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Sunny Side Up: It’s all about strategy

January 28, 2011

At the very least you should be a little bit picky about what you apply for.

For example – we were looking for a graphic design intern the last few months. The title is somewhat self-explanatory. So what’s the first line I see when looking at one of the resumes submitted? “Objective: To obtain an internship in mechanical engineering.' Eh…

Ok, there is no problem at all with applying to jobs and internships that are outside your major or something you have no experience with, but you have to at least let me know why you’re applying. The problem is this is a graphic design internship and this person just straight up said it isn’t what they’re looking for. Not only that, it makes it seem like you are lazy or don’t bother to read. Both of which, by the way, didn’t make the cut on my “Intern Qualities' list.

It’s frustrating when you are applying for internships and jobs and you are getting little to no response. My full-time job for a few months was “full-time job seeker,' so I know what it’s like. It’s time to get strategic.

Okay geez so what should I do?

Pretend like this employer is someone you’re really interested in dating. Like, James Franco or Natalie Portman interested.  Your first point of contact is a cover letter or personal message and a resume:

  • You want to let them to know (in a non-creepy way) that you are compatible and will do whatever you can to make it work. Don’t lie though! We will find out.
  • Don’t use the same pick up line on every single employer. They like feeling like they’re the only special someone in your life. They probably aren’t, but do some research and make them feel that way anyway.
  • Go on a date with a short, brown haired girl and then say I love me some tall blondes. Yeah, let me know how it goes. It’s the same with employers. The goal is to get them to respond positively to you.

Moral of the story: Quality > Quantity. You are wasting your energy (and that of whoever you’re sending your resume to) if you are sending the exact same thing every single time to whoever comes along. Give yourself some credit, friend. You’re awesome! You want an internship! Just remember: it’s about them,not you. At least for now.

Keepin’ it sunny …  -Synthia