Recently, I saw heightened talks about internships on Facebook. Right there, I saw that thousands are actively looking for place to crash. They just want a place where they can gain experience, and of course, pave for themselves opportunities for permanent employment.
Thousands of young people are actively trying to get out of this job hunting rat-race alive. Yet, one wonders if they have what it takes to enhance their chances of getting accommodated.
Perhaps there’s nothing, apart from job-hunting itself, that can be as overwhelming as applying for an internship position. There are a lot of questions that can flood the applicant’s mind. Many of these questions are very relevant. Yet, without an idea of where to begin, they can have a paralyzing effect.
Your resume is a starting point. It should be a concise and clear summary of your overall qualifications. It should include all your skills and relevant experiences that would allow key features of your personality to stand out.
There is a general accepted standard of what information a résumé should have. These data are basically separated into clear sections for easy reference.
One important section is the contact details. Before writing such information, be sure that they are up-to-date. It is better to provide different means of communication such as a landline number, cell phone number, email or post. Obviously, all your effort in applying would go to waste, if your employer can’t contact you.
A lot of experts say that this is the most vital part of your résumé. Basically, it’s a summary of your individual attributes and qualities. However, there are still some who opt not to include such information.
This section is where you put your objective/s for applying the position. In your case, you should clearly state here that you are applying for an internship position to strengthen the skills, theoretical knowledge and experiences that you have garnered so far from studying at the university and your other work experiences.
If you have some other objectives, then you can add so. However, you should remember that this portion should not be that long. Keep it short, simple, and straight to the point.
This is the section where you can put the details of your past working experiences. Not only can you put full-time jobs, but also even part-time, temporary and voluntary employment. All of these should again be listed in reverse chronological order as with your educational experiences.
Basically, you indicate the company you have worked for, the position you have had, a short job description of the tasks you did, and the duration of how long you were employed in that kind of work. There’s no need to put how much you earned, or why you resigned or were fired from the job.
Education and Qualifications
This section would include the details of your academic qualifications, starting from secondary school. The information should be written in reverse chronological order. You should also include the year or duration you have attended a specific educational institution.
The additional skills section is an optional section too. Here, you can highlight your other skills such as proficiency in using computers, knowledge of foreign languages, use of special computer programs, knowledge in graphic design, etc.
This section is also optional. Information on details about academic achievements like awards received, and contests won can be placed here. You can also put sporting and professional achievements in this area, if you have any.
The personal details section should not be confused with the personal profile section. This portion of your résumé is where you put your nationality or ethnicity; date of birth and age; religion; and whether you can or cannot drive.
Interests and Activities
This area is generally omitted if you are applying in the US. However, there are still some that would argue that it is a good way to reflect and show something about your personality. Presenting that you are able to maintain a healthy balanced lifestyle while juggling work, studies and personal life, can sometimes be an asset.