What Every Summer Intern Needs To Know About Landing a Full-Time Job
The work doesn’t end after the internship.
The Leadership Insiders network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely questions about careers and leadership. Today’s answer to the question “How do you turn an internship into a full-time job?” is written by Jill Tipograph, co-founder of Early Stage Careers.
You patted yourself on the back for scoring that plumb summer college internship. Congratulations again. Now that it’s over, chances are you’re probably wondering what to do next. If you’re looking to turn your internship into a full-time job for when you graduate. Here are our top 5 tips to help you get there:
Finish with Finesse
How you exit matters greatly; devise a thoughtful strategy. Hopefully you were always ‘on’ during your internship, as it is a long interview for a potential job down the road. Create a spreadsheet of all your completed work and projects; remind them of what you were able to do, and help with. Devise a separate how-to manual and your job description so your job becomes turn-key and information is at anyone’s fingertips. Ask for valuable feedback on your skills, contributions, and what you could have done better. Immediately update your resume and LinkedIn profile to reflect your summer experiences.
Make Yourself Memorable
Go beyond what’s expected of you. Complete final projects thoroughly with aplomb, thoroughness, detail and care. Go out of your way to help team members or managers complete their tasks. First and last impressions are remembered. If your initial image, demeanor or work were not what they are now, make a point of elevating yourself and your capabilities.
Stay in Touch
Ask to connect online personally and professionally via LinkedIn and follow relevant social media profiles. Ask for recommendations (especially on Linked In) while your presence is fresh in your co-workers’ and supervisor’s minds (both could lead to future job opportunities). Reach out to see if anyone has questions about your work. Contribute after you leave. Yes, you can continue your internship virtually! Did you have a manager that you built a strong connection with? Invite them to breakfast, lunch or coffee so you can spend time with them away from the office and they can get to know you on a more personal level.
Say ‘Thank You’ sincerely; both verbally, and in writing. Did you learn from co-workers? Thank them for providing mentoring. Did you learn more about your career path, as well as what you do not want to do in the future? Thank them for exposing you to these areas. Did you teach anyone something they did not know? Acknowledge your appreciation for the opportunity to reverse mentor. If you made some errors or could have done things better or differently, own up with solutions. Managers appreciate honesty and resolving problems. Do you have any suggestions about how to improve the internship experience in the future? Think about sharing some proactive thoughts in a positive way.
Demonstrate Long-Term Interest
Ask for what you want now; plant seeds for the future. Employers do not know you want a full-time job unless you inform them. Don’t assume if they do not mention a job, that it may not exist. Small companies are always looking for great talent; larger companies may have entry-level training programs or other departments to which they could recommend you.
So increase your odds now of being one of those lucky new hires. And feel confident that a job after college with a company you enjoy and know you can fit in, and enjoy the job itself, is within arm’s reach.