March brings internship season! I had no idea that I have a small group of college students who check out my blog and so I figured I’d share some tips about landing internships that no one really shared with me back when I was in college.
When I was in college, internships were obviously encouraged, but no one really shared tips and tricks to landing one; it was definitely trial and error for a while.
Today, I’m sharing 3 tips for you to land that dream internship this semester!
Do Your Homework
Securing an internship requires time and research.. Before you apply for the position you’re interested in, make sure that you Google all aspects of the company.
- Company Culture: being familiar with the culture of a company is important. You should know the beliefs and behaviors of the company and how they function as a business.
- Location: How far is the company from your place of residence? What does traffic look like during the required work hours? How do you plan on getting there
- Job Description: What all does the job entail? What specific requirements are needed that you have and don’t have? Are they open to training?
- Payment and Time: Is it a paid or unpaid position? What is the time commitment that this job requires? Will it require work outside of the listed hours?
If you have further questions, make sure to keep them for the “Do you have any questions for me?” portion of the interview.
Clean Up Your Resume
A resume is vital for internships and jobs. You need to hit up your campus career center and have a professional review your resume [and cover letter] before you start applying.
A general rule of thumb, is to keep your resume about one page in length. Time is money, and recruiters and hiring managers, don’t have a lot of time to devote to reading resumes longer than one page. Make sure that you keep your resume brief, and that it only includes pertinent and relevant information.
- Objective section: this won’t make or break your resume, but it really can be left off. You can share your career goals in the body of your cover letter.
- Irrelevant jobs: Jobs from high school can be omitted unless they are relevant to the position you are applying for. If they aren’t, delete, delete, delete!
Make sure that your resume is also formatted properly, crisp and clear to the eye, and that you save it as a PDF file and not a Word or Text document!
Clean Up Your Social Media
Social media has been the reason why several people have lost out on jobs. Having a social media presence is one thing, but inappropriate pictures or tweets is another.
Of course, once it’s in the internet cloud, it’s out there forever, but you can help your self by not having it so readily accessible. Pictures of you smoking, drinking, twerking, or scantily clothed, should be removed. You can always put those back up after you get the internship!
Also, be mindful of your tweets or Facebook posts. We live in a very sensitive day and age now, and saying something offensive can give you the boot, before you even get a chance to walk through the door!
I hope you guys found this helpful! I’m thinking of doing another part to this, so be on the lookout for part 2 coming soon!
As always, I’ll talk with ya’ll soon!