Given the vagaries of the current economy, it’s not easy to land a job outside even after completing a successful internship. An internship certainly gives you an edge, but it’s not a job-guarantee. It makes sense, therefore, to try and turn your current internship into a job – here’s how.

Impress Your Boss

Do whatever you can impress your boss and earn a job recommendation. Listen respectfully, learn what they know, volunteer to do more, show initiative and intelligence and be reliable and diligent. Not many bosses want to lose such an intern, and when the time comes, he or she will recommend that you be hired.

Think Of Your Internship As An Extended Job Interview

You know how it is at an interview – you will be drilled, you’ll be observed, assessed, studied and assessed some more. An internship is pretty much the same, only longer. Remember your seniors are observing what you do, how you dress and how you behave. Don’t give them the chance not to hire you.

Act The Part

So you want to be an employee? Act the part. Throw away those flip-flops and get some real shoes. Dress the way your seniors do – modestly, and in formal clothing. You can get some formal clothes for cheap at thrift shops. Impress people with your professional attire.

Treat Everyone You Meet With Respect

There may be someone lower on the rung than you, but that’s no reason to treat them with scorn. Be respectful and polite with everyone. It’s important to get everyone to like you, because sometimes companies take feedback from an intern’s immediate team members before making a hiring decision.

Maintain Professionalism

Listen more than you talk, and never badmouth anyone, or make jokes in bad taste. Don’t discuss your personal life at work, and don’t gossip. If you find someone discussing their personal life, smile, make an excuse and move away. Be to work on time, and try to put in some extra time.

Network

You may be asked to attend business events and conferences; even some social events. Be gracious and polite when you do so. If free drinks are offered, drink sparingly, or stick to water. Don’t barge into groups and network discreetly with people.

Discuss Your Goals With Your Manager

Within your first week, ask your manager for some time and establish internship goals. Find out exactly what the company and your manager want from you. Be clear about what you want as well, such as specific skills you hope to gain. This kind of professional approach will deeply impress your manager.

Display A Positive Attitude

All career development internships programs involve a certain amount of grunt work, and you won’t enjoy everything you do. Still, maintain a positive attitude, taking each menial task as another building block in your career. Show that you can be trusted with bigger tasks, and soon your manager will learn to rely on you.

Ask Questions

Asking questions demonstrates initiative, intelligence and interest. Carry a notebook with you and note down points you want to remember. By doing this, you’ll be demonstrating your level of engagement. It’ll help you get a more realistic preview of your company and your prospective career as well.

Remember To Be Assertive On Occasion

Menial tasks are necessary but no one appreciates a passive worker. Raise your hand now and then and ask for more serious work. Volunteer for tasks when they come up, and check with other departments if there are things you can do. This proves you can handle a full-time job’s responsibilities if you were to be hired.

 



 

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