When you're starting a new career, an internship enables you to gain real-world experience and make contacts that can help you find a job in the future. Many companies consider hiring interns as employees if they've proven that they are reliable, knowledgeable and dedicated workers. For example, "Forbes," reporting on a 2012 study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, states that 60 percent of paid interns were offered at least one job after their internships ended. If you stand out to your employer as a talented worker, you have a good chance of earning a full-time position.
Meet and exceed your employer's expectations during your internship, recommends the University of Oregon Career Center. If you go above and beyond your duties, an employer is more likely to keep you as an employee when the internship ends.
Respect the company's employees and supervisors by behaving professionally at all times. Follow the employer's dress code and obey all company rules and regulations. Don't give the employer any reason to deny you a full-time position.
Network with your co-workers, especially your supervisors or those in a position to offer you a job. If you develop a relationship with them, you're more likely to get hired, suggests "Forbes."
Ask for extra responsibilities. If your co-worker calls in sick, offer to help her complete a project. If your supervisor needs someone to take a last-minute assignment, volunteer. Those in charge will notice your enthusiasm.
Make a list of all the things you've done and goals you have achieved during the internship. This list will come in handy when asking for a permanent job.
Look out for job openings in the company. If the company needs a new employee, they might prefer to hire an intern who already knows how to do the job.
Tell your supervisor that you're interested in working for the company when your internship ends. Remind your supervisor of this again when the internship is nearly over.
Remind your employer of your accomplishments at the company and tell him why you want to continue working there. For example, you might say that you're excited to help the employer meet his goals or you love working with the company's talented employees.
Write letters thanking your supervisors for the opportunity to intern at the company. In the letter, clearly state that you want to continue working for the company after the internship. Deliver the letters personally or mail them.
Keep in touch with your employer via email several times a year after the internship ends if you don't get a job offer right away, recommends Fox Business. Make each email personal and thoughtful. For example, if your supervisor wins an award, email him to congratulate him. Show interest by asking about company news. Periodically send an update about yourself so you stay on your supervisor's mind. If your supervisor is thinking of you, he might call to offer you a job when one becomes available.
- Don't wait for your supervisor to approach you about becoming a full-time employee. Take the initiative and tell your employer how much you want the job.
- Forbes: Odds Are Your Internship Will Get You A Job
- Oregon State University Career Center: How to Ask for a Full-Time Position
- University Language Services: 8 Ways to Turn Internship Experience into a Job
- CNN Money: Get Hired After an Internship -- Even with a Tattoo
- Fox Business: Your Internship is Coming to an End, Now What?
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