Make Your Application Stand Out
Agri LIDA welcomes applications from English speaking students, who have not yet graduated.
In today’s competitive job market, it’s more important than ever to make your internship application stand out to hiring managers and potential employers.
So, let’s dive in and explore some ways to make your application stand out!
Read (and Re-read) job skills & requirements carefully
We can’t stress this enough! By doing this, you increase chances to be invited for a interview, because you are only applying for the internship you are qualified while saving everyone’s time
- Read through the internship program in full! The more you know about the opportunity you are applying to, the better prepared you will be to apply and create strong application materials including cover letters or personal statements. Prepare your application materials specifically for that role and avoid being too general.
Tailor your CV to the internship requirements
- Businesses aren’t looking for someone who simply wants a internship. For this reason, your CV should be adapted to fit the role. They’re looking for someone who wants to work for them.
- Don’t use the same application letter for all the internships you apply for. Your application letter should be written specifically for each internship you’re applying for.
Make sure you have a complete CV
- If your CV is missing important information like how long you were working at an X company, your role, or involved projects, the recruiter may not have a real understanding of your profile and how good fit you are for the position applied. An uncompleted CV limits the recruiter to know you better and, as a result, disqualify you upfront.
- Don’t wait until the last minute to complete your application. agri LIDA receives hundreds of applications every year, and it is easy to tell who spent time on their application and who rushed to complete it in the last hour. Starting early also leaves time to have friends, family, and mentors review your materials and provide feedback.
Show You’re Eager to Learn
- Because internships are for entry-level professionals, hiring managers aren’t looking for people with years of experience. Instead, you can stand out by showing your growth potential. What skills do you want to learn, and what experience do you want to gain? Show that you’re ready to take on new challenges should they hire you.
- Employers may need interns who are poised, professional, and competent, but they’re also looking to cultivate new talent. As an applicant, you certainly need to showcase your professional potential, but you also need to demonstrate your capacity to grow and develop. This means that in addition to highlighting your skills and abilities, you should try to communicate your interest in learning, your eagerness to explore new opportunities, and your desire to ignite a passion for the field you’re exploring.
- Follow application instructions carefully. Employers look for students who have strong attention to detail and follow instructions closely, and your application is a perfect opportunity to make a good first impression
Use a professional profile picture
- If you are about to send your profile picture along with your CV, be sure it’s professional. Snapchat and party pictures may be useful to share with your friends but may not be so with a professional company.
Common supporting documents
Resume or CV:
- Also known as a resume, your CV is a summary of your work experience, qualifications, skills, and contact details. It serves as your first impression on recruiters, so make sure it’s well-crafted and up-to-date.
- A cover letter allows you to highlight your skills and experiences in more detail. It’s an opportunity to explain why YOU are the perfect candidate for the internship and how your experience aligns with the position.
Letter of Recommendation
- A letter of recommendation can be particularly beneficial for graduates, individuals with limited experience, or volunteers. It serves as a testimonial from a previous employer or lecturer, endorsing your suitability for the job.
Official academic transcript
- A transcript is a list of all the courses you have taken, either individually or as part of a programme of study, with the results (grades) you obtained. Sometimes the credit value of each course is included.
- If you are currently studying, your university’s registrar’s office will be able to produce a transcript of the courses you have taken so far. If you have completed your studies, the transcript may also show your final award (usually as a class or CGPA)
- Official Academic Transcript is the official record of your study printed on university transcript paper. You must submit an official academic transcript with your admission application. Unofficial copy of academic transcript i.e. screenshot taken from student portal, transcript water-marked as ‘student copy’ etc. are not official and won’t be accepted.
Name the files appropriately:
- The supporting documents should be submitted as PDF files, with proper names, such as “Justin Wong – References” or “AliceKnightley_Portfolio_Mar2021”. This prevents your documents from slipping through the cracks or falling into the void of the recruiters’ computer.
Keep in Mind
- Please note that eligibility to apply does not guarantee internship in the programme. Although agri LIDA has a number of firms interested in interns there is no guarantee that we can find every student an internship.
- In some cases, we do not process applicant’s internship applications, because agri LIDA has none representatives in the applicant’s home country, who can help and guide you with the application process and help ensure that you have all the in-country support required and to help you make a successful application.
- Any false or misleading information will lead to rejection of your application.
It’s your future, invest in it.
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