5 Secrets To Get An Internship
Starting work rules, but getting your first job could be very frustrating because nobody teaches us what to do and what we need to do to get it. That is why we wanted to help you and give you a few tips that worked out for us.
Hi there! I am Paula Cayuela, I am part of Beroomers Team and I found my first internship and my first job abroad (in London) using the tips that I am going to share with you in this post. I hope this helps you a lot!
First of all, we are going to speak about the materials/tools you will use to introduce yourself to a company: Resume, Cover Letter and Approach. At the end of this post you will find a list of websites where you can discover which companies have open positions.
1) Use a Visual and Creative Resume:
Nowadays companies get buried in resumes for every open position, that is why you need one that stands out. So, remember to make it VISUAL and it will probably grab the recruiters attention because this makes it easier to “scan” the relevant info. Usually recruiters review hundreds of resumes and most in less than 20 seconds… that is why catching their eye is key! Look how Barney Stinson does it:
Barney´s Resume is legen..(wait for it) dary! But if you are asking yourself… How do I make my own resume? Easy! You have at least two options:
b) Just google “Resume Design Templates”… check them and pick one! Nowadays people share awesome free templates that you can download like this one. It is shared by Fernando Baez, a great designer who happens to be a colleague of mine at Antonio de Nebrija University! (You can have a look at his Behance here)
“I have been using this Resume
for a couple of years and now it´s free” Fernando Báez
(Download this free resume template here )
2) Cover Letter:
In some countries, as UK , cover letters are highly valued by recruiters who expect them attached to your job application email.
It is the previous personal touch of the application process before the interview…so give it a lot of care and creativity!
In a nutshell, your cover letter should highlight your background, why are you applying, why are you the right person for the position… But with that personal touch that would make the recruiter dial your number ‘right here, right now’.
3) Proactive Approach:
First of all I highly recommend to ask yourself:
What do I enjoy doing? Where would I like to work? What am I specially good at? Do I already love any brand/company?
Then go and try to make a list of areas and brands where you want to apply for a job. With this list done you should use Linkedin to get in touch with people who already works there. They could either give you some inside view of the company, the personal email of the recruiter or some advice/feedback!
The objective of this step is to stand out once more. Nowadays, a personal referral is the key to landing a job.
4) Spread the word:
The Best Way to Land a Job? the answers is WOM, which means Word of Mouth. You must seriously consider it to enter in what is called the hidden Job Market which is the market that works better! How to make the most of it? Easy! By learning the art of Networking.
I believe in the Six degrees of separation which is the theory that everyone and everything is six (and nowadays with social networks even fewer) steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. This means two things:
1) You could easily connect with your dream employer! (Learn how in secret nº3 – Proactive Approach)
2) You never know who is connected with whom (You can have an idea using Linkedin but it is never as accurate as reality!) so you must speak with your friends, family and acquaintances about the job/internship you are searching for.
Let the people around help you land your dream job!
5) Where to search:
As I said before, there is a hidden Job Market which is “revealed as Source of Best Jobs and Best Talent” as Lou Adler explains in this article. Nevertheless, I would recommend you to keep an eye on the best job boards to track which companies have opening positions and contact them via Linkedin, as I mentioned before.
Another discovery I made is that finding an internship in a startup is easier! Dozens are born every day, some of them grow and some of them don´t. But those that grow are at least thousands, and it is a very interesting (and less exploded) market to find a job.
Most of you will have in mind the Apple beginnings (“two guys in a garage”) but for those of you who are wandering what is a “Startup” ? I can give you a short definition:
A startup is not another word to define a “small business” but a company that begins with few resources and big objectives to grow in a short period of time. This means that although they start like a small business they will try to grow as a large company.
Working for a Startup has at least two positive outcomes:
1) You will become a super skilled human! Everyone in a startup is expected to wear multiple hats… and that´s why you will learn a lot very fast.
2) You will change the world! In a startup you get to shape the culture around you which is the opposite to the predetermined culture of larger companies.
Not enough? You want to discover more reasons? Check this awesome articles about it:
– 5 Reasons You Should Work For A Startup At Least Once vía Techcrunch
– Four reasons graduates should consider working for a tech startup vía The Guardian.
As promised, here you are a short list of Jobs Boards Websites: (If you know another powerful website that is missing, please tweet us to @beroomers and let us know about it! )
1) Linkedin – It is easy to apply (you just have to send/share your Resume Linkedin Page) and it shares with you how you are connected with that company, through friends or colleagues.
2) StartupXplore is a startup funding community where you can find a startup job and actually, it is the most updated startup database. (Remember, a proactive attitude is key! If you want to work for some startup/brand write them an email and introduce yourself!)
One wonderful tool they offer is a map where you could find WHERE the startups offices are located. This might help you cut commuting costs (In London this costs could be really high that´s why I did a research of companies I could work for nearby my flat) and improve your life quality.
3) Enternships: is a website that connects students and graduates to ‘entrepreneurial workplacements’ in start-ups and small businesses worldwide.
4) Student Job: is an online platform where you could find jobs in Spain, Germany, Belgium, UK, France… It is the perfect website to find loads of worldwide student job opportunities!
5) Mashable: is a ” leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation” which happens to have a very interesting jobs board.
6) Domestika: is the biggest creative Spanish speakers community so if you are looking for a creative internship in Spain this is the perfect place to search! They also have awesome online courses where you could learn from the best international designers/illustrators like RelajaElCoco design studio or Puño for example!
7) World Wide Internships: they help you find a suitable internship taking your desired field into account. They offer internships in several countries.
(If you still want more Jobs Board websites click here)
I have gone through this tough process of “looking for my first job” and I wrote the post I wish I found when I was in your situation so I hope you find it interesting and helpful!
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