By Arielle Berlinsky
Confidence will take you a long way in the process of searching for internship positions. Avoid the stress and instead of starting the process with the fearful thought that you may not be good enough for a company, try reminding yourself that they would be lucky to have you. This will help to relieve some of anxiety and those overwhelming thoughts.
Each day, start looking on the Communications Hotlists and social media, EJN, LinkedIn, and other sites to start finding positions. You will also feel more confident in applying for positions if you have your resume, a cover letter, recommendation letters, and examples of your work always on hand in a folder on your desktop. This way, when the application asks for these elements, you will have them already to submit.
Once you have made it to the second step of the application process, you will begin interviewing. Confidence and a smile will take you far. Most people do not realize it, but if you smile while you answer questions on the phone, it actually sounds happier, presents confidence, and makes your answers sound more appealing. If you have an in-person interview, you do not have to smile the entire time, but make sure to flash those pearly whites at least a few times during your meeting. There is no reason to be nervous in an interview because you will be discussing the topic you know best…YOU! To boost your level of confidence for preparing for the interview, look up examples of questions that may be asked online so you can prepare some possible answers ahead of time.
Congratulations! You made it past the application and interviewing steps. Now, you are in a new workplace, so how can confidence be carried into your new position? When I got to my internship, I greeted everyone I ran into and introduced myself with a smile and confident handshake from the first day. It is important not to feel intimidated by the new environment and people around you. At the end of the day, they are going to want to teach you what they know and help you to feel comfortable with completing your new tasks. At the end of my first day, I sat down in the CEO’s office to discuss what I wanted to gain from my internship. I also explained my skills, interests and more so he would know what projects I work well on during my time there. Expressing your goals will help others to assist you in making the most of your position. When you believe in yourself and what you are capable of, you will go far. Now, go and conquer your application process with confidence. Good luck!