As you may already know, internships are constructive and helpful experiences for every college student. Internships represent a way of collecting valuable connections. Internships also a great addition to your resume. The following article will teach you how to describe the internship you just finished on your resume. So, let’s take a look at 4 ways of using your internship experience to boost your resume.
1. Keep it Short and On Point
In order for your resume to be efficient, it shouldn’t exceed one page. When describing your internship on your resume, make sure to keep it short. You may use four or five bullet points to describe exactly what skills you mastered and what knowledge you have gathered throughout the internship. Using action verbs while describing your internship is a great way of keeping the reader focused on your achievements.
Most students think that their resume should be at least two pages long. They believe that the longer the content the bigger their chance of landing better jobs get. That’s far from the truth. Employers do not wish to spend an hour reading your resume because they already have dozens of them.
Therefore, keep it short and concise. Let’s say you have so many achievements that you can’t keep it on one page. In this case, take off the high school achievements and focus on what you are doing now. Most employers are not really curious about your activities during the high school time.
2. Keep a Standard Format
You can easily find the typical format online. You may edit it a little bit, but try to keep it formal. Don’t forget that the content is what truly matters. Don’t get caught up in formatting because most employers don’t really care about your creative way of formatting your resume. Focus entirely on the quality of the content.
And remember, whatever format you choose for your resume, make sure is readable. Try not to use bizarre fonts or bright colors. You may highlight important achievements throughout your resume but that’s about it. As we said earlier, keep it simple because the content is what truly matters. If you think you need help to format or write your resume in a professional way, you may consider visiting the career center at your college.
3. Describe Your Expertise, Not Just Your Actions
Most college students commit a mistake by describing only what they have done in their internship, and not what skills they have achieved during the process. All employers wish to know what you’ve learned and what you can do with your knowledge. They want to see that you’re able to act!
Therefore, focus on grabbing the reader’s attention by marketing your newly gained skills. It’s important to let the employer know that your skills are a valuable addition to the company. Let them know that they have a lot to win if they hire you.
Look at it like this: the only thing you should focus on is marketing yourself. Most students tend to underestimate their skills and knowledge and because of this, they have a hard time finding a job or writing a great resume. Now is the time to brag! But do it smart. After completing your resume, re-read it but from the perspective of an employer. If you’d hire yourself, then it’s a well-made resume.
4. Show off Your Social Media Skills
We all know that most teens have great social media skills. Therefore, why not brag about it? If you, for example, used one of the social media platforms during your internship, don’t hesitate to highlight it in your resume. As time passes by, more companies start to use social media, so they will definitely need people who know how to manage it in an efficient way.
As you can see, writing a resume in such a way that any employer will at least consider hiring you is not such a difficult task. Before you start writing it, take a few minutes to think about all your achievements and choose those that show your true importance. Remember, the resume shouldn’t exceed one page. Keep it simple and on point.
|Hillary Hope is a freelance writer specialized on human resources. She dedicated her entire life studying the relationship between employers and teen employees. She runs online courses that teach college students how to make their entry in the marketplace. You can find here on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and AssignmentMasters.