Job Search – How to Make an Internship Help Your Career

Many people will include references on their resume. They're usually listed at the bottom of the page, or on a separate sheet included with the resume. While people that do this may think it adds credibility to their job search, it really doesn't. Unless you are looking for a domestic position where references are expected with the initial contact, you should save that information for later in the interview process.

Employers seeking someone to fill a position will almost never contact a listed reference before speaking with the job candidate in person at a job interview. They will only want to verify their opinion that you are a good candidate for the job after the interview.

The usual way to present your references is on a separate sheet of paper at the end of the first interview. Have several copies in case you are interviewed by more than one person. On this sheet you should include your contact information at the top, just like on your resume. Then list three or four references.

You can use this format:

Remember, only three or four, and make sure at least two of them are business references. You can also indicate if any of the references should be contacted at times other than regular business hours. It should go without saying (but I'll say it anyway) that the people you include should be aware that you are including them on your reference sheet.

One additional note: some people will include a line on their resume stating that references are available upon request. Although that line is not necessary, it's won't hurt anything to have it there, so it's really your preference.

So, take the references off of your resume and put them where they belong; on your Reference Sheet. It's a much more professional presentation.

Taking up an internship can actually prove to be a stepping stone in your career. You can really jump start your career by accepting an internship at a reputed company. If the company likes your work, they may even hire you. Most interns don’t get paid much so if you are taking an internship you should consider whether or not you will need to supplement your income.
When interning, there are some things you must do-
1) Be humble and accept all the work that is given to you. Nobody likes a finicky intern. If you are nice to everyone, when the time comes to make you permanent, people will stand up for you.
2) Treat this as a learning experience. Listen to what people are saying and pay lots of attention to what is going on around you. Meet new people, create a contact base and let people know how smart you are by engaging in interesting conversation.
3) Be professional at all times. You may not be treated with much respect at first but when people see your professional manner they will learn to take you seriously sooner or later.
4) When interning, you will get a taste of the various facets of your field. Make your decision then as to what you would like to do in the future depending on what processes of the company you gel with the most.
If you prove yourself as an intern, the internship may even culminate into a full time job. The more people you meet and the more you learn, you will have a better idea about what to do and what not to do. Shine out in your internship and you may have a chance to stay on. If not, you can always utilize the contacts that you have made to get you further in life.