How To Turn Your Internship to A Job Offer

I’ve literally worked dozens of temporary positions and almost always, I’ve had a continuous extension or job offer afterwards. Currently, I work for the government. I started in a contract position and, in less than a year, was offered permanent, full-time, with full benefits.

Even when I was in temp pools and job hopping, I never went a day without work and I quickly learned that these are the skills and initiatives employers are looking for.

Learn Everything – Even What You’re Not Hired For

Flexibility is key when you’re starting in a new position. It’s really important to learn your role but also everyone’s role. Learn as much as possible because that knowledge and detail about a department begins to become invaluable. Training a new candidate on all of

the policies and procedures of an organization and department can be time-consuming and if you actively seek out knowledge not only will it:

 

  1. Show your interest and dedication to the company
  2. Learn how an entire company operates and how the departments work together
  3. But it will also demonstrate that you are the right fit for the corporate culture if you take the time to talk to other people in different departments. One of the biggest fears for hiring managers is choosing someone with the correct skill-set, but not able to work with the team, or worse becoming toxic to an office.

This has worked for me on numerous occasions, because the more I learned, the more I could come in with in the next role. Sometimes I would be supporting other teams, but also even though I didn’t work in these specific teams, I knew things about the Accounts Payable team, IT team, etc. and it helps so much to a hiring manager if the candidate is already an active member of the organization.

Do everything with 100%.

Entering into a new job you’re probably going to be given a very junior or administrative position. You may not be working on the biggest projects or with the biggest clients and it’s easy to feel like no one cares about your work or reads the things you write. But people do notice, the right people will notice. Employers take on students and temporary employees because they are also looking for new ideas and for recruitment. Who shares the same values of the company and they could look into hiring after. When people apply for jobs, employers are essentially gauging them on a resume and brief interview. If they have someone with a proven track record of doing – even the little things – well with a great work ethic. They are much more likely to hire you after. And even if they don’t having that kind of reference – from a professional in the field – means the world after graduation and when you are job searching.

This has happened to an old director of mine before getting promoted, and a similar situation happened to me when I was job searching after graduation. People do notice, the right people notice.

Keep in Contact

Sometimes an offer is not available right away because of resources, availability etc. And that’s okay. When positions do become available though, you want to make sure that you have made the correct impression and that your extended network knows that you are looking for a job. Grab a coffee with an old supervisor, send an email to see how people are doing. It does not need to be an interrogation every time you talk to them, but asking how the department/organization is doing never hurts.

Ask Questions By Conducting Informational Interviews

What is an informational interview? Well, it’s basically a fancy term for asking someone out for coffee who either:

  1. a) has your dream job
  2. b) who’s career you really admire
  3. c) a person higher level and you hope to advance to either in the short or long term

Ask them questions about how they progressed in the career, what mistakes they made, what kind of advice they provide. And yes some people will ignore your request but you would be amazed by the people who do say yes and the insight they give you

Go To Networking Events

 Now I know, I hate going to networking events. I’m the first one to say it, I think a lot of it’s pretty fake and not very helpful because I’m a genuine person and I’m not good at pretending to like people that I don’t. With that being said, it is a very important part of new job and honestly it’s been really really beneficial . – especially if you’re in a new in the industry. As you progress in your career, you’ll begin to realize that everyone knows everyone in everyone and it pays to make contacts in the industry.

 

Good luck!

K ✨

 

 

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