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Internships.com Answers: Why do I have to fill out a profile to apply for jobs?

March 3, 2011

resumeupload 287x300 Internships.com Answers: Why do I have to fill out a profile to apply for jobs?

Did you know you can upload your existing resume for us to convert into a profile?

We certainly understand where you’re coming from, but making users complete a profile is actually a critical reason that Internships.com is able to bring you so many employers, internships and extra features that other sites just don’t have. Here are a few reasons why:

1. The profile is what lets employers search for you.

The first step to creating a great internship marketplace is attracting the best employers. Without them, you’d have nothing to apply to! We decided that we could draw in tons of employers if we created a place where they could — if they chose — search for the most qualified candidates themselves. To do that, we needed everybody’s resumes to be in a standard format.

When you create an Internships.com profile, you’re letting employers shine a spotlight on your talents and experience.

2. The profile makes your goals and experiences more clear to employers.

Statistics say that employers only read each resume for an average of 30 seconds. So all the accomplishments and talents and beautiful prose in the world might not get you hired if the interviewer is confused by the structure of your resume. We give our users flexibility to write what they want, but everyone gets the same basic outline. That helps readers comprehend the resume, so you can feel confident that you’re being judged solely on merit.

3. The profile converts easily between different mediums.

When you apply for an internship, we automatically send your profile to them in a message that can be downloaded by any device that can display basic Internet pages. But it also can be printed, e-mailed or saved instantly as a PDF document. And better yet, it’s optimized to look great on every platform, so you know you’re getting your sharpest message across every time.

Don’t forget, you can save yourself lots of time by using our Resume Uploader to pull information from your existing resume and fill it into your Internships.com profile.

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