Internships are the best way to get your foot in the door for a career you’re interested in. Hopefully, you’ll score the internship of a lifetime and it will turn into a career. But, like internships, jobs don’t come easy. Go above and beyond to make sure to take every effort to impress your supervisor and earn their respect. Here are some practical tips to turn an internship into a job:
Early bird gets the worm— Whether you come in early or stay late, working more hours in order to meet a deadline is impressive. It means you’re willing to put forth the time needed to efficiently finish a project.
Take initiative— Put yourself in your supervisor’s shoes. They’re busy and don’t have time to complete everything. Take matters into your own hands and go out of your way to make his life easier. Finish a task that needs to be done, even if it’s refilling her coffee.
Be motivated— Along with taking initiative, make sure you’re using your work time for finishing tasks instead of perusing Pinterest or checking Twitter. In addition, ask questions and learn more about the company and industry. Your work ethic and willingness to learn will not go unnoticed.
Be likeable— It’s important to be yourself, but make sure you’re always bringing your best version to work. Be friendly, hang out with coworkers and smile. People like working with their friends because collaboration and cooperation comes easier. Your optimism and friendliness will show your supervisor you’re ready to work on a team.