Many college graduates have entered the working world and as the summer drags on, they’ll be updating their resumés. Many of these graduates will be trying to find a way to include the internships they completed during their four years. There are several rookie mistakes they will make as they try to include these experiences in a way that will impress future employers. Our newest article discusses tips and tricks to avoid classic pitfalls and show you the best way to include your internship experiences.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO USE YOUR TITLE
At my own internship, here at SuperInterns.com, our founder continually reminds us to not be afraid to use our proper titles. We are not “interns,” we are “Bloggers Extraordinaires,” or “Graphic Design Wizards,” etc. The word “intern” has unfortunately gathered a negative connotation. Many employers will equate this word with unpaid or less-valuable work. If your internship gives you a title, use it! This use of official designation will make you seem more legitimate.
PACKAGE YOUR INTERNSHIP IN A WAY THAT IS POWERFUL
Super Julie Braun, the founder of Superinterns.com, has many insightful ways of talking about the best way to self-promote. She says that to package your internship in a way that is powerful, you must focus on your results rather than the tasks you performed.
The first step to doing this will include preparation. Remember to prepare or create a list of your responsibilities, so that you can better understand how to communicate the results of your internship. If you are in charge of a cash register, instead of saying, “I ran a cash register,” you could say, “I was responsible for X amount of money.” This will show your future employer that you can produce results, not just list off tasks that you accomplished.
SEVEN RESULTS EMPLOYERS WANT TO KNOW ABOUT
During a chat with Super Julie Braun, she listed off the seven most important results employers are looking for. During a chat with Super Julie Braun, she listed off the seven most important results employers are looking for:
1. Emphasize how much money you helped the company make. Anything you did to promote the company you worked for that resulted in them making money is an impressive product to show your future employer.
2. Let your future boss know how much money you saved during your internship.
3. Include the quantity and
4. Quality of the work you did.
5. Write about how much time and
6. Energy you saved the company, and finally,
7. Talk about the people you worked with. An employee that gets along with their coworkers is highly desirable.
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By Noelle Schrock