Because of the digital age we currently live in, emails have become a primary source of initial contact between job-seekers and their potential employers. Since it’s an indirect form of contact, asking for an internship over email may appear to be worrying for some. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of a few tips and tricks that’ll help you get the internship you’re striving for.
Do your Research
This is perhaps one of the most important points to consider which can drastically increase your chances of getting the placement. Before even thinking of sending an email, research the company at which you would like to work by visiting their website and reading any articles about them. Also, make sure to follow their social media pages and pay attention to any posts they upload as these can help you learn more about the company. Thanks to these insights into the company, you’ll find it easier to craft a well-written and knowledgable email. Also, this task will help you understand whether you actually want to work for the company in question.
Keep it Personal
Your application isn’t the only one that the company’s recruiter is going to read. Therefore, it’s important to personalise your application email. To do this, avoid using common and generic templates that show minimal effort and instead, use the information you’ve gathered through researching the employer and the company. If you always aim to keep the hiring manager interested then you’re guaranteed to be shortlisted.
Boast your Skills
Your email application should highlight your skills and how they can benefit the company you’re applying for. Although you may not have intense experience in the industry, any past school projects, volunteering experiences and/or hobbies may all be used to embellish your application. Transferable skills, such as the use of social media platforms, communication, time management and organisation, can also be included with the help of real-life examples.
- Attach your CV and Portfolio – there’s nothing worse than having to resend an email because you’ve forgotten to include attachments. Before hitting that send button, make sure that any attachments are included.
- Explain what you hope to achieve from the internship placement – don’t be shy to tell your potential employer exactly what you’re looking for in an internship. This will avoid any confusion in the future and ensure that you get the perfect internship placement on the first time around.
- Proofread your email – make sure there are no grammatical errors or typos! Any mistakes could seriously harm your chance of securing the internship.
- Follow-up your request – if you haven’t heard back from the company in a while, don’t be afraid to contact them again. If they haven’t answered in over a week, it’s often a good idea to give them a call and speak to them as communication if more friendly and personal when done over the phone.
The above tips and tricks are sure to add great value to your CV and give you a great chance at landing the internship placement.
If you’re looking for an internship placement on the sunny island of Malta, EU Travellers may be able to help you relocate. There are a variety of internships in many different fields to choose from, so feel free to send us an email using the above pointers and we’ll find the perfect internship for you.