Everyone is on social media these days. Whether you have a Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram or a blog account, employers are constantly researching candidates on these sites. LinkedIn is a great professional networking site where people can add their job experiences, skills, and interests. After meeting company representatives (such as recruiters at career fairs) it is a good idea to connect with them on LinkedIn. This shows recruiters and employers that you are interested in their company, and also expands your professional network, which can lead to more job opportunities. That being said, businesses can see EVERYTHING you post on your social media sites. Make sure you are always representing yourself in a polished manner. No one wants to see pictures on Facebook that you don’t even remember taking…
Have a killer resume and cover letter.
Sometimes it is difficult to write a resume when you haven’t had much experience in the job market. It is still important to describe all experience related to the job or past employment positions. Do you participate in research at your university or are a teacher’s assistant for first-year students? Add that to your resume with specific details on your responsibilities! When applying for jobs with your resume, it is important that you meet all of the basic qualifications that the internship requires. Don’t forget, relevant volunteer work is another good way to enhance your resume.
Check out Sandy’s blog for more information on writing an awesome resume.
Some companies require that you send in a cover letter as well as a resume. Whether this is mandatory or not, sending an excellent cover letter will make you stand out in the crowd of other students. It is important to tailor your cover letter to the job posting (don’t send out the same cover letter to 10 companies). Include in the letter specifics on what you had to do in your last job, the skills you learned from that, and how you will be able to apply those skills in the internship. Explaining a situation where you had to utilize those skills will show them how innovative you are!
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people multiple times.
You won’t be annoying if you follow through with recruiters or hiring managers to check the status of the interview process or ask questions pertaining to the job — they love that. Keeping in contact with them shows that you are interested and enthusiastic about the potential of interning with them. Follow up with an email after every phone screen, phone interview and in-person interview.
Be prepared for the phone/in-person interview.