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How to write a CV for internships
Internships are a great way to gain experience in the working world before seeking a permanent role. This enables you to get a feel for what the industry is like and how you would feel working in such an establishment. There are many students out there who are keen to get an internship either during or after university, which means competition is tough. Therefore, it is crucial to perfect your CV for applications.
What employers look for in a CV
Your CV is the place to showcase your professional self, including the abilities and skills that you could bring to a particular role. Employers will want to know that you are passionate about the industry, learned in the right areas, and what you are like as a person. This can be difficult to squeeze into two A4 sides of paper, but if you break your CV into sections, it makes it much easier.
How to structure a CV
It is important to structure your CV clearly and professionally. You want recruiters and potential employers to find it easy to read, not lose them with colloquial language or an unprofessional font. Here is how you should structure your internship CV.
Personal details – Include your name, email address, and phone number at the top of the page so it is easy to contact you for interviews.
Personal profile – Your personal profile is the introductory paragraph where you should highlight who you are as a professional. In a few short lines, write about your current work situation, whether it be university, work, or both. Then, discuss why you are interested in the internship and what you hope to get out of it if hired.
Key skills – In a bullet-pointed list, highlight the top skills that you have developed throughout your life. These can include your transferable skills such as your communication abilities, or IT literacy. Anything that will help you to stand out from the competition will improve your application.
Work experience – If you have worked before applying for an internship, it is beneficial to include your previous employment history on your CV. With your most recent employment at the top, list the company, your role, and the time you worked there for. Underneath this, and most importantly, list your key responsibilities in an easy to read bullet-pointed list.
Education – Include your education history accompanied by what grades you achieved. This can be in the following format:
A-levels: English – A, Mathematics – B, Science – C
10 GCSEs achieved between A-C grade, including maths, English, and science
Hobbies/interests – Including your hobbies and interests is a great way to highlight what sort of person you are outside of the office. This humanises your CV and allows potential employers to get a glimpse of who you are.
What not to put in a CV
- Don’t be too forthcoming with your personal information or provide unnecessary personal information on your CV.
- Make sure your CV has all of the correct information and doesn’t have any spelling or grammatical errors.
- Keep your CV short - no longer than two sides of A4 paper. Employers don’t look at CVs for too long, so it is important to keep them engaged throughout.
- Do not lie on your CV. This may seem obvious, but if you are asked a question about a point on your CV that you are unsure of in an interview, it is likely you will get caught out.
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