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Worried about not having any relevant
work experience to put in your résumé? Here’s how you should go about it.

Writing
an internship résumé can be challenging. For some applicants, it could be their
first time crafting one and they may not have any relevant work experience
under their belt to put into their résumés.

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If
you’re one of them, don’t panic – employers who offer internships are generally
accepting of applications without prior work experiences. We all need to start
somewhere after all!

However,
it doesn’t mean you can just send in a blank document marked as your résumé.
There are a couple of things that you can put into your résumé other than
relevant work experience to show that you are the right candidate for the
internship position.

 

1.   Your
goals and objectives

 

You
can start your résumé with this section by introducing yourself and your
professional goals. Briefly describe what you wish to achieve professionally
and with the organisation you are applying for.

 

Here
is an example of a brief but effective introduction:

“Self-motivated journalism student seeking internship
opportunities in content writing.
Interested in honing creative-writing and critical-thinking skills to
contribute to an organisation’s business objectives while gaining valuable
experience in the media industry.”

 

By
outlining your motivation, employers are able to see if this position or
industry is the right fit for both the applicant and the organisation. It’ll
also demonstrate that you have a strong self-awareness and that you’re
motivated. 

 

2.   Relevant
skills

 

While
you may not have the relevant work experience, you can always talk about the
relevant skills that you have gained throughout your years in university.

 

You
can start by looking thoroughly at the job description of the intern position
you are applying for. Look for keywords or points that indicate the relevant
skills needed for the task, and use them in your favour.

 

Attract
recruiters by stating the relevant skills that you possess. What’s important
here is for you to provide evidence that you have these skills. Make sure to demonstrate
how you’ve gained these skills through real-life experiences. Remember, the key
is to show, not tell!

 

They
do not have to be professional or work experiences, and can include experiences
such as school projects or other extracurricular activities. Such skills can
include team-working skills, communication skills and other transferrable
skills.

 

If
you are applying for a more technical internship role, you may also mention the
notable technical skills you have gained through academic courses and
assignments. 

 

 

3.   Achievements
and successes

You could also dedicate a section in your internship
résumé that lists your achievements. These can include academic awards,
scholarships and other recognitions that are worth mentioning.

If
you have held (or are still holding) a position in a student club or society in
your university, you can include a description of your role and more
importantly, what you have done. If you participated in any events or
activities, you should also include a brief description about your
contribution.

 

Also,
aim to quantify your achievements. For instance, you can mention that in your
role in the sales and marketing committee of the XYZ club in your university, you
have helped increase sales over the last academic year by 30 per cent. Putting
a number on it makes your achievement clearer and more persuasive, allowing
employers to gauge your abilities better.

 

However,
do be warned – integrity and honesty are two values that will take you a long
way in both your personal and professional life. If you decide to fabricate
details about your achievements, the truth will catch up eventually.

 

Some
seasoned recruiters are able to tell from experience whether an applicant is
truthful about what they say, especially during the job interview process. The
last thing you want to do is make a bad name for yourself even before you
really started building your career. 

 

 

4.   Related
projects

 

Think
about the projects and assignments that you have done and can showcase your
career interests (which should align with the internship that you are applying
for). This could be your final year project, or even a blog you’ve started
where you write about issues pertaining to the area of work you are interested
in pursuing.

 

If
you have any noteworthy ones, list them down, and briefly describe them in your
résumé. This section will demonstrate to recruiters your genuine passion and
interest, as well as your knowledge of the industry in question.

 

Should
you proceed to the interview round, be prepared to answer questions regarding the
projects you’ve described. As this section can be a likely source for interview
questions, make sure that the projects you list in your résumé are significant
and relevant to the internship position you are applying for, so that you can
link them back to how the experience makes you a suitable candidate.