Keen on pumping up your intern resume for a set of winter internships? Or getting ready for the wild, wild, world of jobs six months down the line? Then, sit up and take notes as we share the ultimate list of intern-worthy skills that all employers want in their employees.
This blog is a checklist of 8 specific intern-worthy skills that should make it to your intern resume and your personality, if you want a fighting chance for a career and company of your choice.
Closely roped into employability skills that most companies look for among freshers, our list of intern-worthy skills are consistent across different roles, locations and career paths. While we are already looking into each of these intern skills in detail on the blog, this serves as a consolidated checklist for all of them.
Here is the checklist for your intern resume:
1. Communication Skills
A very basic tenet for any field of work, any place which requires interaction with people or even showcasing your own ideas, thoughts and tasks – a strong grasp on communication is definitely going to take you places.
And remember – in most of your interactions, English would be the language for communication – so you need a strong proficiency in the language, alongside communication practices (what to say, what not to say).
For more, read our treatise on 20 ways to improve your communication skills. Stay tuned to a clear-cut outline on how to showcase them on your intern resume.
2. Team Player Skills (Collaboration and Interpersonal skills)
Most JDs cite the need for freshers who can be team players or work within a multi-disciplinary team. And the message is clear – if you can effectively collaborate, showcase people skills and work smoothly within and across teams and departments, you can easily get in.
Broken further, being a teamplayer requires active collaboration and strong interpersonal skills. And these are traits that are often found with people who are successful, both professionally and personally.
3. Problem-solving skills:
Everyone who gets hired by a company, from full-timers to interns, is roped in to address a problem, to fill in a need. And even if companies do not explicitly ask for your problem-solving skills, you’re expected to display them, right from the first interview.
Problem-solving skills are a compilation of your analytical and critical thinking skills, edged with positivism and the ability to bring solutions on the table, with your own steam.
Like your abilities to be a team player, it is a skill to show at the interview and the job. However, we have the solution on how you can show it on your intern resume.
4. Initiative and Enterprise skills:
Initiative and Enterprise Skills are the core of a superhero intern – being proactive at work and the one way to ensure that you can smoothly convert any internship into a job – or at least a great letter of recommendation.
Taking initiative, being proactive is when you cease to be a worker and become a participant. Instead of reacting to orders, you choose to act. You DO THINGS WITHOUT BEING TOLD – reaching out for queries, searching for opportunities and taking advantage of them.
Showcasing initiative and enterprise skills is actually, an easy shoe-in on your intern resume and a discussion which we would take up shortly.
5. Self-management (prioritisation, time management and focus)
Self-management is a trait that most of us need to develop – sooner or later. It involves prioritisation, time management and focus, adaptability to changing situations and a core work-life balance. It is also closely tied into your core way of thinking and conduct – covering your interpersonal skills, communication, goal-settings, taking initiative, problem-solving, flexibility and even core work ethics (things you will be asked for later).
Talk about a lot! And if you’re able to convince (with your intern resume, your interview round and your conduct at the workplace), which will help you nab the winter internship, or convert it into a job.
6. Self-Learning skills:
Think you’ve closed your kitty for an education at college? You’re wrong. An education is a lifelong process and you need to build it into yourself from now, to ensure that you maintain your self-learning skills through your arc.
While some of us have a grasp on self-learning skills that’s oh so natural, it’s a skill and habit that can be easily developed. Core organisational skills (self-management), a readiness to grasp at self-development opportunities, adaptability to changes, strategic learning and constant evaluation and revaluation of one’s current levels are the steps to build this trait.
Remember! Learning does not need to be limited to your college life and you can upgrade it as and when required. In fact, here are We will soon explore how you can showcase this trait on your intern resume.
7. Technology skills
No one exists in a vacuum and the absence of technology skills in today’s time IS worse than a vacuum. Even the nineties children grew up with basic access to technology and using the computer and so, just this, is not enough.
Closely linked to self-learning skills, your technology skills should be in place in terms of basic office proficiency and productivity software. Here is a list from ‘The Journal’, which is applicable for your intern resume:
- Word Processing Skills and PDAs
- Spreadsheets Skills
- Database Skills
- Electronic Presentation Skills
- Web Navigation Skills
- Web Site Design Skills
- E-Mail Management Skills
- Digital Cameras
- Computer Network Knowledge
- File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
- Safe Downloads of Software, eBooks From the Web
- Videoconferencing skills
- Computer-Related Storage Devices, basic installation and scanning abilities
- Deep Web Knowledge
- Computer Security Knowledge
You can also continue an upgrade of your IT/ technical skills in office.
8. Research and Analysis skills
Most of the times, an intern is hired to do the back-up, research and formative work for a team, alongside basic operations and admin. That, in itself, tells us how important it is to possess research and analytical skills before you join – in fact, right on your intern resume.
Presenting research and analytical skills on your intern resume, often turns into a list of research techniques that you are strong on, like an accumulation of information, critical thinking, reviewing information, documenting and reporting results.
Now that you have a basic idea on the must-have skills for every prospective intern, we hope you’re able to apply this to your intern resume and able to apply smartly to the current season of winter internships.