Looking for the perfect internship to kickstart your career? You've come to the right place! Because the competition is fierce, we've put together our 5 top tips to help you make the cut above the rest. Ready? Then time for a bit of homework:
1) MARKET YOURSELF
First things first! To sell anything, you've got to market it. Consider yourself a product here and go market yourself to the recruiters. Promote your skills on various online and offline platforms. Float your resume around on job boards, professional social networks, at networking events and recruitment agency databases. The more visible you are, the more chances you'll get to hit the right opportunity.
BUT invading recruiters' lists is only half of the work; To get the finish line, you've got to differentiate yourself from the rest, you've got to stand out.
2) LET YOUR CV DO THE TALKING
Never had a part-time job or internship before? Not to worry! There are plenty of skills and knowledge you've acquainted through your student career that you can talk about! For example, you can highlight the leadership skills you gained while captaining the basketball team. Or the negotiation skills you displayed to win the debate championship. Highlight your projects, personal interests or any short-term work experience, if you have any. Craft it in a manner that leaves room for some curiosity in the minds of recruiters about your personality so they look forward to meet you in person.
3) NETWORK, NETWORK AND NETWORK MORE
As a beginner, you need leads. And this comes only when you network with people who are already ahead in their career path. Yes, it's true. And there is no alternative to that. So start the habit of networking by meeting your alumni, speaking to them about their work experience, and sharing your interests. Maybe you might just hit it off with someone.
4) TAILOR YOUR CV
If you already have a list of your top companies, congrats! If not, get started with one immediately. This will help you target your dream companies and float around your CV. Start by doing in-depth research about the companies you wish to apply to, and tailor your CV to fit their needs. Besides your CV, an impressive cover letter works wonders, but make sure you explicitly state what you like about the company and why you would like to work with them.
5) CHECK OUT VARIOUS COMPANIES 'PAGES AND INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS
These days many multinationals conduct internship programs that aim to hire fresh talents. As the next generation of leaders, millennials are a key priority for companies. Here, find out the best internship programs offered by reputed organizations by browsing the internet, reading about the companies and checking out their social media pages. This will help in shortlisting internship programs that are crammed with interesting prospects and opportunities for students.
So, arm yourself with these tips and get started!