Internships

You are looking to fluff up your resume with some low level experience. Well you have come to the right place! Here is everything you need to know about getting an internship:

Resume

I know, you’re thinking “But the whole reason I’m getting an internship is to have something to put on my resume!”. Don’t sweat it. There are a million ways you can demonstrate your expertise and good character qualities on a resume that don’t involve formal work experience. Did you babysit your neighbors kids in high school? Were you involved in student government, or any clubs on campus? Have you held any leadership positions? Did you do athletics at a highly competitive level? Do you speak any other languages? Do you have any hobbies that you excel at, like photography, graphic design, coding, or art? All of these hobbies, interests, experiences, and skills can be put on your resume! An employer is looking for someone who has demonstrated that they are a hard worker, a quick learner, and an enthusiastic team player. There are so many ways you could show your skills and prove that you could add tremendous value to a company, without having held formal work experiences. Keep it concise and professional, but make sure you mention the skills and takeaways you have acquired from each experience.

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Cover Letter

Your cover letter is your chance to show off your writing skills, and explain in your own words why all of those skills, interests, and experience listed on your resume make you the ideal candidate for the company you are applying to. Our biggest tip? Taylor each cover letter to the job you are applying to. If the job application lists ‘team player’ as one of their desired characteristics, really emphasise your history on a team. If the job is for a creative writing position, use descriptive language and flowery writing to show off your writing skills. Make sure it is professional, and keep it to a page, maximum.

Job search

Check out digital services like Craigslist, Linkedin, Handshake, and Google Listings to find open positions. Taylor your search to what you are interested in and the areas you are interested in working. Beyond that, talk to your parents, your parent’s friends, and even your teachers.Everyone could always use an intern, so if you have a connection to an adult who works at a company you are interested in, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask if they are hiring. A recommendation from an employee can seal the deal and score you a sweet position.

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Interviewing

It’s easier than you think! Be professional, be friendly, play to your strengths and admit to your weaknesses. Above all, show your confidence that no matter your experience, you can get the job done.

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