For those of you having difficulty or have simply forgotten to complete their Intern Avenue profile, have a look at these simple steps to doing so. The fuller your profile the more appealing you are and the more searches you’ll show up in for potential employers. Your profile is not visible until it is 50% complete, and if you want to be head hunted by one of the UK’s top employers, you need to have filled in the ‘Skills’ and ‘Matching Preferences’ sections. There are some brilliant internships open for applications, such as the Mondelez International Summer 2015 positions, and upcoming ones like the Lloyds Banking Group Graduate Programme, which will be open for applications on Intern Avenue soon! Be sure to follow their page on IA. Do you want to be in with a chance? Let’s get stuck in with completing your IA profile!
- Log in and Verify your e-mail address – doesn’t it feel like home? A warm, animated home full of opportunities? Come on in and take a seat, yes it has been another hard day of intern-seeking, we know. Times are tough, but we’re here to help
- Fill in your personal details – Your profile isn’t visible to other interns and employers will only contact you by request, so look through the terms and conditions for further clarification.
- Enter your University qualifications and School Grades – Input them whether you are still studying or have just graduated. If you didn’t go to University, not to worry. There are alternative qualifications, or you can leave the section out entirely. Whether it’s your A Levels, GCSEs, NVQs or YMCAs (you never know), show off your qualifications to potential employers. Here is a document which finds the equivalents of a BA degree across the globe.
- Skills, Languages, Awards and Societies – don’t say you don’t have any, we both know that’s not true. Microsoft Office is a skill, and don’t forget any HTML or internet languages you know. Now is not the time to be modest! Put in any awards you received and any groups or societies you were a part of. If you don’t have any awards of relevance and steered clear of extra-curricular activities during school, don’t fret. Re-enrolling into school so you can join the Chess Society is not a time-efficient way to improve your CV. If you have more than one language under your belt, include it on your profile, you clever clogs.
- Matching Preferences and Availability – This allows you to receive custom updates from us on what internships you could be interested in – that way, you don’t need to pour through streams and streams of job listings – get the right vacancies sent directly to you!
- Personal statement and Elevator Pitch – Oh the dreaded personal statement – the days of UCAS writing come flooding back in a dreary memory, but you don’t need to be writing the usual 500 words. Keep it concise and present yourself as you would want to be seen by professional businesses. If you’re having trouble summarising yourself for the elevator pitch, ask a close friend to help you out (and don’t get annoyed if they sum you up in a way you don’t like!). These self-sellers are really important and may well be the first thing a potential employer looks at, before your work experience and grades.
- Upload a photo – Show us that beautiful mug of yours to round out the visual impact of your portfolio. Employers are more likely to pay attention to a profile that shows the intern seeker, so make sure you get a professional one! See our previous post on the Dos and Don’ts of profile pictures.
Save all changes and get ready for opportunities – Get out there and kickstart your career! It’s scary but you should also be excited; there are a lot of opportunities waiting for you. And all of them on Intern Avenue are paid, of course.
Let us know how your internship hunt is going – tell us in the comments below!