Tick, tock. The internship clock is winding down. With a few weeks left to market yourself as a potential new hire, leaving a lasting impression should move its way to the top of your-to-do list. Follow this list of tasks you need to do to distinguish yourself as the next new hire.
Get feedback from your boss
You can’t grow if you don’t know, so ask your boss for a review. If your company does not have a formal evaluation process, it’s your responsibility to get constructive criticism from your manager. You’ll want to get a combination of specific and big-pictured feedback – ask your boss how well you performed on specific projects and get input on your overall performance.
Learn about the hiring process
It’s not enough to just express interest in getting hired – you need to get a sense of how the company hires employees on board. Is there a particular time of the year or does it recruit only on an as-needed basis? Do you contact the hiring manager directly or apply for the job online? How many stages of interviews are there? Run these questions by your supervisor to show your seriousness about working for the company.
Touch base with HR
If you’re interning at a huge company, your boss may not be aware of every single job opening in other departments. Meet someone in HR to find out what kind of jobs are open for hire.
Bond with your peers
Hopefully you’ve already built relationships with your fellow interns. But if you haven’t done so, get cracking. They can be valuable assets to you in the future, do not view them as just competition. Befriending these people and staying in touch will pay off if you need referral in the future.
Dust off your resume
Now is the time to update your resume – when the internship experience is fresh in your mind. It’s also beneficial to get feedback from your boss on your resume before you leave.
Ask your boss for a job
It’s an obvious step – managers are expecting to hear from an intern if they are enthusiastic and really desire working for the company full-time. If there are no current openings, try to leave with freelance or part-time work.
… or a reference
If your boss is happy with your performance, ask if he or she will be a reference for you in the future. You might want to request a written letter of recommendation that you could use once you start applying for jobs.
You need to finish strong if you want a job offer. Handle this crunch time right and you could fall into the pool of interns who convert to full-time hires.
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