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Davidson Career Advisor Network (DCAN)

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. DCAN helps you to easily and seamlessly obtain advice on career paths and industries, get résumé reviews, and practice interviewing for jobs.

Student Registration

You can register as a student advisee and find advisors at davidson.evisors.com. Simply use your Davidson email address, create a password, and follow the instructions provided.

If you are an alumnus and are interested in registering as an advisee, contact Associate Director for Alumni Relations Ashley Neff at asneff@davidson.edu.

Locating Advisors

On the DCAN site you can filter available advisors by function, industry, employer, service, location, university, or language. There is also a keyword search at the top of the page, which searches advisors' profiles.

Once you have identified an advisor, you may book a consultation.

There are three types of consultations: Career conversations, mock interviews, and résumé critiques. We recommend you prepare for consultations by reviewing our networking, interview, and résumé writing guides. Additionally, you should plan to write introductory messages when setting up your consultations and thank you messages at the completion of your consultations. Review our examples for reference.

Quick Tips

  • Do not ask for a job or help getting a job at an advisor's organization. You should be prepared with questions and can ask questions related to finding jobs in the field, but should not directly ask for a job. See our sample questions and talk with a career advisor in the Center for Career Development for help navigating this process.
  • Do not ask an advisor for a consultation that would be scheduled fewer than five business days (a calendar week) from the point of request.
  • If an advisor emails a response to your initial request for a consultation with new suggested times or a question, always follow up within 24 hours.
  • Be on time for your consultations. If you know you will be late, contact the advisor as soon as possible. Never be a "no show" for a consultation.
  • Always send a thank you message within 24 hours of the consultation. View sample messages to get started.

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, 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 choose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • You must write an introductory message and you have the option of uploading a résumé or another form of documentation that highlights your professional and academic background.

Preparing for the Career Conversation

  • Think about your purpose for talking with a particular advisor. What would you like to learn?
  • Prepare specific, productive questions that can guide your discussion. Review these sample questions to get you started.
  • Prepare a brief introduction about yourself and be ready to talk about yourself. You may attach your résumé prior to the consultation so the advisor will know something about you in advance.

Connecting to Your Career Conversation

  • Once a consultation is scheduled, both parties will receive confirmation emails that include a list of phone numbers (users select one suited for their locale) and conference code.
  • The codes will be live 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled.
  • Once both parties call in and enter their codes, they will be connected and the consultation will begin.

During the Career Conversation

  • Briefly introduce yourself and your goals for this conversation.
  • Remember to keep the conversation professional. Do not ask personal questions or ask an advisor directly for job placement or internship assistance.
  • Strive to be a receptive and active listener.

After the Career Conversation

Show appreciation for the advisor’s time and assistance by sending a follow up thank you message . Note that 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. Note that you are free to submit a CV instead of a résumé for review.

Scheduling Your Résumé Critique

  • When scheduling you will propose three 30-minute meeting times. If the advisor is available during one of those times, he or she will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, he or she may choose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • You must write an introductory message about your interest in a résumé critique 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 Résumé Critique

  • Both parties will receive confirmation emails that include a list of phone numbers (users select one suited for their locale) and conference code.
  • The codes will be live 10 minutes before the conference is scheduled.
  • Once both parties call in and enter their code, they'll be connected and the consultation will begin.

During Your Résumé Critique

  • Your résumé critique will consist of a 30-minute meeting where the advisor will ask you questions and provide 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 Résumé Critique

Show appreciation for the advisor’s time and assistance by sending a follow up thank you message. Note that you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.

Mock Interviews

Practice for your future interviews with Davidson alumni and parents who are company and industry insiders and can coach you on how to land the job through a practice 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, he or she will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the advisor is not available, he or she may choose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. You will be notified as soon as the advisor accepts or declines.
  • You must 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.

Preparing for Your Mock Interview

Connecting to Your Mock Interview

  • Both parties will receive confirmation emails that include a list of phone numbers (users select one suited for their locale) and conference code.
  • The codes will be live 10 minutes before the conference is scheduled.
  • Once both parties call in and enter their code, they'll be connected and the consultation will begin.

During Your Mock Interview

  • Your mock interview will consist of a 30-minute simulated real-life interview with 15-30 minutes of feedback.
  • Strive to be a receptive and active listener during the feedback process.

After Your Mock Interview

Show appreciation for the advisor’s time and assistance by sending a follow up thank you message . Note that you must do this within 24 hours of the consultation, while your meeting place is still active.