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Hello lovelies! I hope you all are doing well! When it comes to finding your career path, internships are a great way to get an insight many companies and different industries. Yet the application process can be quite challenging if not frustrating. We've all been there - sometimes you send out hundreds of applications and receive tons of denials or no response at all. Over the years I had my fair share of application processes and even though I've gotten quite lucky sometimes, I am still just as nervous. But I feel like somehow I've found a way where I can comfortably take part in another applications process without panicking. So I resumed my experience and came up with a few tips on how to find the right internship and I thought this week I would cover everything pre-job interview and in the second part I'm going to give you my tips on how to survive job interviews. Here goes: 

Do Your Research
This one seems kind of obvious but it's definitely essential when you are trying to find a suitable internship. Many companies (mostly bigger ones) present a detailed 'about us' page in their website. Reading this can give you a brief insight and first impression of what you're dealing with but don't stop there, try to read as much as possible. Look for job reviews from former employees or interns, news articles, social media pages, etc. This does not only help you instantly when deciding or writing you application but also later on in the process. 

Be Different - Be Special
Again quite obvious, yet essential especially when it comes to your application letter. Telling them what you have done before and what you want to do in the future is important but whats' even more important is to show them you are different. Most companies receive hundreds of applications a day so it's your job to make yourself seem interesting and different. The more you write about yourself the better - BUT don't overdo it. Make them believe you are open, friendly, hard-working and willing to learn but don't throw yourself at them. When it comes to this topic - balance is key. You don't want to sound desperate but you want them to believe that ignoring you application would be their loss, that you would bring something to the company they don't already have. Doing that in a written form is challenging but doable. 

Be Prepared
This goes for school reports, references from former teachers and/or employers, letters of recommendation and reports from any additional education you might have. For example, I did all the Cambridge exams during middle school and an additional business english exam during my A-Levels and I always keep pdf copies of my certificates on my laptop. When you send out your application letter you want to make sure you are prepared. If they happen to ask for something you don't want to take ages to send it out. *Edit: make sure you use the international template when writing your CV. It's easy and companies in every country will understand what you are talking about. 

Enthusiasm Is Key
This goes hand in hand with your application letter and always looks good. If you can't find any other email address than info@... call them and ask if you could speak to someone from human resources. I know this sounds intimidating but that way you've already had contact with someone inside the company and they already know your name which means they are more likely to actually read your application. Another key phrase is something like 'I would very much welcome the opportunity to visit your company for a job interview'. You always want to ad that little sentence to the end of your application letter even if it's for an internship abroad. They most likely won't ask you to get in a plane and travel to their country for a thirty minute job interview but they like to know that they could. Also (if it's possible) you might want to think about printing your application and hand it in personally. 

Be Persistent
Again, balance is key when it comes to persistence but it can help you get the job in the long run. Many companies don't reply to application letters for weeks, sometimes they forget about it so it doesn't hurt to follow up once in a while. Now I don't mean spamming them with emails or stalking them but calling or writing a polite email to ask if they have any news regarding the application process is totally okay. For example, when I applied for my last internship I didn't hear anything for weeks so while I was visiting my best friend in Munich I went to their office and asked if I could talk to someone or leave a message for the person in charge. Two hours later I received an email asking for a job interview.

There we go these are all my tips regarding the application process. I hope you liked this post and it was helpful to some of you. And even if you are not looking for an internship, I'm sure these tips work just as good when looking for a job in general. I am now going to send out some more applications for an internship this fall, wish me luck! Have a great easter weekend! xo, Marie


6 comments

  1. Great tips! I need to work on the persistence, a few declines can knock you off the ball but we have to keep trying if we really want it I guess :)

    Mona / www.thevirtuousvixen.com

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    1. Thank you! :) Definitely, but always try to remember everything happens for a reason, if you don't get this particular job it may be because something way better is waiting just around the corner! xx

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  2. This is such an informative, well-written post! I've literally just finished uni and am trying to find a job so it was especially relevant for me. You're so right though - you definitely have to strike a balance between showcasing your abilities whilst remaining approachable through your application. I do like your idea about ringing them up too - the personal touch always goes a long way! I also like to use LinkedIn to do my research. Love the photo too - very original and cute!

    Sinéad xo ♥ fabuleuse, toujours ♥

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    1. Thank you so much! Glad I could help! It does - I don't know what it is but ringing them up and showing enthusiasm and interest makes a huge difference, most companies seem to love it.
      I don't have a LinkedIn profile yet but if it's that helpful I'm definitely going to give it a go! :) xx

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  3. Your tips are really good hun! I've never really thought about storing all my certs in PDF online, or having an international CV template, thank you so much! Time to up my prep for the future - be it jobs or internships!
    Also, I think as much as we need to stand out and be different, we should also be real. Employers can sense ingenuity, so thats always something to take note about :)

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

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    1. Thank you so much, glad you like it! I know, I didn't either until a few people asked me for extra referents and certs and I realized it took me about a week to get them! The good thing about the CV is you do it once (it might be al little of work) but then you can save it and just update it as you go!
      That's so true and definitely something to keep in mind :) xx, Marie

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