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Posted July 30, 2016 by

Landing an internship at a major corporation

Should we stress out the importance of an internship? Probably not, no. You’re already here, which means that you’re probably aware of how significant experience as an intern is to your portfolio without us lecturing you about it, too. Everyone wants to obtain a master’s degree education level or to hire people with as much experience amassed as possible, and the best way to get this boulder off your chest is to make sure you play it safe and give them what they want.

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That said, you want to land an internship, but so does pretty much everyone else. How are you supposed to handle competition and stand out from the hundreds of applications that the hottest corporations at the moment need to go through at once? Here are some tips to make your resume shine.

Take the initiative – Make one

Make what? An internship program, of course. Let’s say you really want to intern at Big International Corporation X, you have your resume all written out, you’re ready to send it in and… surprise! It turns out that there was never a program like that to begin with. How is that possible? It seemed like such a natural inclusion that it’s almost surprising they don’t offer internship positions in the respective field.

This is when you can go bold and prove your initiative prowess. Get in touch with the company – write them an e-mail, contact them on social media, and let them know that you have an idea for an internship program. Think it thoroughly before contacting them, though. This way you can offer detailed explanations and practical solutions, which are going to make you sound all the more capable, resourceful, and involved in the prosperity of the company.

Create an interactive video

Interactive resumes tend to be a surefire way to capture an employer’s attention. That’s because, even if all the applicants were to follow the same pattern and send in engaging applications, the only way that they can actually work is through personal charisma.

Record a video introducing yourself and add on the screen links that redirect to other videos where you solely focus on one specific asset you want to expand on (for example, leadership skills). If you’re a developer, develop a mini-game where the player navigates a world filled with chunks of text from your resume. There are many directions you can follow, and the most important thing you need to do is exploit your personal talents and ace up your sleeve. If you’re a painter, paint the application!

Build your resume out of Legos

Welcome to the world of specifics. Today, we talk about Legos. They can be much more than sources of entertainment and deadly traps for clueless barefooted trespassers. Leah Bowman was a student at Northwestern University who managed to impress the company she applied to for an internship by sending them a resume in the shape of a Lego model.

The crafting represented herself surrounded by the variety of skills she possessed, and it was paired with a cover letter which explained in further detail her assets and experience.

Use apps to your advantage

We know about LinkedIn, Twitter, or other forms of social media. Their usefulness resides in the name: social media. It seems obvious that platforms dedicated to human interaction could play a big role here. But what does an application via Snapchat or Vine sound like?

If you have the possibility of emailing the resume to your desired company, include a link to a Vine where you creatively lay down your skills in six seconds. If you’re able to pull that off, surely there’s got to be a level of creativity in you that’s bound to spark some interest. Moreover, this is a way to showcase another really charming and sought-after trait – humor. Tell a story through images by using Snapchat and its colorful features and captions option. Just try to steer away from Tinder as we have no clue how that could prove useful… for now.

The first step to landing an internship is to make your application stand out as well as possible. Small details, such as the title of the e-mail, the font, or the color of the page weigh a lot. If you want to take it a notch further and be sure that you nail that internship position, then just adopt one of the methods on this list.

Karl Magnusson

Karl Magnusson, guest writer

Want more tips to help you land an internship or job at a major corporation? Keep visiting our blog and be sure to register as a job seeker on CollegeRecruiter.com, too. Follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for regular job and internship updates.

Karl Magnusson is a motivational writer and a career coach, with over five years of experience under his belt. He loves helping people identify their hidden talents and thrives on seeing his clients achieve professional acclaim.

Posted April 26, 2016 by

[video] 5 tips for following up after job interviews

 

Just because your interview went well doesn’t mean you can rest. Following up after a job interview is absolutely important and affects your chances.

Imagine this scenario: You finish the interview. You stand up, straightening your new suit jacket. The recruiter smiles broadly and extends her hand.

“Thank you so much for your time today. You should definitely hear from us within the next two weeks about our hiring decision.”

It’s in the bag, you think to yourself while you shake hands with her, smiling and thanking her for the opportunity to interview with her company and colleagues. (more…)

Posted February 03, 2016 by

Overcoming employers’ preference for candidates with work experience

Many employers prefer job candidates to have work experience when they apply for jobs. While gaining work experience gives college students and recent graduates a leg up on their competition, there are ways to overcome not having it. Bill Driscoll, District President of Accountemps, discusses the work experience dilemma and offers advice to college students and recent graduates searching for entry-level jobs. (more…)

Posted December 04, 2013 by

Want to Advance from Your Entry Level Job? 10 Steps to Land a Promotion

Do you want to advance from your entry level job?  Learn 10 steps that can help you land a promotion in the following post.

Feeling restless in your current position and eager to move up? Want to do so without shameless self-promotion? We all know the importance of doing more than expected and doing it exceptionally well to get noticed. But there’s more to getting promoted than that. Sure, going above and beyond is a great start, but there

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Posted October 23, 2013 by

Be a Shining Star on Your Entry Level Job! Establish MVP Status at Your Company

If you feel like you are underachieving as a young professional on your entry level job, now is the time to show your true worth.  The following post shares advice on establishing MVP status at your company.

Have you been feeling as if you aren’t exactly where you deserve to be in your career right now? Well, perhaps one of the reasons for your lack of career satisfaction is because you’ve been coasting in your career by being an average professional. Now, this isn’t particularly a bad thing, because being average while still employed

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Posted October 09, 2013 by

Keeping Creative Could Mean Keeping A Job

A creative group of young business people looking at artwork

A creative group of young business people looking at artwork. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Thinking outside the box, having a fresh point of view, finding unorthodox solutions to problems–what do all of these highly valued traits have in common?  They’re all traits of creative people.  Even if you don’t work in a traditionally creative field, it’s becoming more and more important to bring your creative sensibilities out to work.  Why?  As the job market becomes increasingly competitive, creative thinking has become nearly vital.  According to a study done with Adobe, a whopping 71% of respondents think that creativity is so important that it should be taught as a course. (more…)

Posted September 09, 2013 by

Want an Entry Level Job in Your Dream Company? One Job Search Method that Might Work

Entry level job seekers who desire to work for a specific company may want to consider using one job search method in the following post.

Think you’ve tried everything to land a job? While you may have tweaked your resume and worked on your interviewing skills, have you considered using search ads to get noticed? If you’re in the marketing field, it makes fantastic sense for you to use search advertisements in your job hunt. But

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Posted June 14, 2013 by

Looking for Recent Graduate Jobs? 11 Ways Grads Can Rise Above the Competition

With so much competition for recent graduate jobs, a job seeker must show potential employers that he or she is the best candidate for the job.  In the following post, learn 11 ways you can rise above fellow job seekers.

Use your talent to serve the American public! The IRS has a variety of career opportunities and is seeking bright people like you. Learn more here: http://jobs.irs.gov. After the graduation pomp and circumstance and well-deserved celebrations start to wane, it’s time for 2013 graduates to get serious about finding work in the post-collegiate world

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Posted June 04, 2013 by

Trying to Get Interviews for Recent Graduate Jobs? 7 Ways to Stand Out from the Competition

If you want to land interviews for recent graduate jobs, you should invest time and energy in your job search.  The following post explains seven ways you can stand out from the competition to get contacted for interviews.

What do you do when 30 other candidates are competing with you for the same job—and many of them are more qualified than you are? You need to do something to stand out. You need to have something unique, something that makes you what Seth Godin calls “The Purple Cow.” Here are seven of the easiest and most

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Posted April 26, 2013 by

3 Ways to Land a Job Without Touching Your Resume

Are you looking for a job?  When deciding on what to do after graduation, consider three steps to take in your job search in conjunction with your resume in the following post.

Use your talent to serve the American public! The IRS has a variety of career opportunities and is seeking bright people like you. Learn more here: http://jobs.irs.gov. What’s the one piece of paper you expect to represent your entire identity? No, not your birth certificate or Social Security card. It’s your

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