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So you didn’t get a job offer…

So you didn’t get a job offer…

The Definitive Guide to Your Job Search.

Didn’t get one of those elusive “on-campus” interviews or job offers? You are not alone. There are many more students seeking employment then offers made on any campus, so a targeted search is often the way many students identify opportunities. And, maybe you have chosen to pursue a less traditional path…

What are next steps?

  1. Create structure around your job search. Put together a short list of firms and functions and begin by identifying roles with them. Be targeted - build your initial list based upon an industry, a particular role, or a preferred location, and keep the number small. You can replace names as you work through them.
  2. Keep a spreadsheet of interactions (date, contact information, subject you discussed) so you can follow up periodically.
  3. Don’t wait for one firm to respond before approaching the next one. You should be trying to juggle multiple opportunities at the same time. The worst thing that can happen is that you end up with multiple offers and you have the luxury of deciding which one to accept.
  4. Read the “2-Hour Job Search” by Steve Dalton and learn how technology can make your job search easier.

Who can help me find a job?

  1. You need to identify people who are willing to become part of your network and who will advocate for you when looking for a job.
  2. Use LinkedIn to search for people who will be willing to help you.                                        
  • Search by college.
  • Search by fraternity or other organizations in which you are active.
  • Search by company or job title.
  • If you have attended programs like the Business Bridge Program at the Tuck School of Business connect with their 4,600+ alumni.
  • Use the internet. Find professionals who have spoken at conferences or been quoted in a publication and use that as a reason to reach out to them.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to use family and friends.

I have a target list of companies and people. How do I approach them?

  1. Check the career portion of their website to see what programs they offer students. Also check their job postings to see if there are entry level positions for which you may qualify. Once you have applied to one of these jobs you should reach out to someone you know, or have found through a LinkedIn search (always start with email), and begin a dialogue – they could be an internal referral.
  2. Be prepared to drive the conversation with intelligent questions. They are taking time out of their day and being prepared is courteous. If the conversation goes well they will likely be willing to speak with you again and will be receptive to accepting your LinkedIn request.
  3. Your goal is to come away from each conversation smarter about the firm / industry. You will potentially gain a supporter and maybe even an offer of an internal referral.
  4. Don’t be a “taker”. Offer to be of service to the person you have spoken with (for example:  offer to speak to anyone they might know who is thinking about applying to your school). Always put yourself in their shoes.

This will take time and dedication but you will increase the number of opportunities that cross your path. Happy hunting!

 - Deirdre O'Donnell, Director of Career Services for the Bridge Program and Associate Director of the Tuck Career Development Office. 

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Tuck Bridge Stories: A Conversation with Thabo Matse

Tuck Bridge Stories: A Conversation with Thabo Matse

Thabo Matse graduated from Dartmouth in 2014 having completed a double major in Engineering Sciences (with a skew towards mechanical engineering and product design) and Economics (focusing on international and developmental economics). Thabo attended the first session of Bridge in the summer of 2012. We caught up with him recently to talk about his Bridge experience. This is his story:

 

What do you do?

I am an Associate Consultant at Dalberg Global Development Advisers, a strategy consulting firm that focuses on global development. At Dalberg, I conduct research and analyses at the heart of key international development challenges, supporting governments, foundations, INGOs, multilaterals, corporations, and multi-stakeholder alliances working to improve living standards globally, especially in developing economies. My most memorable engagements have included creating a market monitoring report for a global tech company, landscaping key developments in ICT policy, investments, infrastructure, and technology in priority African markets; developing a strategy to coordinate government efforts in addressing infectious disease threats at the height of the Ebola crisis; developing a strategy for addressing post-harvest losses in fresh fruit and vegetable value chains in Nigeria; and developing a framework for assessing the effectiveness of early-stage incubation and acceleration in East Africa, Southern Africa, and South East Asia.

Why did you join Bridge?

Taking classes at the Thayer School of Engineering, I was always fascinated by the mysterious neighbor next door. Tuck offered a model of teaching and learning different from that of the rest of Dartmouth and I wanted to try it out.

More importantly though, I learned about Bridge during my sophomore year, at a time when I was beginning to think more deliberately about the kind of impact I wanted to create as an individual. I always knew that I wanted to work towards empowering underserved people and communities, but was dissatisfied with the modas operandi of traditional aid. At the same time, I had won a grant to implement a grassroots project in my home country of Swaziland and was beginning to think about what systemic change looks like, beyond the grassroots—what levers have the greatest impact. It was undeniable that business had something to do with it. Bridge was an intense month during which I would not only gain the managerial and technical skill set required to be an effective director of a grassroots development project, but also begin to investigate, for myself, the potential role of business in development. After graduation, I returned to Tuck as a Paganucci Fellow to further learn about social entrepreneurship – business creating solutions to pressing social problems, especially for people often excluded from markets. In many ways, Bridge was the first step in clarifying my career story.

What surprised you about Bridge?

There were no (reported) grades, but there were still many long nights; we all worked hard because we wanted to learn and get the best out of Tuck. We were here because we wanted to be here. We wanted to win MarkStrat, put together a killer valuation presentation, ace Corp Fin and Accounting, network hard, and make some great friends. Some things were achieved and others were not, but it was still a great month, and I was surprised by how much everyone put in to make it so.

What was your favorite part about Bridge?

I loved the team orientation of Bridge and how complementary out backgrounds were, especially our academic backgrounds. I was in an incredible team representing different majors and colleges. Everyone had an opportunity to lead on something; crunching the numbers to decide which product line to kill in MarkStrat, being the designated DCF guru, storylining the final valuation PowerPoint presentation – all these work streams required different skill sets, and we were all empowered to bring our diversity to bear to see the work through.

 

 

Photo credit: Kaitlin Lang

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Tuck Bridge Stories: Adam Nofal

Tuck Bridge Stories: Adam Nofal

Adam Nofal is a 2013 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he majored in Economics. Currently an analyst at EnTrustPermal, Adam completed the Bridge Program the summer after his senior year. This is his story: 

If I had to describe Bridge in one word, that word would be collaborative.

In addition to other valuable experiences, Bridge offers a solid business primer, an experienced set of professors and staff as mentors, and a cooperative community of students. My leap from college into “the real world” would not have been as smooth had I not been a part of that culture. I would even argue that these factors provide a grossly underrated sense of harmony and comfort.

Prior to working at EnTrustPermal – a hedge fund investor across multiple strategies – I was an undergraduate student looking forward to my first full-time professional step. Bridge, with its novel structure and collegial environment, helped me and others in solidifying our strategy. What is interesting about this is that Bridge manages to align everyone’s incentives to propel the whole group forward, both on a personal and a professional level. I believe that type of community is elusive in many competitive programs, and wherever that balance found, it is typically immensely valuable.

Just as rewarding was the academic aspect of Bridge, not only because all courses were challenging, but also because they were varied. Spending close to all nighters with my team and TAs is a testimony to the challenging projects, but seeing friends decide to change their early career path because of a course they took at Bridge also speaks volumes to the benefits of taking a risk and looking outside the box. Lectures and projects assigned by Bob Hansen, Leslie Robinson, Gail Taylor, and Vijay Govindarajan – to name a few – only bolstered the symbiotic relationship amongst students, TAs, and professors by unifying everyone behind the common goal of driving our community to the next level.

My favorite part about Bridge, and this is where some might disagree with me, is the camaraderie outside the classroom. Within the hectic schedule of the program, my group and I were constantly discussing how to go about projects or refine our stock pitch. At some points, we were so stressed after a long day of work that we desperately had to go to the gym or out on a run to blow off some steam. Just as important was finding time to organize hiking and other trips. In some evenings, we even invited TAs and other groups to discuss brutal Managerial Economics problems over pizza (or if I ordered, it was Mexican food). This isn’t to mention times when we had to take the conversation outside the boundaries of Dartmouth College, where we assessed our group’s progress in downtown Hanover over brunch or a beverage of our choice.

To sum it up, Bridge has been one the most significant experiences I have ever been through. But if it weren’t for the collaborative environment and the people involved in many ways in the program, my experience would’ve probably been significantly different. 

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