How to Sell Yourself as an Intern – CV & Cover Letter
As a corporate body, we receive application emails from several interns every now and then. These emails, in most cases, remain unattended to for two reasons: they look unbelievably fake and totally unprofessional for a soon-to-be university graduate.
Job hunting isn’t exactly a pleasant task, that’s why university students decide to test the waters before they graduate.
All the same, you shouldn’t handle this pre-job hunt with levity, you have to put as much work into it, just as you plan to after your graduation.
However, to be successful in the job market, you need an in-depth understanding of what you’re selling. You need to identify your unique attribute and how to communicate it with employers.
One easy way around this is to view job- hunting in its crudest form, consider yourself as a product or an individual brand.
Your time in the university serves as a manufacturing phase, and your goal is to sell your “product” in the “job market”.
CV & Cover Letter
While applying for an internship, you have to submit an outstanding resume and cover letter. If your application is good enough, you’ll receive an invitation to an interview, but if it’s not, you’re definitely getting ignored and your cover letter would probably land on a blog post titled “Examples of Cover Letters you Shouldn’t Copy”.
There’s a viral misunderstanding as regards the importance of a cover letter, so interns tend to focus all their energy on the CV. Note that this belief in the irrelevancy of a cover letter can be detrimental to your professional success.
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A resume and cover letter work hand in hand and they are the foundation of your success as a job applicant. If you get both right and hit your interview out of the park, you’d definitely receive an internship or a job offer.
In case you’re not sure about the point of writing a cover letter, keep reading.
The purpose of a CV is to communicate your achievements to a potential employer and a CV never uses personal pronouns like “I” or “Me”. So, instead of saying, “I helped grow the ICT Instagram account to 10,000 followers” a CV states, “helped grow the ICT Instagram account to 10,000 followers”.
Because of this traditional formatting, it can be difficult for prospective interns to express their personality, hence a cover letter.