jobs or internships
Recruiters will look at your resume, but they’ll also look at your LinkedIn profile.
To find a job, you need a resume. Every job application will ask for one or two of them, and recruiters and hiring managers always look at them first. Candidates with good resumes find jobs faster than those who don’t—but how do you know if your resume is good?
When it comes to resumes, there are two types: chronological and functional. A chronological resume lists your work history in reverse chronological order (most recent employer first) while a functional resume groups all of your skills together instead of focusing on past employers. For example, instead of listing “Worked as an intern” under “Experience,” a functional resume would list “Researcher” with bullet points about the tasks that make up that role in the workplace (e.g., “Researching potential clients”).
LinkedIn may be best known as an online social network where people can connect with others in their industry or field, but it’s also a great tool for finding jobs! In fact, most recruiters will check out your LinkedIn profile before even looking at your CV – which means that it’s super important not only what information you put into this document but also how well organized everything is so that anyone viewing it can see exactly what kind of person you are from just skimming through the page quickly.”
Make sure you have a professional-looking LinkedIn photo.
You’ll want to make sure that your LinkedIn photo is a headshot, not a selfie. The only person who should be in the photo is you—no friends, family members or pets. Your clothes should be professional and appropriate for an interview. You don’t have to wear a suit and tie, but it’s best if you look neat and tidy.
Make sure your hair looks good—if possible, get someone else to do it for you if they’re better at doing it than you are! If possible, avoid having any dark circles under your eyes or any redness from shaving (even though most people shave their face every day). Try not to have too much makeup on either because this distracts from what’s important about this picture: YOU!
Also try not to smile too big in case someone thinks that means that can’t handle pressure because there’s something funny about them being asked questions by strangers all day long every single day of their life unless they’re able keep everything inside until one day when some random stranger asks what happened between them two weeks ago at lunch before asking another question like why did my dog die?
Ask for a recommendation from people who know you’re great.
You should ask a few people to write recommendations for you, but make sure they can talk about your good qualities and why you’re outstanding at what you do. Let’s say you’re looking for an internship that involves promoting a new movie coming out in theaters next week. You might ask one of your teachers who taught English or drama (or both!) to write a recommendation because they know that those are skillsets that would help promote the movie well. Ask someone who worked on another project with you as well, like someone from the social team or sports club at school. If someone really wants to get an internship with a big company like Google or Facebook, it helps if their teacher knows them well and has seen how hard they work!
Look at the profiles of people who snagged the job that you want and see if there are skills or experiences that you don’t have but could add to your profile.
Now that you’ve identified a job or internship that you want, it’s time to get to work. A great first step is to customize your LinkedIn profile for each opportunity. This will allow you to highlight the skills, experiences, and projects that make you a good fit for the position.
Use this strategy with other applications as well—emphasize what makes you unique in every application! (And don’t forget to update your resume.)
You can also use LinkedIn’s “Skill Index” feature to see what skills are most in demand at companies where you’d like to work. This data can help inform where you should focus your efforts and show which areas of experience are most valuable as well as those that might fall under-represented among applicants for this position or company.
Be active on LinkedIn.
- Post interesting content. The more interesting your LinkedIn profile is, the more likely it is that people will want to read and interact with it. This can be accomplished by posting something new on your profile every few weeks or so. You can also share articles that are relevant to your industry, follow companies that you admire, and comment on posts created by other LinkedIn users in order to build up a rapport with them.
- Connect with friends and colleagues. The best way to find internships or jobs on LinkedIn is through connections who know people at companies where you’re interested in working. It’s important not only for these connections to have a high number of contacts themselves but also for them to have strong relationships with their own network of contacts so as not to introduce an unknown element into the hiring process (e.g., “Who is this person? I don’t know him.”). If possible but not required: try connecting with people who work at companies whose products/services align well with yours; these types of connections might be especially helpful when reaching out about internship opportunities later on down the road!
Don’t just send a blanket cover letter with applications.
- Don’t just send a blanket cover letter with applications.
A common mistake is to send the same letter to every job you apply to, regardless of whether it’s for an entry-level position, a career change or leadership role. While there are some standard elements that should be included in your cover letter and resume for every application, make sure that you tailor them specifically for each company or organization. Include details about why you’re interested in working for that specific company; explain how your skills and experience have prepared you for the position; show knowledge of its mission (if applicable), products/services and market share; demonstrate understanding of the job description; express interest in learning more about this industry or business unit at this particular company rather than simply listing off all the companies where you’ve worked before.
Spend time customizing your cover letter for the job that you’re applying for.
When you’re applying for a job, it’s important to customize your cover letter. Your goal is to make sure that the person reading your application knows that you are interested in their organization, and that you meet all of the requirements they have listed on their job description.
If you don’t understand what an organization is looking for in its employees, or why they do what they do, it can be difficult to write a good cover letter. It’s usually best if someone else within the company gives guidance during this process. But if no one is available who can help out with this step of finding a job or internship, here are some tips:
- Read through all parts of their website thoroughly so that your knowledge base matches theirs when writing about why working at their company would be beneficial for both parties involved (you).
- Research what skills are required by each position within said institution(ies) (if applicable). This could mean researching various departments within large businesses such as Google or Apple Computer; however more often than not these days people will look at smaller companies such as startups when searching for work experience opportunities because these smaller firms tend to offer more creative opportunities where individuals can learn new skills quickly which may not be possible with larger corporate entities due mainly due lack resources available there compared against those found inside smaller organizations.”
Find ways to show off your personality in your cover letter.
While you might be tempted to write a cover letter that is as professional and formal as possible, the truth is that you can also show off your personality in your cover letter. One way to do this is by discussing your hobbies outside of work (for instance, if you’re applying for a job at an animal shelter, talk about how much you enjoy taking care of your pet) or what activities/activities you like doing on weekends and weeknights (for example, if you are applying for a job at an amusement park and love roller coasters). Your cover letter should be conversational in tone—think about what it would be like if someone asked their friend about this job opportunity—and make sure that it reflects who are at the end of the day: someone who’s excited about this opportunity!
Have more than one person edit your resume.
Before submitting your resume, it’s important to have someone else look over it too. Have one person proofread for spelling and grammar errors (this is the most common mistake people make), but also ask another person to provide feedback on other aspects of your resume as well. Ask them if they can easily read through the document, or if they want more information about what you’ve included on a particular page. Ask them if they think your skills are highlighted enough in the document—it’s easy for applicants to put all their time into creating an impressive cover letter, but sometimes those skills don’t come across as strongly when trying to impress an employer via resume alone.
It’s okay to be specific.
Now that you know the difference between general and specific, it’s time to learn how to be specific. Here are some examples of general statements:
- I want to work for a company that values honesty and integrity.
- I would like to work in an office setting.
- I would like a job where I can make lots of money.
Now here are some examples of specific statements:
You can get an internship or job by taking certain steps on LinkedIn
To get an internship or job, it’s important to focus on your strengths and what makes you stand out. Make sure your resume reflects who you are as a person, rather than just listing your skills. Don’t just rely on online job applications; it’s important to network with people who are already doing the kind of work you want to do. Your LinkedIn profile is also very important—make sure it shows off everything that makes you unique!