When applying for an internship, you want your resume to stand out from the rest of the student pack. So first things first: Ditch the resume templates. Instead, get creative. Design one in Photoshop or create clever headings. Also, try to keep your resume and your experience to two pages (bosses are too time strapped to read more) and keep the font clean and simple. Another thing to note: Experience more than 10 years old is completely outdated. Remove it.
Would-be bosses are more likely than ever to Google your name or former employers to see what you've been up to. So before applying, clean up all your online profiles. For Facebook, beef up your security settings and delete any compromising photos of you partying. Create a LinkedIn profile that promotes your experience and showcases who you are: A student worthy of a winning internship. And tailor your Twitter account to the job industry you're trying to enter. For example, if you're looking to get into PR, start tweeting interesting stories about the industry.
Cover letters (or, in some cases, e-letters) are written for an employer to project a good idea of who you are. Don't repeat information that's in your resume. Instead, tell a story about why you are the person you are today and why you're so deserving of a position at this particular company. How did you find out about the company? What got you interested in the field?
Most people have been in your position, which means most people are more than willing to share information on how they got their jobs or what it takes to make it in a specific industry. Just remember: A person doesn't have to help you, so always say "please" and "thank you."
Go into every job interview showing your enthusiasm and desire to work hard in the position for which you're applying. Too many people go into interviews believing they're deserving of this job or that position, which, in today's job market, just isn't true. Show that you're willing -- and wanting -- to learn, and your enthusiasm will likely land you your dream job.
Unfortunately, getting a good job is sometimes more about who you know than what you know, so start attending events related to your field. Go to symposiums or visit a career center to see how you can get involved in events in a specific industry. Bring business cards, and show people that you know how to stand out from the crowd. Another thing to remember: Always dress for success.
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