So you’ve had the time of your life at your latest internship or work experience, and you’re dreading leaving. Do these things and you’ll be getting a job offer in no time.
Here are six tips to help you turn that awesome internship into your dream job.
1. Give it your all
Being on time, meeting deadlines and doing everything asked of you with a smile on your face will win you the respect and trust of your boss. Making your internship your top priority (or at least making it seem that way) will prove that you have what it takes to be an employee.
2. Take initiative
Once you’ve got all your assigned work under control, don’t be afraid to pitch new ideas or ask questions about the company or industry. That kind of curiosity and drive is always appreciated and will show your employer that you want to keep growing and learning.
3. Be indispensable
Take on a side project, offer to help colleagues or use your unique skills to show your boss that no one else could fill the role quite as well as you do. For example, if you’re a social media whiz, ask to help manage the company’s social accounts.
4. Make friends
If you want to stay on as a full-time employee, you probably don’t hate the people around you. But make an effort to get to know as many people as possible because everyone wants to work with someone they like. Plus, it will show that you work well as part of a team.
5. Show your appreciation
Ask for feedback before you leave, and let them know how much you enjoyed your time there. That will let them know that you’re interested in the company and are eager to improve. Make sure to always send a thank you note or small gift.
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6. Stay in touch
If there aren’t any openings at the company right away, ask about freelancing or coming in for more work experience. Check in by email or phone from time to time with your colleagues so that when something does open up, you’ll be first on their list. Don’t be afraid to ask them to pass your name around the company in case anything comes up in another department – you never know!