5 Ways to Be A Productive Intern Before Landing Your Dream Job
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It’s often hard to land a great full-time job during summers off or right after graduation. However, doing well in an internship can often get your foot in the door of the industry that interests you. Admittedly, it’s not at all glamorous. Yes, some internships are unpaid and yes, some employers look at internships as cheap labour. However, many jobs, like in the fields of fashion design, lawyer, etc., require an internship period. Many entertainers or business moguls were once lowly interns pouring coffees into the lipstick stained mugs of their bosses.
Moreover, employers are more inclined to hire an intern who has spent some time at the organization compared to a newbie because the former has already had a chance to demonstrate strong work ethic and know-how. Employers will look at an intern or volunteer and think, “If that is how she works for free, imagine if she were being paid?”. You should consider your internship as a probationary period where the employer considers whether you should be hired as a full-time employee. The following are ways to ensure that you are the best intern your company has ever had.
Being enthusiastic not only means being excited about the work. It involves asking questions about the company, showing genuine interest and a desire to learn more and do more. It means going above and beyond the call of duty and exceeding the expectations of your employer. There are many ways to do this: you can ask for more work or take on new projects and learn the names of everyone in your department or on your team. Whatever you do, whether it is pouring coffee or photocopying, employers want an intern with a strong work ethic who is eager, willing to learn and committed to the task.
Know Your Stuff
There is nothing more impressive to an employer or supervisor than a person, especially an unpaid worker, who spends their free time learning, reading and researching everything possible about the organization. Don’t wait to be asked, “Have you taken a look at our website?” during your first work week and if your organization has a library or archives then that’s even better. Knowing the history of the organization, as well as the challenges it faces and positioning yourself to help mitigate those challenges is a sure-fire way to ensure that you will not soon be forgotten after the internship is over.
In the off-chance that you have nothing to do, ask your supervisor if there is any project on which you can work or if your colleagues need help with their projects. If you are not asked to do anything besides pouring coffee and you recognize a problem and have a possible solution for it, don’t hesitate to respectfully make suggestions to your supervisor. If your company does not have a social media presence, why don’t you volunteer to create their Facebook page? Taking initiative shows that you are smart, savvy, a valuable asset and a potential “keeper” and this automatically sets you apart from the other interns who are just biding their time. Don’t just do what’s expected, be a go-getter. By so doing, you may just “create a job for yourself” at the company.
It is important to build a strong professional network and get to know other people, particularly hiring managers, in your company. This helps you have your “ear to the ground” so you can keep up-to-date of potential job openings. By networking and establishing relationships with key people, you may be one of the first to know of a possible entry position in your department, another department or another organization altogether. Don’t just network as a means to an end. Be genuinely interested in the projects and job descriptions of your colleagues, conduct informational interviews, introduce yourself to each person you pass in the hallway and learn about what they do. Seize the opportunity during your internship to learn about people and careers in general.
Keep in touch
After your internship, graciously thank your organization by not only leaving on a good note, but by also leaving a thank you card expressing your appreciation. In the card, you may leave your contact details. Also, if the organization has a mailing list, make sure you stay on it so that you can be kept informed of possible job openings as well as receive updates about the organization and remain current with regards to the issues that it may be facing or in which it may be involved. You can use the knowledge of these current events to your advantage if you hope to be an intern with the organization again. If you are invited to any subsequent Christmas party or work get-together, do not hesitate to attend. Keeping updated of contemporary issues and keeping in touch showcases your ongoing interest in the organization.
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