Last week we talked about the importance of finding an internship that supports your career progression.
Feedback from that post was incredible. It has now been re-published on three different websites and from the response, I have learnt that I’m not the only person who felt like a bit of a spud at the beginning of the internship process.
People get in, do what they have to do and get out, shunning a whole lot of opportunities to convert their work experience into a full-time job. This series is going to change that– it’s going to teach you how to leverage your volunteer work to activate your career and as a result, it’s going to show you how to get a decent return on your investment.
I was going to dive straight into how to submit your application but as I started writing that blog I realised that I missed a step and there are actually a whole lot of little things you need to do first.
While it seems tedious to put together, attaching these documents to your job application will promote a proactive brand and drastically improve your first impression.
You’d think a CV would be redundant by now but that old Sheila is still kicking.
As someone who has both been an intern and employed interns, I can tell you that the difference between being followed up and forgotten isn’t just in the credentials, it’s in the presentation too.
It’s in the formatting, spelling and grammar. It might even be in the colour scheme you selected.
I don’t know about you but I’m hopeless when it comes to design. Instead of wasting time putting one together in Microsoft Word, I jump onto Etsy, buy a template for $10 and fill in the details.
The key is to keep it simple and highlight the most important parts. Recruiters are only going to skim it so anything over a page is overkill.
I’ll be the first person to admit that LinkedIn is a narcissistic platform for the corporate tossers of the world to boast about their accomplishments but when it comes to securing an internship, it’s a great tool for getting noticed.
A part from being a real-time CV that showcases your career highlights, LinkedIn reveals your mutual connections, and knowing people in the industry is a powerful motivator for employment.
Seeing your social media platform also makes you human. The recruiter will see what you look like and the 2000 characters you use to describe yourself. The recommendations you receive will be visible on your profile and recruiters will get a feel for what you’re interested in by looking at the pages you follow.
Hiring someone is like looking for a bar to take a really hot date to. There is a lot on the line and if you fuck it up, your reputation is going to be tarnished.
What do you do before you choose a place? You look at the reviews online and if they’re good, you make a phone call and book a quiet table there for Friday night. If they’re bad, you look somewhere else and if they don’t have any, the place starts to look dodgy.
Character references from previous employers, lecturers or internship providers are a great way to validate your ability and highlight your skills.
I’d get at least two heartfelt messages to support your application and ensure that the reference’s contact details are present just in case the recruiter wants reassurance.
Proof read everything you submit
I once got called out for a grammatical error on my CV. The pompous PR assistant slammed me, saying it was against policy to recruit someone who made mistakes on such an important document. That rejection hurt but it taught me an important lesson.
If you want to look professional, create a zip file that contains all these documents and label it with your first and last name and the name of the company you are applying for to make it appear personalised.
Keep killing it,