How to write a resume for an internship

It's not always easy to organize your CV when you're still a student and you feel like you've done nothing. Here are some tips to put you in the best light and get an internship.

How to write a resume for an internship


Wen writing your resume for an internship, you often find yourself dealing with the white page syndrome. Or worse: that of unnecessary filling. If you have the impression of having no experience to value, do not panic, it simply means that you have to dig a little.


The good technique is to start by asking what would interest the recruiter. "If you respond to an ad, list the skills that are requested. They will serve as a guideline, "says Emilie Letailleur, Embelys Coaching. If there is no announcement, take a walk on the company's website or on sites like Viadeo where employees leave opinions and ratings on the company you are targeting.

Customize your application as much as possible

This research will allow you to personalize each of your applications: "  The most common mistake of the student is not to adapt each of his requests . Above all, you have to find the right person to go to, and adapt your CV and your letter to a particular job, "says Audrey Olivier, a psychologist working in training, who has been trained in human resources management and is now the managing director. 'a cabinet.

For example, from the CV header, indicate the name of the position and a mini-text explanation : "It's time to indicate that you are passionate about the field of activity you have chosen a specialization during your studies that makes you stand out, etc. ", explains Émilie Letailleur.

How to talk about your (rare) internships

If you are lucky enough to have done internships during your studies, this is what you should highlight in the first part : Professional experience. In this same category, you can also add group work supervised by a professional , days spent in the company for a dissertation, or jobs related to the domain you are targeting.

Above all, do not just list these experiences . "You have to develop the missions that were yours and the skills you acquired. But above all, for each experiment indicate a result, qualitatively and quantitatively . This is the most important, "says Émilie Letailleur.
If you are applying for a different branch than you know, or for another type of structure, try to show continuity. "The purpose of the internships is to explore, so it is normal to test different positions, different structures or areas of activity. But it is necessary that the recruiter understands your progress  ", explains Audrey Olivier. For example, if you work in a big box and are applying for a start-up today, point out that you have worked in a small project team, or that you have been in regular contact with clients from startups. The recruiter will understand that you want to discover more about this world. And if there really is a radical difference between your different stages, make it a story telling that you keep for your cover letter.

Highlight your associative experiences and your hobbies

Then comes the most important category of many student resumes: personal experience . Here, it is not a question of listing your hobbies but of showing how certain activities or hobbies have allowed you to acquire useful skills in the world of work.

Start by writing down on a rough draft all that comes to your mind: an associative activity, an option taken at school, travel, the sport you practice, a social network that you particularly master, your movie outings, your readings ... Then, for each activity, find out how it has allowed you to mature, to train, to learn. In the end, keep the ones that you think are most interesting to draw a parallel with professional life . Above all, the goal is to reveal a truth, not to invent. You have to really believe that you have learned something so that you can talk about it in a natural way.
"  Those who have not done internships can afford to start their CV directly with a Skills block in which they develop the skills they master through experiences outside the professional world," says Émilie Letailleur. Otherwise, you can separate Professional Experience and Miscellaneous Experiences for example.

How to talk about student jobs

Regarding jobs that have nothing to do with the area of ​​activity you are targeting, select only those that have really brought you something , often it is skills like rigor, the spirit of synthesis, relational or leadership. "If the student wants to show that he worked a lot, as proof of maturity, but without spreading, he can put everything together on a line," advises Audrey Olivier. This would give for example: from 2014 to 2017: summer jobs in sales in contact with customers.

Depending on how much you decide to develop them, put them in a separate category, or with the rest of the Personal Experiences.

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