Do yourself a favor and take a look at your resume. Have you updated it recently? Make sure to add current work experience and additional experience such as clubs, extracurriculars, or volunteer work. Taking the time to glean over a resume can be the difference of landing an interview for your dream job/internship or falling short.
Double Check Cover Letter
You will need to write a unique cover letter for each job or internship you apply for. This is your time to shine, show off your written communication skills, and provide the potential interviewer with some extra information about you. Additionally, the cover letter can be used to let the employer know what you can do for them.
Once your cover letter is written, scan over it for spelling and grammar mistakes. A simple spelling mistake may not seem like that big of a deal, but to a future employer, it can show you are not detail oriented. Do yourself a favor and double check your work!
Submit Applications On Time
Timeliness is an important part of the job, so you should start right from the beginning. Submitting all information before the deadline shows your eagerness, attention to detail, and your respect for deadlines.
If you do not submit your application on time, there is a good chance you will not even be considered for the job.
Be Prepared for Your Interview
Interview preparation is your secret weapon. This calls for everything from proper attire to doing proper research about the company. Let’s start with appearance. This is your first in-person impression and you want to be put together and appropriately dressed. Your attire says a lot about you, so make sure to be buttoned up and dressing to impress.
Company research is an important and often overlooked part of the pre-interview preparation. You will want to have a decent understanding of what the company does and why they do it. This way, you can ask questions about what is expected of you in the role. Also, asking higher level questions shows your interest in the company.
Flexibility shows that you’re ready to roll with the punches and do what you can do to get the job done. This may mean you’re flexible with your schedule or even open to stepping outside of your job description to help out. Convey this when appropriate in the interview. Let them know your full availability and willingness to be there when needed within those parameters.