(Important Note: Before I dive in to reveal the best internship ad tips to finding your dream SIWES IT placement, I recommend you check out my advice on finding your next internship before you continue reading).
Let’s dive into this now:
An industrial training (IT) placement provides you and those seeking to switch careers with the needed pre-professional work experience in a particular industry.
It’s one of the requirements in colleges and universities for graduation. For a student, your industrial training programe could also earn you credit units.
If you are a recent graduate or considering a career change, an internship placementgives you the opportunity to try a new job types without necessarily making a permanent commitment to the firm you’re interning with.
An internship is a way to wet your foot in different career fields, to gain “real-life” experience, and a way to decide on – or opt out – of a certain career path.
4. Search for Industrial Training Jobs Online with the Right keywords
I’ve noticed most students type in the following keywords in Google when searching for internship ad online.
industrial training placement
From my research, I’ve discovered that more than 80% recruiters includes the word “Internship” in their Internship job ad.
How will you get your dream internship if you’re not searching with the right keyword?
keyword research helps you discover what keywords recruiters are using to advertise internship job positions.
Including the keyword search component of the major online jobs listings and searching for “intern” or “internship” or “undergraduate internship” is a way to discover hidden internship job opportunities.
Speak with your lecturers, family, SIWES coordinators, mentors, alumni, friends, parents of friends – anyone and everyone you can think of – and ask them for industrial training jobs opportunities in your career fields of interest.
If your friends and acquaintances know you are looking for an internship they will be likely to let you know when they hear about one.
Also, attend industry events in your area of study. In most major cities (like Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt) there are interest groups, clubs, professional associations and large conferences related to specific industries.
Identify these groups and events and try to participate. You can attend SPE conferences and workshop and have access to hundreds of presenting companies, for free. High chances these companies have vacancies for students to do internships.
You will be able to find employer’s contact via their website and through LinkedIn. After submitting your application (either online or via email) you should also make inquisitive phone calls to the companies to make sure your resume ends up on the right person’s (HR’s) desk.
Utilize various alternative methods to arrange non-interview meetings with targeted decision-makers. If you don’t direct your effort to the right person then you will be wasting your time.
9. Follow through and follow up on each employer contact.
10. Write a Resume and Cover Letter That Showcase Your Skills.
At your student level, employers don’t expect you to have a lot of work experience. Hey, that is what an internship is for anyway. But, you should use your resume to highlight your talents, skills and extracurricular activities and sports.
Show employers what you have accomplished, whether it was in another job or through sports or school activities. Be ready to tailor your resume for each internship to which you are applying.
For example, If you are want to work as a programmer highlight your computer skills. Emphasize skills you have that will help the bottom line of the company and articulate how you will be a producer. Show that you are a self-starter who is willing to work hard and learn on the job.
This sounds obvious right? but poor grammar or incorrect spelling in your application letter will instantly put your application at the bottom of the pile, if not directly in the trash. You should have at least two qualified people review your application.
Don’t risk being rejected because of something as simple and obvious grammar mistakes.
12. Get Reference (IT Letters) from your School Ready.
A reference letter from your school can help you get an advantage over other candidates for similar jobs. Most schools or SIWES coordinators are used to writing references and will be willing to help.
You should obtain references as soon as possible and prepare them for distribution to potential employers. Employers will be impressed that you have references at all, and even more impressed that you have them ready for them to read upon request.
13. Be Clear About Your Availability.
Your location is one of the very first things an employer will look at when considering you for an internship.
If it isn’t obvious that your location matches the location of the internship the employer may not consider you for the position. If you are applying for an internship outside of the area in which you are attending school and/or reside, you must let the employer know that you will be relocating to their area for the internship period.
Your cover letter should be very clear in expressing this. Also, unless you are a stellar candidate with special skills you should not expect a company to pay to relocate you for an internship.
14. Repeat the process to acquire multiple job offers so you can select your next job rather than settle for it.
Remember: You don’t have to be perfect in your studies or be a brilliant person. What is most important is how you deal with the challenges of getting your industrial training placement. Your attitude matters the most.
Always be pro-active, willing to learn and willing to fail as well. Employers are looking for people who have people skills – communication skills, emotional intelligences rather than just brainy.
Learn from mistakes and don’t give up. Learn from giving and not only receiving
Learn to be the best you can be and succeed your future career.
Wishing you all the best in finding the best job during your internship.