences, and it capitalizes on your existing connections. Similarly, Google can return search results as specific or as broad as you need them to be. Well thought-out search criteria, including your preferred location, industry, opportunity type, and expertise level, can help you find the perfect position to fit your needs!

Elena Alicea ’16 is an anthropology major and psychology minor from Washington, D.C. She is a member of the Dartmouth Subtleties, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Dartmouth for Nepal, and she works for the Neukom DALI Lab.

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