Are you thinking of applying for internships? Well, there is an array of things you will have to take care of before applying for them. One of them is a good, well-crafted resume to show that you are competent for the role applied for. You might have had done many things in your academic and professional life but an improperly drafted resume can ruin your chances. Many underestimate the application process for internships as a result of which applicants do not work on their resume in the manner they should. If you are one of them, you are advised to change your approach.
This goes without saying that you can find numerous tips online regarding resume-drafting. But, there are certain things that are absolutely indispensable to the art of resume-making. I am going to talk about those fundamentals.
There are 5 tips which I have enumerated below, and you should take due note of the same.
- Understand the requirements of the internship
When you apply for an internship, make sure you read through its requirements so that you get a fair idea of how to tailor your resume. You should have a range of skills, not everyone which will be pertinent for the internship. For example, for an application to a law firm, your talent as a classical dancer would not be of much use because that skill will be of no consequence to you in your legal internship. Hence, read through the requirements of your internship and accordingly tailor your resume.
- Sections are vital to your resume
The presentation of your resume is as important as its content. There are thousands of formats available for creating a resume; however, what remains constant is the aspect of categorization. You will have to create separate sections that highlight particular sets of achievements and skills. For example, you will need a separate head for professional experience, internship experience, academic achievements, and extra-curricular activities. Also, make sure your contact information is provided at the top of the resume. Your contact information should include your mobile number, email id, and even LinkedIn profile link. Also, a thing about the email address; do not provide your email id from school when you didn’t know that the username of your id could create a difference in your internship application.
- Try to keep it brief and simple
Your resume is not a testimonial where you have the liberty to go generous with words. You just have to keep it simple and brief whenever you elaborate on the details of your accomplishments. Make sure you write down your details in chronological order so that the details do not appear random and disorganized. Avoid using grandiloquent words because the evaluators aren’t interested in your exemplary vocabulary. They just care about your skills. Keep your description to one line only. The purpose of the resume is to offer a quick overview of your skillsets, so you must make it to-the-point.
- Academics and Internship Experience are the most important
You should know that the first two things which an evaluator notices or wants to look up are your academic and professional experiences. When writing your academic details, make sure you mention the school/college, major, degree, graduation year, and score in percentage or GPA. The same goes for your previous internship experiences (if any) where you must mention in unambiguous terms where you interned. Make sure you name the mentor allotted to you in your previous internships. One thing, I would like to reiterate, is that you must arrange your details in chronological order.
- Get it proofread before sending them over
Once you are done making your resume, you should check it at least twice to be sure. There must not be any grammatical errors because they look really bad and create a poor impression on the evaluator. It is advised that you have your resume proofread by someone who is an experienced professional or has expertise in proofreading your resume. Make sure that the alignment, colors, and font size is uniform. The presentation of the resume is a great deal and can potentially ruin your efforts if you are not serious about it.