It is internship season and time to start hunting and applying for that dream position. This means sending in personal statements, cover letters and resumes and– oops! Your “Technical Skills” section on your resume is looking pitiful, and it could use some help. Here are some great skills you should learn to not only boost your resume, but to also make yourself competitive for even more positions.
1) Microsoft Office Suite
There is a good chance that you are familiar with Microsoft Word, and an even better chance that you use it weekly (when you are updating your resume for example). While it is great to have skills in Word, knowing the ins and outs of PowerPoint, Access, Publisher and (especially) Excel will show employers that you are capable of using industry-standard software. If you are a student at Meredith, you can download the Microsoft Office Suite for free! Just follow the steps here.
2) Adobe Suite
Speaking of industry-standard software, how could one forget Adobe Suite? Although Adobe is often seen as a useful tool only for Graphic Designers, interns interested in Business, Marketing, Communications, or even Social Work could boost their resumes by showing they have skill in Adobe Suite. Knowing how to design logos, advertisements, posters, and web pages is a skill that can be utilized even once you’ve become a full time employee. Adobe occasionally offers student discounts, so you can download the entire suite for a fraction of the cost. Visit the Adobe site here.
3) HTML & CSS
Along with being able to design web pages, being able to code is also important. As we enter the age of Technology, coding skills are deemed more and more valuable by employers of all disciplines. Website design, which uses HTML and CSS, is especially valuable, as websites are typically the face of any company and often serve as a first-impression to potential clients.
Computer Science majors and minors may have the upper hand in this skill, but anyone can learn HTML and CSS, as it is one of the easier-to-learn scripting languages. Atomic Learning offers courses in HTML and CSS here and CodeAcademy offers similar courses here, so you’ll soon be able to design and create your own websites.
4) Social Media
The ability to effectively use platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn is priceless! Teach yourself how to use these sites to get out information, market, and advertise your company (without being too overbearing). There are statistics you can even Google to determine the best posting times throughout the day to receive the most traffic to your posts. Communication of this form is useful and appreciated when done right.
5) Email Communication
As we all know, in any relationship communication is key. This also goes for your relationship with your future employers and co-workers, and the easiest way to maintain communication is with email. In a professional setting it is imperative that you know how to write a professional email, one that is both informative and concise. The Office of Career Planning can help you if you struggle with writing emails, but for now you should at least set up an email that you will use for professional emails only, and make sure you check it several times a day.
Although you probably don’t want to list “expert email-writer” on your resume (or you won’t be able to, once it’s filled with the rest of these tech skills), it is refreshing for employers to hear from a potential intern who values good communication skills. It may just be the skill that edges you above other applicants and gets you that internship.