How do you feel when as a fresh graduate you see a job ad that says a lot of experience is needed for a job before you can be considered? Sometimes it gets frustrating when all the job ads you see are never entry-level jobs or jobs that require at least one year of experience. But all these can actually be taken care of if you’ve got an internship experience because it counts as real experience for some industries. Scott-Trammell, executive director of Career and Professional Development at the University of Alabama at Birmingham provides 7 ways by which you can get the internship of your dreams which will definitely enable you to surmount any experience barrier when applying for job positions
When searching for an internship, Scott-Trammell offers the following 7 tips:
Develop an elevator pitch:
Sum up your skills, talents and goals in less than 2 minutes. “This will help you become comfortable when reaching out to employers, alumni or contacts, so you can clearly and concisely let them know how they can help you,” Scott-Trammell said in a statement.
Assess your weaknesses:
Determine what skills you lack, and work on improving them. “That will lead to better employment prospects upon graduation,” Scott-Trammell said. “It’s also good to know the leading organizations in your field. Having those on a résumé grabs attention.”
Focus your search:
Create a target list of businesses and professionals in your desired field, and contact them. “Set goals on what you need from each person,” she said. “These meetings are most effective when you talk with them about their career choices and advice they can share.”
Don’t limit yourself:
While ideally you would get paid for your internship, eliminating all unpaid opportunities isn’t always the best option. The most important factor to keep in mind is the long-term value of the experience you gain. “The time invested in the experience will typically pay out in a quicker and better job offer upon graduation,” Scott-Trammell said. “If you demonstrate you have the skills being sought, you will create a greater demand for yourself and make yourself more employable.”
Fine-tune your résumé and interview skills:
How you present yourself in your interview and on your résumé is the best indication of the type of employee you’ll be. Scott-Trammell says employers want employees who show up on time, are consistently reliable, are team players and are committed to getting the job done. “All of these characteristics can be communicated in the interview and in your résumé,” she said.
Since you only get once chance to make a solid first impression with potential employers, make sure it counts. “Present yourself as a confident, well-spoken student with a firm handshake and good eye contact,” Scott-Trammell said. “That will begin the kind of professional reputation you want to create.”
Follow up after meetings and interviews:
Send thank-you cards or emails that reiterate specific points of interest or topics you discussed. “This communicates the type of employee or intern you will be with attention to detail and a professional manner,” she said. “This also begins a reputation that will be hard to forget, and that’s your goal — to present yourself as the confident, articulate problem-solver you have become.”
Gain the needed experience with internships and you’re good to go. Either its paid or free internship, the experience is what is needed and be sure that it is relevant to your career.
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