Professional Profile: Express yourself!
The professional profile is your chance to showcase why you're the perfect fit for the job role you're applying for. As an intern, this is your chance to express yourself and your professional value, conveying what specific skills and qualities make you a qualified, exceptional candidate. While the professional profile section is only 3-5 sentences, it enables potential employers to understand your expertise and the value you can bring to the organisation. Looking for some inspiration? Take a look at the example we've provided below:
Diligent, driven and dedicated intern seeking employment in the media and arts industry. Young professional with a strong work-ethic committed to using the power of creative expression to make a positive impact in the world. Excellent customer service, time management and leadership skills. Open to new learning experiences and focused on providing exceptional value to clients and companies.
Employment History: Standout and shine
The employment history section is a track record of your previous employment experiences listed in reverse chronological order, starting from the most recent to least recent. When completing this section, it's important to prioritise more relevant and more recent job positions. Older positions that may not hold as much relevance and should be excluded unless they still hold value in showcasing your skills or expertise.
Make sure to include important details such as the name of the employer or client for each position, along with the dates you were employed and the cities you were based in during your time of employment. Additionally, you should emphasise the accomplishments and responsibilities associated with each job position. Providing specific examples of your achievements, projects you completed, or skills you developed during each role can elevate the impact of your employment history section.
Check out our example here:
Tour Guide at Sligo County Museum, Sligo
October 2022 - Present
- Prepared the museum for visitors, ensuring spaces were kept clean, tidy safe and ensuring hygiene protocols were followed at all times
- Guided visitors around the Sligo Museum, answering questions and educating visitors on exhibits and artifacts
- Handed out brochures, booklets and other resources to help support the Sligo Museum learning experience
- Processed cash and card payments for souvenirs and gifts in the item shop
Shop Assistant at The Little Sligo Shop, Sligo
January 2022 - October 2022
- Assisted customers with questions, concerns and complaints, helping find items and making recommendations where necessary
- Ensured timely replacement of out-of-stock items by stocking shelves and maintaining accurate inventory records
- Packed items for customers and processed payments
- Ensured store was kept clean, tidy and compliant with health and safety procedures
Education: Engage employers with your academic achievements
When applying for an internship, your CV is your superpower! It’s important to highlight your academic experience to make a strong impression on potential employers. A great way to do this is by showcasing your academic qualifications–you can begin by including your educational background, such as your degree program, university name, and expected graduation date. If you don’t have any higher education qualifications, that’s OK: focus on providing details for your highest level of education, e.g. Leaving Certificate, and details about the institution.
You can also list any academic awards, scholarships, or honors you have received to provide further credibility to your academic background. Additionally, you can also consider including any relevant extracurricular activities, such as student organisations, clubs, or volunteer work related to your industry.
When you’re done, your education section should look a little like this:
Leaving Certificate at Sligo Grammar School, Sligo
September 2016 — June 2022
CV Skills: Show off your unique abilities
The skills section of your CV provides employers with a clear understanding of your abilities and how they align with the requirements of the industry (or position) you're applying for. A good skills section requires a good understanding of what employers are looking for, so it's also important to read the job description thoroughly to get a good idea of which skills to include in your skills section.
When highlighting these skills on your CV, focus on providing concrete examples or achievements that showcase your proficiency. For example, if you're applying for an internship role at a media company, you could focus on technical skills such as proficiency with media software and communication skills. If you’re fluent in more than one language, you could also include details of your language competencies in this section, too! Overall, the most important thing to remember is that the skills section should be tailored to each internship or job application you're applying for, emphasising the skills most relevant to the position. A well-crafted skills section that aligns with employer expectations can greatly improve your chances of securing an internship or job opportunity in your desired industry.
- Leadership Skills
- Time Management
- Customer Service
- Communication Skills