Monday, 4 January 2016

How To Land That Perfect Internship

Maybe you’ve been applying for internships since like forever and nothing has panned out. Or maybe you jumped on the bandwagon a little too late, and you’ve been scrambling for something valuable to fill your time.

Nowadays, internships are the most important thing employers look for when evaluating a recent college graduate.

As you have seen from some of the intern posts, employers believe interview performance and some work experience are more significant than strong academic performance when it comes to hiring decisions.

I have seen so many tweets where people are fighting this but that is just futile because this won't change.  And also you might just be fighting with a potential employer.

Stop sabotaging yourself. 

So rather than waste your time swearing or being rude at employers  on Twitter or Facebook , why not use that time to do something positive so that you can get you closer to your dream?

How To Land That  Perfect Internship:

- Have a strategy and work towards it until you get that internship. Change it along the way but make sure that it works for you not against you.

Your strategy should include:

a. Fields you want to explore or skills you want to learn. Do you love photography? Do you want to know what scientific research is like or what a lawyer does all day? Do you want to learn how to build a website? Having clear goals in mind makes it more likely that you’ll find an internship you can get excited about.

b. Identify your skills, strengths, interests and values. Identify the skills you need to develop for your career objectives (i.e, writing, developing, researching, analysing, communicating, problem solving, calculating).

c. Which companies do you want to work for and why?  Make a list of all the internships or entry-level positions that can start you on your way. Research and research some more. You might be surprised what you find that you have overlooked before that could allow you to get in the door.

d. Launch your internship search strategy. Remember that an internship search is an involved process that will require time, dedication and resourcefulness.  It’s not enough to use the basic set of job search sites, like, when hunting for an internship. Many companies also have their own niche job boards where positions that don’t appear here are posted.

e. Nobody is going to help you if you don't show  of initiative. Let people know you're looking for work and ask for general help. It may be embarrassing to let people know that you are looking for an internship (not sure why though), but seriously you need to get over those feelings.

f. Don't be lazy. Be proactive.  When people show you opportunities, pursue them even if it might not interest you now. You never who gets your CV. We know of people who have send their CVs to one company and were hired by another company they didn't apply for. Why? Because the HR manager moved to the new company with their CVs and later called them up. Always have a cover letter. Remember that a generic cover letter/ motivational letter is a turn off especially if you claim that are you are a creative. Hiring people want to see your claims. And yes, keep thanking your family and friends that are walking this path with you.

If your applications go unanswered, don’t give up. Look into volunteering at a nonprofit organization in an area that will give you some exposure to career skills. It’s never too early to start this process — and the earlier the better not only for your preparation but also because some internships have very early application deadlines. Exhaust all your resources to locate and secure the best internship for you.

Finally, once you’re finished with the applications, it’s on to the next step: preparing for the interviews. Use these this ideas to help you prepare to wow them into offering you the internship.

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