Writing your CV – pre and post internship


Your CV is a crucial document for entering and staying in the jobs market.  You will revise it so many times during your career, but get it started in the right way, and it will do all the work for you.

The process of applying for an internship is not dissimilar to applying for a permanent position, we ask you to provide your CV and a covering letter to make the applications – and once we’ve contacted various employers, you will get an interview (by phone of course, we don’t expect you to fly out to Australia at short notice!).  That is why it’s crucial to get your CV right.  There are hundreds of articles on the internet about writing CVs, so rather than reiterate everything they have to say, here are some links to posts that we think are most useful.

  • The National Careers Service website provides plenty of information about writing your CV, including what to put in each section.
  • The Open University has a useful section on CV writing, with some examples of different types of CVs – you may find that if you don’t have any previous work experience, their “skills-based” CV will be better for you.
  • And finally, this article on the Huffington Post website we thought was quite good as it is written from the point of view of someone applying specifically for internships.

Post Internship

During your internship you will be asked to complete a monthly training journal, however you may find it beneficial to keep a more regular diary about everything you learn while on your placement.  Going back through your diary you should be able to pick up on essential skills that you have learnt or improved through your internship – as well as the industry training that you will receive.  That might be presentation skills or team working…  All of those things are also important to your future employers, and you may be asked to give examples of when you have used those skills within future interviews.

It is also important to remember, that you should try and cover any gaps in your CV, be honest about what you have been doing, but make sure you pick out the positive aspects.  Travel is a valuable experience, so if you spent 3 months travelling up the East coast of Australia after your internship, then include it on your CV somewhere (this is  the type of thing that an “Other Skills and Experiences” section is useful for!).  Pick out any new skills that you may have learnt while travelling, and also mention any casual or volunteer work that you may have done – it all counts!

We hope this advice helps, although the best way to learn what works best on your CV is to start sending it out to potential employers.

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