As of last week, fall internship season is in the air. Employers are slowly getting those fall internship descriptions up, students are starting to send resumes and the interviews will start happening within the next few weeks.
Tuesday night, I hosted my annual INTERN QUEEN PARTY and after visiting with employers, here are a few internship DON’Ts for this fall. Good luck and don’t forget to start applying!
1. DON’T demand they read your resume.
Remember, the employer doesn’t have to do anything — they definitely don’t “NEED” to look over your resume. They are doing you a favor by looking over your resume and considering you for future opportunities within the company. Make sure that you don’t come across too aggressive.
2. DON’T shove materials in someone’s face.
Always ask employers if they will look over your resume or if you can leave them with a business card. The employer might have a better way for you to get in touch with them. Give them an opportunity to tell you.
3. DON’T talk without listening.
Make sure the conversations you have with employers go both ways. Ask them questions about the recruiting process and what they are looking for. Ask them what the best way to apply for the position might be.
4. DON’T over-communicate.
Once you send your resume to an employer, it’s appropriate to follow up two weeks after the day you initially send. Avoid following up every week to check-in on progress. A good tip is to ask the employer when the best time to follow up might be. Let them answer your question for you.
5. DON’T pretend they are your BFF.
You and a potential employer are professional contacts, not personal friends. It’s important to remember the difference. During the application phase and interview process, avoid stories that are too personal or private. Dating, drinking and “going out” don’t need to be addressed at any point in your internship search.
6. DON’T waste the employer’s time.
Make sure that every minute of the application process is spent wisely. Avoid asking your internship coordinator too many questions. Also, only ask relevant questions that pertain to the internship opportunity. You must respect the internship coordinator’s time.
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