Resume drops double this year over last year

A total of 645 students submitted 6,899 applications for the 131 positions offered by 92 employers advertised through the CPD’s online job portal, Dartboard.

by Kristine Jiwoo Ahn | 10/7/16 12:30am

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Source: The Dartmouth

The Center for Professional Development received more than double the number of fall recruiting applications this year than last, according to figures released by the CPD.

A total of 645 students submitted 6,899 applications for the 131 positions offered by 92 employers advertised through the CPD’s online job portal, Dartboard. These numbers only account for applications submitted by the first major resume submission deadline, which was Sept. 25. The second major submission period ends Oct. 10.

Last fall, 398 students submitted a total of 3,143 applications, and 75 employers offered a total of 96 positions. The year before, 384 students submitted 3,354 applications.

Of the 131 positions open for resume submission this fall, 89 were entry-level jobs and 42 were internships. Many of these openings were related to consulting and business analytics.

Noah Grass ’17, one of the co-leaders of Dartmouth Consulting Group, said that consulting draws a lot of students who want a general entryway into business careers.

“Consulting gives students a general skill set that correlates with many different [business career] options,” he said.

Pre-professional organizations on campus such as DCG and Women in Business can provide resources to help applicants prepare for the recruiting process. In addition to hosting alumni events and providing networking opportunities, they often organize specialized workshops on topics like interviewing.

“I think different organizations pursue different combinations of [such] strategies and generally I think they are pretty helpful,” Grass said, adding that members of certain organizations may gain additional access through exclusive sessions with alumni and other resources.

The CPD hosted its annual Employer Connections Fair on Sept. 20 and Sept. 21. The fair featured over 100 employers from industries including financial services, government, communications, consulting and technology. Over 1,000 students attended the fair, which was open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Interviews following the first round of resume submissions have already begun, and will run through early November. The CPD will continue to hold recruiting events throughout fall term.

Noah Grass is a former member of The Dartmouth business staff.