When you work in People Operations (known as Human Resources in most organizations), the golden question you are always asked is, “What do you look for in an applicant?” Well, I’m here to let the cat out of the bag.
One of the most exciting parts of my job is getting to hand-pick the incredible individuals who go on to become Invisible Children interns. Our interns are the best of the best, and we couldn’t possibly do what we do without them. Read on for three tips on standing out during the hiring process:
1. Be Yourself.
We want YOU…not what you think we want you to be. We want the real you, and an application is the perfect opportunity to show off what sets you apart from all the rest. Don’t shy away from sharing your hidden talents and love for your stamp collection.
Pro Tip: When submitting your application, be sure to highlight why your particular skillset will add to the growth and success of Invisible Children. And don’t be afraid to add some personality while you’re at it.
2. Be Proud and Stay Humble.
It’s no coincidence this point doubles as one of our core values. We believe people are powerful and have the skills to make a positive impact on the world. As an office, we strive to be confident in our abilities, yet humble in our accomplishments. This carries over to applicants as well. Know that you are talented and be confident in sharing.
Pro Tip: Fake it till you make it. (No, this does not mean forging your entire resume.) If you feel like you’re struggling with being confident in yourself and your abilities, put on a brave face, and find your power stance. We see your potential, and are excited to learn more about how you want to share it. Trust that, and trust yourself.
3. Roll with the Punches.
At Invisible Children, we are constantly pushing forward to bring a permanent end to LRA violence. This conflict is always changing, so flexibility is key. Whether we are launching a new advocacy campaign, celebrating a recent defection or chasing a fundraising opportunity, our daily goals and priorities can change on the fly. Being able to ebb and flow with these changes is vital to success here.
Pro Tip: In a dynamic environment, it’s important to understand what you personally need to remain stable and focused. Maybe you love Post-Its more than most people, or can’t live without your Google calendar — but, whatever it is, hold onto it and bring those tools with you as things change.
Ready to make an impact on the world? Applications for our Spring 2015 Internships are currently open and we want to hear from you! Apply HERE.
If you have any questions about our internship program or the positions we offer, hit up our People Operations team at [email protected] or call 619-562-2799.