Secrets of the Job Hunt


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Internship Tips

Internships(Click here) are designed to give college students much needed real-life work experience. Instead of handing a potential employer a resume filled with academic achievement and club affiliations, those who intern are able to distinguish themselves from the rest of recent graduates because they know a little bit more about working.

Although this may be enough reason to intern in itself, the best thing an internship can do is set up with a job for after you graduate before you even get your degree. Most employers use their internship programs as unofficial recruitment programs. That means they are scanning their interns hoping that a few of them will show talent that is much needed in the office. Because of this, it is important to distinguish yourself while interning. This is especially true if you're involved in a rather large program and are having to compete for the possibility of a job offering.

One way to do this is to avoid the common mistakes that many interns make. For starters, show up on time all the time. If you think you're going to be late, then it's best to call ahead and let someone in your department know. Although this may draw attention to the fact that you're late, rather than sneaking in unnoticed, it also allows managers to see that you're responsible enough to be concerned about being at work when you should be. Most employers understand that mistakes happen and won't hold being late against you as long as you don't make a habit of it and are conscientious enough to call an alert someone.

Aside from showing up on time, avoid dressing like a refugee. Many employers complain that college students have no sense of professional dress. The best way to avoid this and other wardrobe faux-pas is to take a look at what those above you on the corporate ladder are wearing and follow suit.

Many interns make the problem of doing just what they're asked to do. If competing for the possibility for a job offering, it's best to go above and beyond. Instead of asking to leave early if you've finished all your work ahead of time, ask if there is anything else you can help out with. This let's employers know that you're a team player and are willing to take on responsibility.

Another important thing to do is get to know those you work with. Networking is especially important and business. The individuals you work with have more experience and can, therefore, teach you many things. There is also always the possibility that one of these individuals may end up leaving the company you're interning with and work for another employer you may be interested in down the road. If that's the case, then the relationship you built during your internship could once again serve you well by helping you to get your foot in the door with another company.

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