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As we all know, resumes are extremely important when it comes to applying for internships! It’s the applicant’s way of impressing the employer (whoever he or she may be) by letting them know all you can do to possibly help improve the progression of that business or organization…on a sheet of paper!
I’m not an employer but if I were, I would rather read through a resume that is relevant to my business. What I mean by that is…the impression comes from me knowing what you can do to help me. SOOOO, before applying, do your research on the company, role or organization and think about the things you’ve done that have something to do with whatever the job is. For example, if you are applying for a virtual internship, add your knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Social Networking etc. Really prove to the employer that you have the skills to do whatever it is they may need.
Always stay updated! I know you want to put EVERYTHING you possibly can to impress the employer because it is, in a way, your moment to shine. However, you have to try to keep your resume short (one page specifically) and putting stuff you did from your freshmen year in high school to your sophomore year in college isn’t going to work LOL. Try cutting it down to what you’ve accomplished in the past two or three years. If you have room for more…go for it. If you think what you did 5 years ago is relevant to the position, go for that too! Make it work! =] But try to keep it short and sweet for the sake of whom ever is going to read it.
Be unique with it! I’ve seen some really cool resumes not too long ago. They weren’t like crazy unique but it wasn’t the typical resume I was taught to make in high school. They had like custom made headers and footers. They were really cool! You can never go wrong with the usual black and white, plain, ordinary resume but do you think that’ll stand out, out of hundreds, maybe thousands of others??? No way! Give the employer a break from the typical resume look and give them something that they’d remember just because of the look of it alone. I wish I could show you an example. You could probably find some online to get an idea…or ask around and see what your friends’ resumes look like.