So you’re about to apply for externships and you feel a little overwhelmed. (How did I know? Because that’s natural!) The good news is that you don’t have to go through it alone. SAA is here to provide resources and tips as you navigate this next step.
Be Prepared. Before you apply, you’ll need to prepare a curriculum vitae, or a “CV” in short. A CV is kind of like a detailed, audiology-specific resume. You might see the words CV and resume interchanged. To create your own, check out the Academy’s resume resource page for examples, tips, and even a free resume review service. Consider the following additional CV tips:
- Be concise. Be sure to highlight all of your experience, but make each experience short and easy to read. You want your CV to be easily and quickly digestible.
- Be reachable. When you add your contact information to your CV, consider whether or not you’ll have access to that email address, mailing address, and/or phone number for a while.
- Be accessible. Consider visual accessibility when choosing your font sizes and spacing. Also, next time you reach for the old “right click, thesaurus”, consider if the words you’re choosing are accessible to all, too.
- Be you. Your potential externship site wants to know you. Consider adding your identifiers such as your pronouns and preferred name to your CV. For example: Samantha (Sam) Jones, they/them.
For additional considerations, check out the SAA webpage including their newly updated Externship Guide. Make sure to also check out this month’s President’s Corner.
Sarah Ostlie, AuD (she/her)
SAA Advisory Committee Chair
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