Editor’s Note: James Jeffries and Alex Amerling provide some timely advice for interns wrapping up their summer.
Don’t let your resume look like this:
Sales Intern Summer 2013
Acme Corporation, Saskatchewan
- Initiated Friday Social Hour for team of 13
- Managed workload, even with delayed morning arrivals
- Executed 15 calls per day to family and friends
- Um…some major project in sales, but I forget
- Started 18 performance upgrades; completed 2
Here is Alex’s Advice:
1. Go out with class. This means finish any of those tasks that you just haven’t gotten around to, make sure to clean your work area out, tell your boss where you are on unfinished projects so he/she has the adequate amount of information to finish the project.
2. Write everything you did down. Write down all the new computer programs and equipment you learned to use. And even more importantly write down what you accomplished in detail. Imagine making a presentation of what you accomplished this summer. This allows you to have a great answer in those tough interviews and it will make updating your resume much easier.
3. Thank You’s. Thank everyone who helped you along your way for the summer, both in person and with a thank you card. NEVER underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you card; it can get you a job in the future.
If you have any questions on how to update your resume, write a proper thank you, or anything else to finish up your summer feel free to stop by Career Services or email Scott (firstname.lastname@example.org) or James (email@example.com).
–Alex Amerling & James Jeffries