We love interns and want to help anybody looking for a summer internship beat the crowds. We have released four unspoken (and truly unconventional) tips to help you find that perfect internship. We pooled together all of our unique experiences, backgrounds, and anecdotes and boiled them down into four unique tips.
#1 Starting Early
Preparing for your summer internship begins in winter. Although most job positions open up in early spring, we have some work to do before you are ready to start applying and networking. A summer beach body isn’t built in May – it is built in the fall following the previous summer and harvested in spring. Get a head start now in January while you still have the time. There’s no such thing as being over-prepared.
#2 House Cleaning
Here is something potentially eye opening: Google your name with quotes, e.g., “Geoff Manson,” and scan the search results for anything potentially harmful or defamatory. You might be surprised by some older content and photos you forgot about. In addition, Google any common usernames you used to double check.
Log into old blogs and delete content. Log in into older messaging boards, forums, or defunct social media platforms and delete everything in one fell swoop. You want to remove your name from your old mistakes.
Lastly, request Google to delete the cached pages for your old platforms now, as this process can take months. You may need to prove you are the owner of the blog from your search console.
Some Fortune 100 companies have backdoors into social media platforms, as well as cunning HR representatives looking for any excuse not to hire someone. Beat the heat on the 21st Century “Social Background Check” by exercising due diligence now. Times have changed – it’s important to actively manage your reputation online.
#3 Getting Social & Unconventional Networking
Now that your name is clean, it’s time to get your social presence up to speed. Online job websites are still the go-to platform to host all of your career achievements in one easy-to-read space. Make sure to pick a background image, too. We love seeing applicants who really take advantage of every little thing.
However, times are changing. Though LinkedIn is still the go-to, other platforms are in demand as well. AngelList champions itself as the LinkedIn of startups, but it’s much more than that. After creating a profile, Angel.co allows you to search for open internship positions, see paygrades and equity shares, connect, create alerts, and one-click apply.
Networking is a vague concept with no concrete definition. Ask anyone what networking is, and they might give you a blank stare. We came up with our own definition: Networking is growing and exercising your current pool of connections and contacts across a wide spectrum of industries.
An existing connection is the family friend who’s a VP at a banking firm. Befriending the guy at the gym who happens to be a photographer is how you grow your connections. Calling in a favor is a form of exercising your pool of contacts and connections.
Surprisingly, your networking pool is much bigger than you think!
#4 Additional Insights
Our last tip is the one we are most proud of. If you are having trouble hearing back, find yourself wildly out of the loop, or feel unqualified for most roles, heed our last piece advice:
Network and connect with people who have your current role or people whom you want to work for.
Don’t pitch yourself as a future candidate. Instead, ask them what qualities and qualifications they are looking for. Tell them you are interested in pursuing the same career path and would love to learn from someone in the industry. It is critical to come prepared to these conversations, as you want to leave a positive impression.
Your clear dedication and comprehensive research is guaranteed to impress. Instead of selling something directly (yourself), you are understanding the needs of the consumer (a boss). By using this method, you’ll learn undisclosed information about the industry which will help you with any future opportunities. You’ll gain valuable insight into the inner workings of the company and the industry.
In addition, you might be recommended to another company or to a role in another department. If they take a liking to you, the future boss or coworker will exercise his or her network to help you out.
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