If you’ve decided an internship is the right direction for you to go in order to get your career going, don’t forget that they’re competitive, so you’ll want to make sure you are prepared.
Here’s how to land your dream internship:
First, find out what the employer wants.
Before you begin crafting or editing your CV, do some research to find out exactly what the employer is looking for in a successful candidate. Don’t make the common mistake of sending out 100 of the same CVs to every business; tailoring your CV to highlight experience, skills, or education you have that could relate in some way to the position you are applying for will give you the upper hand.
Now, let’s work on your CV.
We’ve already spoken about why we need to adjust our CVs; giving focus to parts of your experience, personality, and skillset that will be assets to the particular position you are applying for will set you apart from the competition. Once you have done that, we also recommending that you try to adjust the type of language you use for the type of business you are applying to. For example, if you are applying to a doctor’s office or a law firm, keep things serious and formal. On the contrary, if you are applying to a modern, funky marketing agency, consider putting a fun spin on your CV to help catch their eye. That being said, keep your CV short, succinct, and easy to ready. Don’t add too many fluffy, descriptive words to lengthen it but rather focus on what matters most: your relevant skills and experience.
Once you have an interview lined up, take some time to prepare in advance.
You may have been told that you are a great speaker and that you come across as confident and poised, but don’t let that fool you into believing you should not prepare the interview. Every interview is different, and you don’t want to find yourself in a position where you lose confidence in your abilities. Take this interview seriously and do your research about the business and position before you go in. Additionally, take some time to think about your career goals and aspirations as this is sure to come up!
You got the internship, now what? Do your best!
Whether they’ve given you simple coffee making or note taking duties, give your all! Unpaid and paid internships are an amazing stepping stone to getting your dream position, so regardless of your duties, make sure everyone can see you trying your best and giving 110%. After all, an outstanding reference is worth every coffee run and late night in the office!
Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find an internship! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find your next internship close to home.