It can be hard transitioning from being an intern into a well paid career professional. Whatever your chosen field, there’s intense competition for employment. While there are opportunities available, most of these roles do require something much more than a regular theory or textbook education.
An internship is the best way for one to make the leap from an untested university graduate to someone with the practical skills and experience needed for the job market. It’s practically having one foot in the job market. However, it can be a challenging quest to turn an internship into a job offer.
If you’ve had experience as an intern, you can employ these three ideas to help you gain a competitive edge.
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1. Let your practical and soft skills speak for you, and remember to ask for help on your resume
Many times, when an internship is over, there’s failure on the part of interns to leverage the relationships and networks they built on the job. It is just right to ask a supervisor or manager you worked with for a recommendation or testimonial.
Also, you can make a good case for yourself by asking relevant people from the firm’s human resource department for tips on how to convert the role to a full-time job later on. They could refer you to recruiting firms they work with – for when you’re ready for the job. Also, they might end up helping you craft a practical skills based resume.
Do well to leave an interactive and positive impression when the internship is over. And make good use of the connections you made during the internship.
2. Be a problem solver, and highlight that skill on your resume
It is not enough to show up with a degree in hand. You need practical skills for any industry. That is why internships are important in the first place, and how you present that internship on your resume is very important.
Highlight the role you played and how the internship solved problems and contributed to corporate projects. At the head of your resume should be a testimonial from the internship.
Always tailor your resume and cover letter to fit the role you want.
3. Have an archive of your freelance work or side projects
Internships are meant for one to begin developing real world skills. It is important to have an archive or portfolio of your projects as these would go a long way to illustrate how you think and solve problems
The point, in essence, is to be creative in illustrating your worth to future employers. Think outside the box.