So, you're an intern, huh? Is it pretty cool? You're making money and getting valuable experience at the same time! You're on your way to a great company or organization.
We all know that chances of turning a summer internship into a full-time job aren't guaranteed, even if the opportunity seems perfect for your skills and needs.
So, it takes decoding the "excellence" secrets to convince your employer of you as a permanent employee.
Here are tips on how to turn your summer job into a full-time one so you can ensure you have a permanent source of income:
Become an expert in your area of study
Being an "expert" can make you feel accomplished. It also means that you know a particular subject, area of study, or topic. But how does one become an expert? Here are some quick tips:
- Focus on a specific area of study or topic that interests you
- Determine what it takes to be an expert in that area of study
- Find a way to learn more about the area you are interested in, whether it's through reading books, doing research, or talking with people who are experts
- Pick an area that you want to focus on and continue learning about it
Contribute to the company’s needs and goals
You'll need to ensure you're a valuable asset to the company. This means you'll have to be a hard worker and always be willing to put in extra time when needed.
Be someone who is prepared for any task that comes your way and offers ideas for ways to improve the company.
It also doesn't hurt to learn about the industry you're working in—if you can impress your boss with a real understanding of their business, you'll stand out from the crowd.
Build relationships with colleagues
Use this opportunity to build relationships with your supervisors and bosses. Meet them for lunch or coffee before the end of the internship. You should also meet up with other employees outside of work hours. This will allow you to build stronger connections and get to know them more personally.
Moreover, if there is an opportunity to build client relations at a place where you would like to work, take that opportunity and make strong connections.
Sending holiday cards or thank-you cards shows interest in your clients and their business. Don't stop there! Attend conferences, seminars, trade shows, and even charity events related to your field of interest.
Because without good relationships, there's no way they'd want to keep you around once your internship is over. Make sure you build lasting connections with everyone around you; they'll appreciate it when they start hiring for full-time positions later!
Try to become a “big fish” in a “small pond.”
One of the most important things you can do while interning is making yourself indispensable. Make it your goal to get to know everyone, and go out of your way to do small favors for anyone who needs it. Be sure to be incredibly positive and helpful with both your superiors and your fellow interns. Always be willing to take on extra projects and deliver them with energy and enthusiasm. You'll want others to consider you a valuable asset that shouldn't be allowed to leave.
A few more tips:
- If possible, try to work on a project that involves one of the core products or services of the company—this will give you experience in a specific field.
- Take notes daily about what tasks you completed, how long they took, what other people were involved, and how you could improve upon them in the future—your boss will love this when you hand it over at the end of the internship.
- Be a regular presence in your boss' office—this will allow you to build rapport with them.
- Get along with your coworkers! They are not obligated to help further your career, so if they like working with someone, they'll use their influence to enhance their colleague's reputation within an organization.
If you can impress your boss and coworkers with what you accomplish in your role, you may have the chance to go from intern to employee before the summer is over!
Ask for feedback and make necessary adjustments
If you want an internship to turn into a job, there's no way around this; you have to ask for feedback (and then actually listen). You need to know what your performance has been like and what you can do to improve.
Ask for it if your boss doesn't give you concrete feedback or constructive criticism! Tell them what you've heard from other people about your performance thus far (if there's anything) and say that you'd like a more detailed look at where you're doing well but also where you can improve.
Be as specific as possible on these requests—it'll help ensure that when they give you their thoughts on your performance, they can be pronounced.
Asking for Quick Feedback Tips:
- Ask your boss and coworkers for feedback on your performance and how you can improve.
- Ask your boss and coworkers to expressly point out what you are doing well and what you can improve on. Ask them how you can improve on these things.
- Make necessary adjustments to your work based on the feedback you received from your boss and peers, and then ask them again for the input.
- If a full-time position becomes available, see if they will offer it to you without an interview.
Spend time developing your brand
Although it's not necessary to have a solid personal brand right out of college, it's essential to start developing your brand early if you want to land a full-time job eventually. And by "brand," we don't mean you need to be walking around with a sign.
Instead, it's about becoming a person people recognize by name and know they can trust to get the job done.
So here are some ways to become the go-to person for your company:
Be helpful! If someone new is on the team, always offer to help them out if their work will affect your own. And don't be afraid of asking for help either! Make sure everyone knows what you're working on and how they can help you.
Don't be afraid of networking! You never know who might know something that could help you or who might need your skills! Go out of your comfort zone and talk to everyone in the office.
Know the company
Several resources provide information about a company's position in the market, its financial performance, and indicators of employee satisfaction. so here are some things that will help you learn more about the company:
- Google them and check the first results of news articles
- Check the company's website, look at their listed products or services, check what they say they do, see if there are any numbers to back it up, etc.
- Check their social media accounts and see what their presence is like.
- See who else works for the company. Usually, you can look at LinkedIn for this info and see if you have any connections in common with them or someone related to them.
- Find out who your manager will be and do a little research on them as well, try to find out what that person's background is and why he was chosen for this position (are they promoted from within? former executive? etc.)
- If you are considering applying for a full-time position after your internship, try to meet with the manager or the higher-ups in the organization to get a feel for what it's like working with them (don't be afraid to ask casual questions either during or after your meeting).
It's easy to get ahead when you're just starting an internship, so take this checklist seriously. While it may seem like a lot of work, making the best first impression is essential and will leave you with a leg up on the competition. Use it to ensure you're prepared and on the right track.
Get involved in projects outside your department
It's not enough to be a hard worker. You need to demonstrate that you're a hard worker who gets things done. This means getting out of your comfort zone, rolling up your sleeves, and getting involved with projects that may be outside of your department.
You can show initiative by finding solutions to problems in other departments, volunteering to work on new projects, and providing innovative ideas on how things can run more smoothly.
Even if you're new at the company, you can show potential employers that you know what's going on in the organization by participating in meetings and taking an interest in the company culture.
It's not enough to be a big fish in a small pond. You also want to get involved with meetups, networking events, and conferences, where there are people from many different companies and industries, get together.
Mingle with them—it doesn't have to be awkward! The point is that these are people who don't know you but might be able to offer valuable connections for your future career.
Understand the hiring process
The hiring process can be confusing and can feel like an opaque or even arbitrary procedure. That's why it's essential to understand the basic steps of the hiring process to give yourself the best chance of getting that job—and ultimately, the full-time employment you're hoping for.
For more details about the hiring process, read this: 10 Most Essential Recruitment Process Steps
Stay connected with the company after your internship ends
When you're done with your internship, the last thing you want is to disappear from the company completely—you want to leave a lasting impression. Even if you don't get the job, people will remember you and might want to contact you later on.
-Don't disappear after your internship ends!
-Send a thank-you note to everyone friendly to you during your internship.
-Stay in touch via LinkedIn
-Update your resume and keep it up to date. Always have it ready.
-Join LinkedIn groups related to your field and stay active in these groups.
-Keep yourself busy with something else and let your company know about it (for example: start working on some personal projects).
Summer internships are your chance to get high-paying job offers or even start your own business after graduation, as you learn a lot during this internship. Seize this opportunity wisely, and let it pave the way for more opportunities in the future!