‘Internship-to-Job Week’ Posts

How to Pitch a New Position When You’re Only an Intern

How to Pitch a New Position When You’re Only an Intern

em>Trying to turn that internship into a real job come graduation? This is just one of many tips in our Internship-to-Job Series

Pitch a brand new position at the company you're interning at. This is the most balls-to-the-wall way of getting hired but you'd be blown away by how effective it is. I highly recommend this in an economy like this one – one that's supposedly on an upswing. 

As the economy bounces back, you want your new position to be the big (or little) idea they invest in. Not only is pitching a new position an incredible learning experience (that's what college is ALL ABOUT!), but it has a great likelihood of blessing you with employment because it's just so damn crafty and confident.

Note: Crafty/confident also works on the opposite sex.

Find a void

First of all, you need to figure out what's missing at the company you're interning with. There's probably a lot missing – they just laid off 95% of their workforce and hired 25 extra interns to fill the holes. The job you invent can fill some of those holes. Here are a few places to start finding the leaks:

Become the Consummate Office Politician

Become the Consummate Office Politician

an class="full-image-float-right ssNonEditable">Always be mindful of your corporate communication skills, and that internship will be a job in no time. Image via Flickr user star5112 and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Trying to turn that internship into a real job come graduation? This is just one of many tips in our Internship-to-Job Series

In a perfect world, your odds of landing a job at the completion of your internship would be based on the quality of your work.  Unfortunately, you'll need to find time between making copies and fetching coffee to show off the impressive social skills you have been perfecting on campus.  No company wants to give the pink slip to an intern that the whole office loves.  I've been at my internship/part time job for over a year now, and still find myself tip-toeing (usually unsuccessfully) through a minefield of miscommunications and awkward situations.  

Studies show that, given the choice, people would rather work with a someone they like than someone who is good at their job. So if you plan on settling in at your company and graduating to a big boy's desk, office politics and social obligations will probably mean more come decision time than your data-entry abilities or how fast you carry boxes to your boss's car.  "Office politics" usually refers to using effective communication to climb the career ladder.  As an intern though, you just want a chance to get onto the ladder.  With this in mind, here are a few tips for winning over your office and snagging a job.

Use HR and Internal Hiring to Get Upgraded from Intern

Use HR and Internal Hiring to Get Upgraded from Intern

Trying to turn that internship into a real job come graduation? This is just one of many tips in our Internship-to-Job Series. Now that you’ve made sure everyone in the office knows you’re looking for work, co-workers will probably make you aware of any job openings before they’re listed. But some companies are so big ...

How to Turn Your Internship into a Job

Don’t get caught up in the dues-paying daily grind of your internship. The real point of an internship is to get you a job and hopefully a little experience along the way. Unfortunately, an internship is a far cry from a real gig, so making that leap can take some tact. This week, we’ll show ...