Creating the perfect profile
This guest blog is by Paige Haydock, who is a student working with the Summer of Biz/Summer of Tech team to review profiles. She just reviewed her 1000th profile, so she knows a fair bit about what it takes to make the perfect Summer of Biz student profile.
Want your dream internship, but aren’t sure how to catch your potential employers eye? An effective Summer of Biz profile and CV is a great start! Producing an internship worthy profile may seem a little daunting, but the following tips will assist you.
There are a few important things you can do to make sure your student profile is approved and made live for employers to see as soon as possible:
One of the most common reasons for rejected profiles is unspecific blurbs. To ensure you aren’t one of these rejected profiles, I recommend:
- A one sentence summary about yourself and the role you want. Keep it relevant!
- It is very important to be specific about the role you want.
- Try grab the employers’ attention – if your blurb is relevant to their available position, they will check out your profile.
- Do not include personal details such as name or age.
- Lastly, don’t be afraid to state your dream role – be bold!
A common mistake is not completing step two in the skills tab.
You need to make it clear if you have gained or used skills during paid work experience, or if you gained your skills during an assessment or in a tutorial.
Employers search candidates by skills, so select as many as possible. The more you select, the more likely you are to be seen!
Ambitions, Experience and Role-fit:
These sections are very important – they are like your cover letter. The following tips will help you construct effective answers:
- Don’t be vague! Give examples of where you have used relevant skills and gained experience.
- Each section should be one paragraph each.
- You should focus on your future career goals related to HR or Marketing.
- I recommend telling a story about yourself and your skills. For example, why do you like what you are studying? What do you want to do next? Where have you used your skills?
Mastering your CV is a great tool to success! An important thing to remember when constructing your CV is that the small details matter. Your CV should have the following structure:
- Personal statement: 2-3 sentences about who you are, what you do, and what your goals are. What is the purpose of this CV? Tip: Do not repeat any details already in your cover letter.
- Skills: Just like in an essay, evidence is required to make a strong CV. For your skills to be reliable, you must give examples of where you gained or used them. Statements with no evidence may be disregarded by employers. Also, ensure skills are relevant to the role you’re pursuing!
- Work experience: List your work experience in order, starting with your most recent role, going backwards in date order. State job title, company name and list tasks completed or things you achieved in that role.
- Projects: Describe any relevant projects completed, with emphasis on your role and what you achieved.
- Education: No grades or classes! Your academic record is already attached. Your qualification, institution and dates attended are adequate.
- References: Preferably 2 – 3 people you have worked under. State their name, who they are to you and their phone number.
This is just a guideline, and you don’t have to follow it completely – it’s your profile! Be creative and don’t forget to proofread, as something as small as a spelling mistake could put employers off. Remember that personal details such as age, gender and religion are not requirements of a role, so there’s no need to state them. Your skills and passion for the role are more important. Good luck in your endeavours!
Paige is co-presenting a Bootcamp on August 9th – make sure to sign up through your Summer of Biz student profile!