If you do not find the answer to your question here, please email our office at Center.for.Professional.Development@Dartmouth.edu or call 603-646-2215.
Q: What’s the difference between a Drop-in and an Appointment?
A: A Drop-in is a 15 minute session with the advisor on duty. An opportunity to ask a quick question, have a resume reviewed or a cover letter edited. Just stop by the office, students are seen on a first-come first-served basis. An Appointment is a 30 minute session with the advisor of your choice in which you can explore ideas, issues, talk about your wants/desires, etc. Call the front desk (603-646-2215) to make the appointment. There are no limits to the number of Drop-ins or Appointments students can have during their time here at Dartmouth as an Undergraduate Student.
Q: I'm only a First Year. Should I be thinking about a career already?
A: Sure. It's never too early to begin exploring career options. Center for Professional Development has many different resources to assist you in whatever you want to explore. Stop by Drop-ins to learn about the vast array of resources available, or make an appointment with an Advisor to go over your specific areas of interest.
Q: I urgently need to talk to an advisor. Can I just come in?
A: Yes, Dartmouth Center for Professional Development has Drop-in hours for quick questions Monday, Thursday & Friday from 1:30 – 4:00 PM in our office at 63 So. Main Street (Bank of America Bldg), 2nd floor; or Tuesday and Wednesday from 4:00 – 7:00 PM in the Student Academic Support Center in Carson 125.
Q: Who does Center for Professional Development help?
A: Center for Professional Development is here to help every undergraduate student at Dartmouth College, as well as students and alumni/ae who are considering Professional or Graduate School.
Q: What if I don’t know what I want to do after college?
A: Come in and start a conversation with an advisor. You never know what you might find out about yourself. Actively engaging in activities will help you sort through your ideas and lead you on a path to a fulfilling post-graduate occupation.
Q: I don’t know if I want to do an internship or not.
A: Come in and start a conversation with an advisor. You never know what you might find out about yourself. Actively engaging in activities will help you sort through your ideas and help you figure out if and/or which internship may be the best route for you to go.
Q: I don’t know what I want to do for the rest of my life!
A: The rest of your life is a long time and you will engage in a number of different occupations during your lifetime. Therefore, Center for Professional Development can help you focus on your more immediate circumstances – be it an internship, or other leave term activity; a temporary position upon graduation; or something to do between your undergraduate studies and graduate studies. We can help you take life one step at a time.
Q: Can I use the same cover letter over and over again?
A: No. A customized cover letter is an essential component of your application. The letter is a persuasive piece that highlights why you would be a great employee. Use a variety of Center for Professional Development resources to research the field and the employer. Use your findings to describe your unique experiences and the skills you have to contribute to the employer.See the Resume Guide and the Cover Letter Guide in the Resource Library in DartBoard.
Q: I have applied for jobs but haven’t heard anything.
A: Did you follow up? It is highly recommended you call employers a week to ten days after your initial submission to make sure your document(s) were received and to reinforce your interest in and availability for an interview.. Be careful to read the original posting to avoid calling when they are not accepting calls. If in doubt, please come speak with an Advisor.
Q: I don’t have very much to put on my resume.
A: Students are surprised after talking with an advisor just how much they do have to offer a potential employer. Don’t sell yourself short; come work with an advisor to see how to present the skills and experiences you have.
Last Updated: 1/28/14