Hope to be hired at the end of your internship? Here are some ways to turn fetching coffee into a full-time job.
- TIP: Try to develop a rapport with a respected employee who can mentor you.
- Step 1: If you don’t get offered a full-time job, ask for a letter of recommendation. It can help you convert your internship into a job at another company.
- FACT: In 2010, businesses extended full-time job offers to nearly 64% of their interns.
- Step 2: Get to know people at all levels of the company. Don’t be bashful about introducing yourself to company bigwigs; it demonstrates confidence and social poise.
- Step 3: Be a team player. Don’t try to stand out by making others look bad. Avoid getting sucked into office politics and water-cooler gossip.
- Step 4: Respect the office culture. If everyone is at their desks by 9 a.m., don’t drag yourself in at 9:30.
- Step 5: When you finish an assignment, ask what you can do next instead of waiting to be told. Volunteer to do more than you’re being asked to accomplish, as long as you’re sure you can handle it.
- TIP: Proofread your work. Misspellings and grammatical errors can torpedo your chances of converting an internship into a job.
- Step 6: Show you’re serious and learn all you can about both the industry you’re working in, and the company you’re working for, before your first day.