As an applicant on 247 Interns, the first thing you need to know is that your profile is your resume, and you will like to capture your potential employer at first sight. So here are a few tips on how to secure a job faster on 247 Interns.
- Profile picture
We are in the social media age where we tend to apply filters to our pictures and take fun pictures. This type of pictures is a big NO-NO to be used as profile picture on platforms like this as it sells you short, you know the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. When uploading a picture, try looking neat, decent and confident; a little smile is permitted. Dress corporate or semi-corporate and you are good to go.
- Fill the form appropriately
Make sure you are sincere with what you are filling in your profile, also make sure your spellings are correct when typing the name of your school or course as this will aid in displaying your profile among results when an employer is searching using those criteria.
- About me section
This section is very critical and determines whether an employer will contact you or skip your profile, unfortunately, this section is where many applicants try to shy away from and give up on completing their profile. Come to think of it, how hard can it be to sell yourself? Let me share a sample with you and you can use that as a guide to compose yours.
“I am a dedicated person. I enjoy reading, and the knowledge and perspective that my reading gives me has strengthened my skills and presentation abilities. I am a first class student/graduate, and I attribute this success to my ability to plan, schedule, and handle many different tasks at once. This flexibility will help me in the workplace, where there are many different personalities and learning styles.”
Psssst! Let me share a little secret with you, employers are also reading this post, so don’t just copy and paste. Note, without filling this section, your profile will not be published.
- Video CV
At times employers want to see how charismatic you are, so the video link is your opportunity to sell yourself in 60 seconds. You don’t need a professional cinematographer to help you get this done, all you need is your phone, a quiet and peaceful environment to record yourself (you can get the help of a friend or use selfie mode), upload the video on your youtube page (if you have a gmail account, you automatically have a youtube account), copy the video link and paste it in the video link section of your profile.
This is optional; however, it places you ahead of other candidates competing for that internship spot. Make sure your video is short (60 seconds max) and precise, try not to bore your employers.
Some employers love to read from papers than reading on a screen, so if you do have a CV, you can upload it in your profile. This is optional but it is a plus too.
- Education, work experience and skills
These 3 sections are also important, add any form of education you have ever had in the past and also past working experience. Your skills set is another selling point, do not take the skill section with levity and rate yourself accordingly.
- Premium membership
With premium membership on 247 Interns, your profile gets priority listing and you will have access to apply to any vacancy you find. You don’t have to wait on an employer to find you, you can take the initiative to apply and they will get your resume automatically. This only costs ₦1,000 per month, with this subscription, you can apply for as many jobs as possible within the 30 days period. However, the decisions on your application is solely on the employer and to have a higher chance of being employed, build a good resume with the first 6 tips you read.
Filling forms can be tedious at times but if it will get you a job, you better be excited about it. 247 Interns form will only take you a maximum of 10 minutes to fill. I hope with these tips, you will find it easy to complete your profile. Good luck!!!