Applying for PR Jobs and Internships out of College

6 04 2009

coverletter

Recently I have been applying to a lot of internships. I came across a post from CareeRealism about what not to do when writing cover letters and resumes and think that it is very helpful.

Cover letters and resumes are the most important thing when applying for jobs or internships. They help you get your foot in the door. If you don’t have a well written cover letter or resume, you may not even have the chance to meet the internship coordinator or job seeker in person. CareeRealism discuses 3 don’ts when it comes to cover letters and resumes.

  1. Don’t send out cover letters or resumes with typos or formatting errors. Have someone else proofread for you.
  2. Don’t be self-absorbed or pretentious in your cover letter. The cover letter should be about the company. Show how your experience relates to them.
  3. Don’t use a multi-page resume right out of college. You just don’t have that much experience. Keep it short and simple and only put the relevant experiences on it.

I think these tips are very useful and will help when applying for jobs and internships. Remember that your cover letter and resume are your foot in the door. They are the first step.

From my personal experience with resumes and cover letters and speaking with PR professionals I have added a few Do’s to CareeRealism’s list of Don’ts.

  1. Make your resume scanable. Use headings to divide your resume into sections. Companies will get thousands of resumes for job and internship postings. Most likely they will only spend a few seconds reading your resume. Therefore, make sure it is easy to read.
  2. Don’t use fancy fonts or formats when writing cover letters and resumes. Make them as easy to read as possible. The more professional they look the better.
  3. Before writing your cover letter, research the company you are applying to. In your letter comment on their clients or perhaps a campaign they worked on and comment on this. As CareeRealism stated relate yourself to THEM.
  4. If you are submitting a paper copy of your resume or cover letter, print it on a quality paper. Some people recommend an off-white paper, but as long as its a resume paper you should be fine.

I hope these hints help you when applying for jobs and internships. Good luck!

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7 responses

7 04 2009
esande

Good post Alyssa, I too have been going on lots of interviews and applying to internships and these tips are great! In interviews I have found that a great tip too is to bring multiple copies of your resume and writing samples if you have them because many times the person you have sent your resume etc. to is not the only one interviewing you. Thanks for the tips and the great link!

7 04 2009
caramitchell

Thanks for posting this Alyssa, it’s an on-time post! I’ve been online seeking out the best advice a/b cover letters and resumes too (trying to make sure everything is in line for me to get an internship for the summer). And, thanks Erin for that extra tip!
I’m trying my best to make sure my cover letter matches up with these new tips that I’m learning 🙂

15 04 2009
amaute

@caramitchell I’m so glad it could help you. If you have any more tips to add, feel free to comment!

7 04 2009
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15 04 2009
sweetser

More great hints came from resume expert Amybeth Hale in her skype lecture to my PR Writing class a few weeks ago – check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMQWHR1AkPA .

(BTW Alyssa, drop me an e-mail – lots to talk about!)

15 04 2009
amaute

Thanks so much for the video post! I will share it with my PR classmates. I will be contacting you via email and twitter to chat more!

15 04 2009
amaute

Thanks Erin for you extra tip. That is so true. Always be on your toes when it comes to interviews.

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