Nicole Vulcan reports:
"Before you begin a career, it helps to have some experience first...Landing a good internship often requires you to create a resume. But forget the boilerplate resume. Even a summer internship resume has to be directly tailored to the company...Research the company to find out as much as you can about its products, culture, market and hiring needs. Every resume should be tailored to the company to which you're applying, so the best way to do that is to learn as much as you can about the company. Read the company's website and blogs as well as media articles to learn more about it. Also, get a full understanding of the internship position so you can tailor your resume accordingly. Talk to the career counselor at your college to find out any other information you can about the internship or the company...Type your full contact information at the top of the resume, including your name, postal address, phone number and email address. Take a second to consider which address you're using. If you're not going to be living in the dorms or your college apartment by summertime, don't include that address. You don't want mail coming to a place where you're not living. Instead, use the address where you'll be living that summer...Create an 'Objective' section under your contact information section. In one or two sentences, state the name of the internship, the [company and] a special trait, training or skill you have that will make you a good candidate for the internship. If you aim to get a job with the company following the internship, don't be afraid to mention it in the 'Objective' section. The employer might appreciate your frankness and ambition...Create a 'Skills' section under the 'Objective' section, and then create a bullet point list that details some of your best skills. Your research into the ideal intern will give you an idea about which of your skills you should highlight. Detail five to 10 of your best skills -- and any brief information about how you obtained those skills -- in a bullet point list...Create an 'Accomplishments' section under the Skills section. Summer interns are not necessarily expected to have a long list of work-related accomplishments, but you might have been awarded things like the 'Most Likely to Succeed' award in high school, been part of the National Honor Society, made the Dean's [List or] served as the lead editor at your school newspaper. These accomplishments -- which can include your participation on sports or academic teams -- will demonstrate your ambition and involvement...Create an 'Education' section next. Naturally, you'll list your high school and college attendance. Under the schools, list any key courses you've taken that will apply to the internship in a bullet point list. Also include your grade point average in this section, if it paints you in a good light...Create a 'Work Experience' or 'Internships' section that details the names of the companies and the dates you worked there. If you've interned at a competitor during another summer internship, weigh your options about including it. Some employers might be uneasy about hiring someone from a rival company. For each work or internship experience you do mention, include a sentence or two about your duties while on the job. Be sure to mention any skills or duties that the current internship employer wants to see in its ideal intern."
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