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Advisees

The Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN), powered by Firsthand, is a powerful online tool that gives Davidson students and alumni expert advice from alumni, parents and other members of the Davidson network. 

Get Started in Three Easy Steps

Register

Students: Students can register through the Center for Career Development.

Alumni: If you are interested in becoming an advisor as well as using the system as an advisee, you will first create an advisor profile. All alumni registered as advisors will have access to the platform to seek advice as well.

Alumni not registered as advisors who wish to use the platform to seek advice should send an email to Ashley Neff at asneff@davidson.edu requesting access. If you are a member of the Class of 2016, you are already uploaded; just register using your alumni email address (your previous Davidson username plus your class year and alumni.davidson.edu; John Smith would be josmith16@alumni.davidson.edu). 

Alumni advisees are free to set up consultations for career conversations, mock interviews or resume critiques.

Browse

Once in DCAN, alumni can filter advisors according to function, industry, employer, service, location, university, or language. Note that there is also a keyword search box at the top of the page, which will search the entire profiles of advisors, including past jobs and internships. When an advisor is identified, book a consultation for a career conversation or mock interview, or submit your résumé for a critique. 

Get Advice

Use your free credits to set up 1:1 consultations over the phone (career conversations and mock interviews) or via email (resume reviews).

Details on Consultation Options

Career Conversations

Talk directly to Davidson alumni, parents and friends about their experience in your career fields of interest. We recommend requesting a 30-minute conversation, which will give you time to cover topics such as industry and employer insights or a graduate/professional school search.

Scheduling the Career Conversation

  • When scheduling you will propose three 30-minute meeting times. If the advisor is available during one of those times, the advisor will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, the advisor may chose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • Write an introductory message and, if desired, upload a résumé or another form of documentation that highlights your professional and academic background.
  • Respect the advisor's time commitment by planning and preparing topics of discussion. You may wish to review sample questions, especially if you are new to networking or out of practice.

Connecting to Your Career Conversation

  • At the time of your consultation you and your advisor will call in to a conference call line for the consultation.
  • You may choose to connect through phone or using a microphone on a computer or tablet. Once a consultation is scheduled, each individual will have an online consultation homepage where they can communicate prior to the consultation and change their settings (phone number or device). If something comes up which does not allow you to make the scheduled consultation, you can cancel or reschedule on this consultation page.

During the Career Conversation

  • Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself professionally.
  • Do not ask an advisor directly for a job.

After the Career Conversation

  • Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the advisor by sending a follow up thank-you message. Note that unless the advisor provides his/her contact information during the call, you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.

Resume Critiques

Have Davidson alumni, parents and friends who are company and industry insiders critique your résumé. Critiques include both inline recommendations and high-level advice. You may submit a CV instead of a resume for review. Note that this service allows you to request industry-specific resume advice from specific advisors; you are not submitting your resume for open jobs or internships within the organization where the advisor works.

Submitting Your Résumé for a Critique

  • Create a letter of introduction where you include information about your career interests and professional goals.
  • Upload your résumé.
  • Your advisor, if he or she accepts your request, may provide written feedback on your resume. You will also schedule a resume critique over the phone, where the advisor will provide verbal feedback.

Connecting to Your Resume Critique

  • At the time of your consultation you and your advisor will call in to a conference call line.
  • Have your resume present during the consultation, and be prepared to take notes.
  • During the call, be prepared to introduce yourself professionally and to give an overview of your resume, including any current opportunities that you are trying to target.

After the Résumé Critique

  • Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the advisor by sending a follow up thank-you message. Note that unless the advisor provides his/her contact information during the call, you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.

Mock Interviews

Take advantage of the Davidson network to practice for your big interview. 

Scheduling Your Mock Interview

  • When scheduling you will propose three 60-minute meeting times. If the advisor is available during one of those times, the advisor will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, the advisor may chose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • Write an introductory message about your interest in a mock interview and include relevant information that will help the advisor to prepare.
  • You must upload a résumé and may include additional documentation such as a cover letter or job description.

Connecting to Your Mock Interview

  • At the time of your consultation the system will call you and the advisor in a bridge call. Please wait on the line until the other party picks up.
  • You may choose to connect through phone or using a microphone on a computer or tablet. Once a consultation is scheduled, each individual will have an online "meeting place" where they can communicate prior to the consultation and change their settings (phone number or device). If something comes up which does not allow you to make the scheduled consultation, you can cancel or reschedule in this meeting place.

During Your Mock Interview

  • Your mock interview will typically consist of a 30-minute simulated real-life interview with 15-30 minutes of feedback.
  • Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself professionally and answer questions about your background and interest in your career area.
  • Strive to be a receptive and active listener during the feedback process.

After Your Mock Interview

  • Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the advisor by sending a follow up thank-you message. Note that unless the advisor provides his/her contact information during the call, you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your consultation page is still active.