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How to Best Include Internship Experience on Your Resume

Tue, Aug 7, 2012

Internship Resume

Applying for a job can be a difficult task. Especially with the economy the way is it right now. And if you’ve got little to no experience under your belt, creating a resume that sells you well can be tough. The important thing is to use whatever experience you do have to paint you in a positive light. Always include experiences that let a potential employer know that you are primed and ready for advancement and success. If you’ve got a mixed employment history, you may need to pick and choose the jobs you highlight on your resume according to what specific job you are applying for. Try to emphasize jobs that required the use of general and transferable skills. And don’t forget about including internships on the list.

Unless you are well into your career (and sometimes even if you are), internships are a must include item on any person’s resume. Participation in an internship program will demonstrate that you know how to take initiative and learn what you need to learn without putting money first. Not to mention, some internships are even paid. Many times, companies provide some very necessary learning opportunities for students and people just starting out in their careers. People doing the hiring realize how important it is to participate in internship opportunities as a way to learn the ropes. If you can enter into a career path with even a small amount of experience, you’ll be that much farther along than the next applicant.

If your internship experience is directly related to the position you are applying for, you should place it at the top of your resume under a “Related Experience” heading or something to this effect. This way, a potential employer knows right away that you have had some experience in a related industry, no matter how little. Drawing the eye quickly to any related experience will increase your chances at getting the job because most of the time, employers scan resumes top to bottom for details that show them you’ll be capable of handling the work.

If your internship experience is indirectly related to the position you are applying for, you can keep this item in its chronological place within the resume. But be sure to speak about the experience and what you gained from having partaken in it in your cover letter or in an in person interview. Internships help round out an employee and they help people get their feet wet in the business world. There is always a way to draw from an internship experience, even if you were just working in the mail room or filing papers. Even if this isn’t your top career priority, having organizational and administrative experience is a helpful skill.

If you are unsure of how best to sell yourself on your resume, or even simply how best to lay it out visually, consider hiring a resume writing service to get your one pager into shape. Most of the time even your college will provide and employment service or resume service to graduates. Use this service. After all you probably paid an arm and a leg for school. Why not get your money’s worth?

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