It is not always easy to build your curriculum vitae when you are still a student and feel like you have not done anything professionally yet. When writing your resume for an internship, you often find yourself faced with white page syndrome so you might be tempted to fill it with unnecessary information. If it seems that you have no experience to showcase, it just means that you have to dig a little. Here are some tips of showing the best of yourself and get an internship.
Personalize your Curriculum Vitae
Students’ most common mistake is not adapting each of their applications to each job offer they are applying for. Above all, you have to adapt your curriculum vitae, as well as your cover letter to a specific job. Thus, from the header of the CV, indicate the name of the position sought and add a small of description. It is advisable to indicate that you are passionate about the field of activity that you have chosen a specialization during your studies that makes you stand out, etc.
How to Talk about your Rare Internships?
If you have had opportunities to do internships during your studies, highlight them in the “Professional Experience” section. In this same category, you can also add group work supervised by an expert, days spent in a company for a thesis, or summer jobs related to the field you are targeting. Do not just list these experiences. Try to develop the missions and the skills acquired. Also indicate the result for each experience, in both qualitative and quantitative ways.
If you are applying for a role which is different from those you have held before, try to establish pertinent continuity. The goal of internships is to explore some options, so it is normal to test different positions, different structures or business areas. But anyway, the recruiter needs to understand your path and your real potential. For instance, if you worked in a big company and you are now applying in a start-up, point out that you have evolved within a reduced project team, or that you were in regular contact with clients from start-up. And if there is really a radical difference between your different internships, make it a story telling that you will write on your cover letter, not on you resume.
Highlight your Personal Experience
Your personal experience also counts. In this section of the curriculum vitae, you will not just list your hobbies but rather show how certain activities have enabled you to acquire useful skills in the world of work. Start by writing down on a draft everything that comes to mind: an associative activity, an option taken at school, trips, the sport you practice, a social network that you particularly master, your cinema trips, your readings, etc. Then, for each activity, look for how it has helped you to mature, to train yourself, to learn. Only keep the ones that seem the most interesting to you to draw a parallel with professional life.