Keeping your network and resume relevant
Fewf. You made it! We hope you had an incredible experience interning this summer, ups and downs included. We’ve talked about how to exit gracefully, finish up projects and keep your connections close — but what else do you need to do before you start applying to that next job?
- Make sure your boss or a colleague will give you a recommendation — If you haven’t already, do this now. If you don’t have a person to recommend you, it could slow down your application process. Before you even start applying, secure one or two people that are happy to recommend you. That way, when you do end up applying, you’re ready to go.
- Update your LinkedIn profile — If you don’t have a LinkedIn… make one. If you do have one, make sure it’s up to date. You should have updated it with your most recent internship well before now, but if you haven’t there’s no time like the present. That way, if a potential employer looks at your profile, they’ll know your whole professional experience, not just that babysitting job you had in high school!
- Update your resume — This one takes time and requires great care. A resume is not something to throw together last minute. Make sure you’ve updated your experience to reflect yourself as professionally as possible AND make sure it highlights all of the amazing work you did. One pro tip? Make sure your resume is as quantitative as possible. Using numbers shows the depth of the work you did.
Now what? Now you’re ready for the Fall! If you’ve completed all of these steps you’re on the right path to the perfect job, or at least prepared for the interview. So, start seeking out companies. Start applying and get the perfect internship!