Many undergraduates at one point in time have to go for a 6-12 months industrial training (popularly known as SIWES – Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme).
Get Ready for SIWES – Writing a Winning Internship Resume
This is the time to secure a place in companies and other establishments related to their field of study so as to put to practice what they have learned in school so far.
Unfortunately, it takes more than enough time for some of these students to secure a placement, and one of the reasons is that they do not present themselves as someone who has something substantial to offer to the establishment but as someone who just wants the placement for the money.
Hope you know that getting a good I.T placement is like struggling to secure a job? It takes some real work on your part.
It will be subjective to neglect the fact that there are many students than the establishments out there.
Also, some establishments are not ready to pay, they just want to take advantage of the fact that students are on compulsory Industrial Training which carries about 4 to 6 units of their cumulative grades in school.
But still, there’s one key step an I.T brethren should take to increase his/her chances of getting a placement as fast as possible and that is Writing a Winning Internship Resume.
What Is a Resume?
A resume provides a summary of your education, work history, credentials, and other accomplishments and skills. There are also optional sections, including a resume objective and career summary statement.
Resumes are the most common document requested of applicants in job applications.
First, let’s review what a resume isn’t.
- It isn’t a log of your job history (you have little or none as an undergraduate)
- It isn’t a summary of skills.
- It isn’t going to automatically get you a job.
Think of your resume this way: It’s an advertisement, and YOU are the product. Your goal is to get hiring managers to buy into what you’re selling – which means giving you an interview.
To accomplish that, you need to see it as your marketing tool, your trusty belt buckle of tricks. Without it you are powerless. However, simply having a one isn’t enough to get you an interview. You need a suitable cover letter too
A Resume is a tool with one specific purpose; to win an interview and ultimately a job. A resume is a marketing tool (an avenue to sell yourself to an employer), it is an avenue with which you as a prospective employee represents yourself in the most attractive manner to convince the recruiter that you have something to offer.
Tips to Help You Quickly Get a Placement with Your Resume
As an undergraduate ready for the Industrial training scheme, there’s no doubt you have little or no work experience and there are probably a whole lot of people pushing for the same opportunity or position in your career.
Get familiar with resume writing skills
So, you’re wondering “Where do I start?” There are hundreds of people asking this same question and the reason most likely, is that there’s no standard rule to writing a resume.
Did you know there are 3 Resume formats?
- Reverse chronological format
- Functional format
- Combination format
The best for you as an intern (student) is the Reverse chronological format. Click here to get the chronological resume writing guide and download samples.
Identify the sections that are germane to your resume
It is important to note that there are some sections expected to be found in an experienced hire’s resume which may not be appropriate for an intern resume.
So, the beginning of your resume should compel the recruiter to read on, and it must point the recruiter on your desired destination
Target your resume
There is no resume for all jobs. You have to tailor your resume to the kind of placement you’re applying for and also to the type of establishment you’re summing.
Exhibit your core strength
Here, there’s a need to maintain a good level of integrity. Do not make general statements without follow-up evidence.
Also try to link your skills and accomplishment to the requirements of the job you’re applying for.
Employ the use of concise language
Avoid the use of some personal pronouns (I, you, me, they, their) and articles (a, an, the). It is more desirable and acceptable that you use action verbs (managed, recorded, performed) when highlighting your accomplishments.
A Final Note on Writing a Winning Internship (SIWES) Resume
On a final note, you need to proof read your resume to check for all sorts of errors (spelling, grammatical, structural etc.)
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