Internships are great, but they’re only meant to be temporary.
If you’ve been an intern for too long, you’ll know the feeling of sluggishness that comes when you’re stuck in a place you want to move on from.
Getting promoted from an internship into a full-time position isn’t always the smoothest or fastest transition. If your foot is in the door, it’s time to make the most of it. Here are a few things you can do to ensure you have the best chance you can get of securing the job.
- Expand your network. Become known to others as a good communicator that can work well with members of their team while also being a generally good person to have around. This isn’t mere hopeful thinking, as a career expert the New York Post spoke with explains. When you go around the office and check on other people, those handshakes and conversations will pay off in the long run.
- Talk to your supervisor. Making it known to your supervisor that you’d like to stick around will usually be well-received if your actions match your speech. Touching base with your supervisor more often will keep you at the top of their mind. It’s a good idea to do the same with HR reps, as they’ll see the job opening before you will.
- Ask for feedback. In the same way that telling your supervisor of your intentions will make your mindset clear, following it up with a sincere desire for self-improving feedback will stand out. Career website Monster.com suggests that demonstrating that you’re not thin-skinned and willing to improve pays off.
- Start bragging. This piece of advice may not match the rest, but once you’re performing, why not start showing others what you’re capable of? Don’t just go through the door like everyone else, but show interest in your work and discuss the achievements you’re proud of as well as where you want to learn more.
- Write a handwritten note. Writing a thank-you letter makes a bigger impact than most other things you can do.