Integrity Staffing Solutions
best of staffing 2019 client 2x 1

How to Harness the Power of Your Internship

  • Harness the Power of Your Internship

Here’s how it’s supposed to work: An internship gives you experience that you can leverage into a full-time position in your chosen field. This is how it all too often really works: You spend the summer doing grunt work, or worse, doing nothing at all. Can this resume entry be saved?

 

Yes, it can! No matter how lowly or off-topic you think your internship was, you have still learned things that will be of value to future employers. It’s all in how you look at it … and present it when marketing yourself.

 

Professional skills.

If you lucked into an internship where you received relevant training and opportunities to contribute meaningfully to the company’s operations, then you will certainly make the most of that on your resume and in your next job.

 

But even the most mundane task can sound impressive if you add the right details. Of these two resume entries, which person would you hire?

Helped with warehouse restocking.

Handled restocking of 25,000 sq. ft. warehouse which shipped more than 5,000 items per week to all 50 states and 14 countries.

 

If you said B, you’re right. This version tells recruiters that you have learned how to handle a fast pace and high work volumes — and that’s much more valuable than the task itself.

 

People skills.

For many interns, this is their first experience of working in a team where they are expected to put the company’s benefit ahead of their own personal interests. You learn how to fit in with the corporate culture, interact with a variety of different personalities, and meet people at all levels of the organization.

 

Good communication skills, teamwork experience and being a cultural fit are all high priority traits that employers look for in job applicants.

 

Employee skills.

Being good at your job is only half the story for most employers. They also want someone who’s good at being an employee: coming in on time every time, taking direction well, being willing to go the extra mile when the team is in a jam. In short, someone who’s a good value for the money they’re paying.

 

If you learned and practiced these skills during your internship, it will pay off big when it comes time for your supervisor to write that letter of recommendation. And remember, this supervisor — as well as everyone you worked with during your internship — should be kept in touch with as part of your professional network after you leave. You never know when one of these contacts might lead you to your dream job.

 

You might be interested in...

12.17.19
Best snacks for a 15 minute break
  Feeling sluggish at work? Use your 15-minute break to get that energy up and finish the day strong! Try to stay away from the vending machine and pack these healthier options instead.  Protein Protein is best for long-term hunger prevention, so you won't need another snack until dinner. They also don't cause blood sugar spikes and crashes like carbs. Try: Protein bar (but check labels for sugar content) Nuts and/or seeds Jerky (now available in lots of options, thanks to the Paleo Diet movement) String cheese   Carbs Carbs deliver a fast fix of mental or physical energy. Whether you crave sweet or salt, there's a high carb snack for you: Dried fruit (raisins, banana chips, etc.) Fresh fruit/veggies that have long shelf-life (apples, pears, oranges, carrots) Dark chocolate bar with at least 60% cacao (less fat, more antioxidants) Rice cakes Veggie chips Pretzels (also low in calories)   Fiber High fiber foods also keep you feeling full as well...
Read More
8.28.19
Training Gen Z for Success and Retention
In our white paper "Are You Ready for Generation Z?" you will discover the impacts this new generation will have on the way we recruit, train and retain employees. In this article, we'll discuss the generation's strengths and weaknesses which may require you to make some changes in your training protocols.    Generation Z (born 1998 – 2005) is both more independent and more in need of skill-building than previous generations. Here are some of the factors you're likely to encounter.     BE ready to help them build their soft skills  As the first generation of true digital natives, Generation Z brings the technological skills that are in high demand, even in entry-level positions. At the same time, 92% of HR leaders believe that having emotional and social skills is increasingly important. However, a side-effect of their constant online interaction is that many of them are deficient in soft skills such as problem-solving, critical thinking and interpersonal relationships. Most...
Read More
8.14.19
Gen Z
Gen Z is the biggest population to hit our labor market in 60 years. Here’s (almost) everything we know about how to become their employer of choice.    Gen Z will dominate your workforce by 2025 because Baby Boomers are retiring at a rate of 10,000 per day. Here is how you can effectively recruit them into your workforce.  ______________________________________________________________________  DOES YOUR WORKPLACE PASS THE GEN Z TEST? FIND OUT IN THIS SPECIAL BROADCAST ON SEPTEMBER 19TH. REGISTER NOW! ______________________________________________________________________  Forget everything you think you know about managing Millennials in your workforce  Gen Zers, born after 1996, are already in your labor market. The leading edge of the this generation are in their 20s. And you can forget everything you think you learned over the last 20 years about managing Millennials in your workforce. Gen Z is about to upend the game.  The truth is with the labor market so tight,...
Read More
General

Title

More Info
You need an account to do that Set up an account Never Mind

Please register for an account first. If you already have one, log in here.