You’ve got your foot in the door. That was the easy part. Now you have to bust your ass to prove to whoever hired you that they made the right choice.
By landing an internship, you significantly increased your chances of being hired on full-time if you prove that you have what it takes. For the record, in this economy, that entails working your face off.
Sometimes you have to welcome the boring, tedious, mundane projects. That’s reality. Put your head down and get those done and it will speak volumes about your character.
At SMC we have lots of interns. Ask Jackie Adkins why he was the one that got hired on full-time.
To reiterate, in this economy you can’t just put in your hours and be one of the crowd. Employers notice when you go above and beyond the other interns.
Learn the company well enough to make your own suggestions.
Target a few of the employees you suspect you’d click with and get to know them. People like hiring people they’d get along with. If two people are equally talented, it’s definitely a separating factor.
Don’t burn yourself out. Working hard is extremely important, but if you try to do 12 hours a day, burn yourself out and half-ass your way through 8, we’ll notice. And not only that, now we’ll know what you’re capable of doing. That leaves a bad taste in our mouth.
Don’t limit yourself to the company you’re interning with. Keep building your brand and exploring other options. If you’ve done awesome work, you can always leverage that for a recommendation and put your name in the hat other places.
Ask lots of questions. We’d rather you ask questions than use “I didn’t know,” or “I was confused” for not getting something done. Brownie points for figuring it out and executing on your own.
Most of us have interned at one point or another, some very recently. What additional suggestions do you have?
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