Doing an internship to get your first experience or an interesting line on your resume? Most likely, you can easily handle it without outside help. But what should trainees do to get an offer? We've put together a little instruction.
1. Make sure it's yours
It's important to figure out how well suited you are to the place where you've decided to build a career. During the internship as much as possible learn the company from the inside. Learn all about its products and partners if you haven't done so already. Try to understand the corporate culture as much as possible and study the problems faced by employees. To do this, carefully follow the site and pages on Facebook and Instagram. Read all publications and comments. See what the media and online reviews say about the company. Observe the atmosphere at work and the relationship between supervisors and subordinates. Ask potential colleagues about day-to-day tasks and workload.
2. Make contacts
Build a personal brand from day one: be sociable and friendly and don't forget respect and courtesy. If you're good at something, don't be shy about demonstrating your knowledge. Always stay in the field of vision of other employees, especially older ones. Ask questions if you don't understand something, and don't be afraid to ask for help, as you asked to help me write my paper at the university. Get to know other interns, your mentor, and potential colleagues and have lunch with them every day. Try to attend all corporate events.
Let's say you like heavy metal, and suddenly in a conversation with your boss it turns out that he's a longtime Black Sabbath fan. Then you have something that you have in common. People with similar interests easily find a common language, which helps to solve working issues more effectively. They are more willing to be part of a team. When choosing between equally strong candidates, they are more likely to give preference to that person. So don't hesitate to talk to your colleagues not only about work topics.
3. Take the initiative
Constantly expand your area of responsibility. Don't give up tasks that seem difficult. You can always ask for advice if you can't cope on your own. It's better to try and make a mistake than to be an intern who hasn't even tried. Try to do more than is expected of you. Offer ideas to help streamline routine processes. If you can make a difference, those around you will remember it. Don't sit idly by when you've completed all your errands. Ask other employees if they need your help. But remember the boundaries: don't be overly intrusive.
4. Be proactive
Be proactive in setting out your vision for the outcome of the internship right away. Talk it through with management and find out how to get on staff sooner. Don't wait to be offered a position. Monitor the company's open positions yourself. If you see any that are suitable, send in your resume and try to qualify as a regular applicant. Parallel participation in an internship program will be a significant plus. Use it as an opportunity to learn from within the department where you are going to get the job. Get to know the people in the department. Find out which skills will help you in your desired position. This way you can better prepare and develop your weaknesses in advance.