An internship is most often the first real-life professional experience students get before entering the professional world. The experience gained from an internship program gives interns a sneak peek of the corporate environment as they get to practice the theoretical knowledge they have acquired. Sometimes it proves a hustle to get into a good organization’s internship program. But once in, that is only a foot in the door. From there you can decide and work towards not only leaving a good impression and getting a great recommendation letter but also getting hired.
The following are some tips on how to improve your chances of getting hired after your internship comes to an end.
- Make a good impression. It’s a no brainer, show up and prove that you have what it takes on a personal and professional level.
- Be visible. Check-in regularly with your boss and give updates on work assigned to you. No one will take notice of you unless you make yourself visible.
- Develop a strong work ethic. Don’t be a slacker. Keep a positive attitude, get out of your way to deliver. Have a willingness to get work done.
- Show own initiative. Be a problem solver, or attempt to find solutions to problems before you are asked. Develop an interest in acquiring new knowledge and offer to attend activities that would help you understand the business better.
- Ask questions and seek help when you need it. Remember you are there to learn, and you are in the midst of people who may have been longer with the company and have much more experience than you.
- Complete assigned tasks on time. Do not wait until the very last minute to complete a task. Communicate in advance if you have a challenge that might take up your time. Give a valid reason beforehand when you are not able to meet a deadline.
- Seek feedback from your supervisor on your performance
- Express your gratitude for the opportunity to learn from the company through the internship program.
- Compile a portfolio for yourself using your accomplishments on the job. This would come in handy when your internship is over and would look on your resume.
- Clearly express your desire to work for the company. Depending on the impression you create with your supervisor, this might save you the trouble of going through the formal job application, and the company the time and resources it might conduct a recruiting process.
It is also important to always show your availability, show eagerness to jump at an opportunity to do a task, no matter how mundane or menial it may be. If you can tick off most of the points on the list, you might already be working yourself into permanent employment.
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