Thursday, 24 August 2017

The Intern Files | How to get an Internship

I did a post over a year ago talking about how to land a fashion internship. This post is an update of that but, it will be about how to get an internship in general and not just in the fashion industry.

First, before applying to any internship you need to have a killer resume and cover letter, even a portfolio if you want to work in a creative industry. I have researched a lot about resumes. Here are my discoveries:

#1 Your resume should only be one page. It is easier for the hiring manager to keep track of one page and not worry about losing the other page if you had two

#2 You want your resume to stand out from the boring black and white pile. Add some colour, but don't go overboard. Check out Pinterest for some inspiration on how to make a more creative, stand out resume.

Next, you need to be on LinkedIn. Aka make a digital resume! Make a profile and add relevant education, work or volunteer experience, that is applicable to what you want to do in the future. Then, you want to connect with people you know; friends, family, coworkers, and classmates. After that, you could connect with HR or management from companies you would want to work for or just keep them in mind for future messaging about internship information or questions.

After making the perfect resume and a standout LinkedIn Profile, the third thing I am going to tell you to do is to check out Lauren Berger's Intern Queen. Her website is filled with internships from all over North America and even virtual internships. I recommend checking out the website, following her on social media and watching her YouTube videos. I am subscribed to her channel and she posts amazing and helpful content; I mean she is an expert.

Networking is the next step in finding an internship! I got my second internship by networking at my first internship. It was easy for me to do as I work in a collaborative (co-working) space with around seven entrepreneurs and their businesses. However, your colleges, manager or maybe other interns working with you know people you don't. Network with them to find your next internship.

If you are having trouble finding an internship through networking always check for postings through your school! Most schools have a career centre or a program co-op placement/internship advisor. If you're feeling lost or stuck go talk to these people at your school for guidance and help. 

Let me know if you have an internship in the comments below!




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