How to Increase Your Chances of Turning your Internship into a Full-Time Job
We’ve talked in the past about how to turn your internship into a full-time job. This is hopefully the goal of most internships that you’ll be pursuing. The Wall Street Journal recently published an article giving advice on how to turn a temporary job into a full-time job, and I believe that the same principles can be applied to an internship.
Become Part of the Daily Routine
One of the ways to increase your chances of getting a full time job from your internship is to become part of your colleagues‘ daily routine. Always be friendly, come into the office smiling and saying good morning. Ask your coworkers how their weekends were. When you’ve finished working on your assigned work, ask others what work you can do for them. This way, you become part of their daily routine. You also are acting already as if you do work there full-time. Your coworkers already know they can rely on you, and so when it comes time to hire a full-time worker, you’ll have the support of the people you’ll be working with.
Become a Source of Ideas
You’ll be much more likely to be hired if you come up with your own ideas about different things around the office. These could be ideas about office protocol, innovative projects, or any other aspect that you think could make the office run more smoothly. If there is a project that no one has taken the initiative on, volunteer to work on it. Organize it the way that you find best, and prove that you have valuable ideas when it comes to working at your job. Plus, your boss won’t want to let you go if you’ve been coming up with all of these fantastic ideas that make the job run better.
Become as Visible as Possible
One thing that you definitely want to avoid at your internship if you want a full-time job is being forgettable. Otherwise, you’ll just be that one intern who worked that one summer and did some stuff that one time. There are many small things that you can do to make yourself visible in your work environment. Being friendly helps people remember you and also associates a good view with you. People will begin saying hi to you first and asking you how you are instead of the other way around. You can also do other simple things like bringing better coffee to the office or staying just a little bit later at the end of the day to make sure that all the work has been done. Standing out in people’s minds will help you go from an internship to a full-time job.
What other tips do you have for turning your internship into a full-time job? Let us know in the comments!
[via Wall Street Journal]