What Every Potential Intern Needs to Know – Tip 1 of 2
Today, I received a well-organized, chronologically-formatted resume with a clearly stated objective which highlighted the individual’s accomplishments, her better-than-average qualifications (for an intern, anyway) and that also indicated knowledge of our company, clients and the services we provide. What didn’t I receive? A phone call requesting an interview.
Consider this: your resume might be one of 100 or more received in response to a posting. Do you really want to leave it to chance that yours is THE ONE to capture the hiring manager’s attention, when he or she is probably already doing the job of three people and is somewhat on the fence about taking on an intern in the first place? Contrary to popular belief, interns are generally not brought on to relieve their supervisors of too much work. Truth be told, it’s a lot of work to train an intern to do even everyday tasks, and anything you can do that will give the impression that you’re self-sufficient is going to win you points. If you’re not proactive enough to follow up with a call, why would we think you would be proactive in other areas of your internship?
So what about fear of rejection – is that what’s holding you back? I get it. We’ve all been there. But is waiting for the phone to ring really any better? Let’s say you’ve met the basic requirements of the internship. Maybe you even have a connection within a company due to some networking. If you’ve set the stage with a proper cover letter and resume, sans typos, why blow it now? It’s like running a 2K and stopping just short of the finish line. This is not the time to be timid, folks. Getting your foot in the door requires not only basic competencies but determination and courage. You may or may not get an interview, but at least you’ll get an answer. Besides, the law of averages is bound to work in your favor eventually. Every “no” is one step closer to a “yes.”
Got any tips that led to your internship? Post ’em here! Also, don’t miss What Every Potential Intern Needs to Know – Tip 2, coming up next week!
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