By Amanda Garrity
Filling out internship applications can be tedious — but it doesn’t have to be boring. Getting your information and best self across to future employers is key, and the only way to do so is to effectively showcase who you truly are. Employers are sorting through an application pool of people as qualified and talented you, so what sets you apart?
Here are three tips onhow to best show your personality in the application process:
- Kick off your cover letter with an anecdote.
Most people start off their cover letter with “My name is _____ and I’m interested in applying for the position of ________ because _______.” Here’s a tip: Stay away from a stale first sentence like this. Use the first few sentences to tie-in a personal story or passion that makes you a unique (and qualified) person for the position. For example, if you are applying for an internship at lifestyle PR agency, talk about an ad campaign that had an influence on your life. Or, if you’re applying for a job at MTV, share your favorite MTV memory. Be sure to keep this anecdote short and sweet — employers don’t want to read your autobiography; they just want to get to know you a little better. In doing so, be sure to keep your audience in mind; what might work for one company, may not work for another.
- Add a personal touch to your e-portfolio and resume design.
Something as simple as the color for your e-portfolio background can tell a lot about your personality. Use this to your advantage. While these materials must aim to look professional, there is nothing wrong with showing some personal flair. The same goes for your resume — but research your employer to ensure she will appreciate it. Use your best judgment in this situation.
- Make your passion evident.
Passion, people and persistence: the buzzwords that you should showcase in your application. Passion, especially, goes a long way in the job market. Employers want to know why you (yes, you) want this position. Use this as an opportunity to express why this position would best fit you — not every other qualified college student looking for a summer internship. Before applying to this position, take a moment to sit down and think about what you can offer this internship and in turn, what it can offer you. Instead of rushing to apply, your thoughtful and intentional words will likely make you a stronger candidate for the position.
For more information on balancing personality and professionalism, visit http://www.internqueen.com/blog/2014/03/how-do-i-write-cover-letter-that’s-professional-yet-passionate