Unlike full-time jobs, internships in India aren’t influenced much by your previous work experience. As a student, your skill set and innate qualities are what matters the most for grabbing internship opportunities. But just having great skills isn’t enough. Your intern resume needs to be setup properly to present those skills and qualities in front of the employers.
And one of these most sought-after qualities are team skills. A validation that you’re a team player is essential and needed – it’s the very basis of almost all the work of an intern. So, how do you tell the company/organisation that you are a team player?
Showing team player talents on your intern resume:
Just mentioning it as one of your qualities seems to forced to do the needful. Instead, try including it in an innovative way like this:
1. Group Projects in College:
The most reliable way of saying something in your resume is experience. In this case, give examples of events in your academic life where you were a part of group projects and presentations. You should be selective of these events if there are too many including minor class presentations.
Try mentioning projects that concluded with a positive outcome or bagged you an award or appreciation as a team. Paper writing or other published works collectively submitted can also be a part of your resume.
2. Society Participation:
The time you spent on your college society activities wasn’t for nothing. In your intern-resume you can innovatively put in the experience of being an active member of these societies. Being a part of the NCC or other social work based societies in your college is a cherry on the cake.
So, if you had actively pursued any of this or participated in events arranged by these societies, it should definitely make it to your resume as most of the work in these societies is an outcome of voluntary team work.
3. Explain your role:
Just being a part of the team is not enough. We all know there are always some passive members in teams who just sit and watch. Explain your role in a team wherever you mention a team along with its goal and how you contributing in achieving it.
A brief explanation will do in a resume but you should be prepared to further explain it in your interview. What you mention in your resume makes base for what all you are asked in an interview.
Therefore, false information about your role isn’t actually a way out, as it might seem to be.
The importance of keywords in your resume is emphasized time and again. And one of the most important tasks it does is that of highlighting your positive points. To underline your personality as a team player, use keywords that are synonymous to team work.
You can use words like worked, partnered, communicated, collaborated, etc. to emphasize on the nature of job done collectively as a team or group.
5. Cover Letter:
A resume needs to be short and crisp. And mentioning team work traits in every other line might seem to be suspicious. So, there’s always limited scope and you should manage it properly. However, if you are asked for a cover letter, you can make the most of it.
There are many ways of using your cover letter to say that you are a team player. Acknowledge others in your letter as it shows you aren’t hungry for all the credit of the work done. It’s just opposite of what a team player is. Cite instances where your conflict management and communication skills helped your team achieve something worthy.
The key is in not over-doing it. Keep a count of what you are saying so it doesn’t seem to be suspicious or forced. Be selective and choosy with words and you are all good to go!
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