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Turning an Internship into a Career

The following is a guest post from How2become.

Today getting accepted onto an internship program can be as difficult as finding a job. For many people the promise of an internship fills them with dreams about being able to spruce up their CV or resume and take that golden step towards employment in the field of their choice once the program is completed.

However, not all internships are created equally, and some interns will find that they are no more employable after their internship than before. If you want to turn your internship into a career you can’t just sit back and hope things go well – you have to make things happen. While you may have thought simply getting an internship was the hard part you’ll soon discover there’s a lot more hard work to come. To make sure the internship is just the first step on the road to a career, rather than a path to a dead end, you’ll need to follow these tips.

Select the Right Internship

If your internship is going to be little more than making coffee and photocopying documents you’re not going to learn anything or give anyone who could provide you with a reference the opportunity to see what an asset you can be to the company. Research roles you want to apply for carefully, and don’t be shy about contacting someone at the company directly to ensure that you can make a positive impact.

Be positive

You might find that upon your arrival you’re given a lot of menial jobs. While you won’t feel like smiling it’ll be in your best interests to grin and bear it, unless you want to instantly be known as a complainer. Of course, within a few days you’ll want to offer suggestions as to how you might be better utilized – that brings us to the next point.

Be assertive

While this internship might feel like one of the biggest things to happen in your life, it’ll be just another day at the office for everyone else. Nobody will be around to babysit you or make sure you’re keeping yourself occupied. Some companies might have an excellent internship program that helps their interns learn new skills and develop but at other places they might not be so organized (which is why you need to take time selecting the right internship). If you find yourself in a negative environment try to set up a meeting with a manager where you can discuss some goals and what you’d like to achieve.

You’ll soon find that it’s up to you to offer your services when needed and seek out ways to be helpful. As soon as someone notices that having you around is actually useful and that you are responsible you’ll be given more important, interesting tasks.

Know When to Act Like You’re Already an Employee

They say that clothes make the man, but equally they make the woman. You should dress as smartly as everyone else and always conduct yourself in a professional manner. You should also ensure that you’re always punctual and be prepared for the possibility of a couple of late nights. However, don’t always act like you’re an employee – you should definitely keep out of any office politics and resist the temptation to gossip about colleagues for the time being.

Make Yourself Known

Make the most out of your internship by networking. If the organization hosts social events attend them and if it has teams join them – basically make yourself known. Getting closer to colleagues will give you a chance to hear what it’s like working for the company and help you decide whether you would want to apply to the company for a full-time position.

Of course, most interns move on, and if you’ve managed to network well with senior figures and leaders you can bank on their glowing references to help you find a job elsewhere. You shouldn’t always pester your managers with problems, but from time to time approach them with potential solutions to problems. This way they’ll always think of you as a problem solver with a positive attitude.

Stay in Touch

Don’t forget to keep in touch when you’re gone. Sending thank you emails to everyone that helped you during your internship and keeping in casual contact with colleagues you became friendly with is a great way to keep in their thoughts. This also means that if there’s a job vacancy within the company or they hear about something somewhere else you’ll be the first person they mention it to.

Richard McMunn is a writer for How2become.com; a leading career and recruitment specialist for public sector careers in the UK. For the last 8 years How2become has helped numerous people prepare for and pass tough recruitment processes and assessment centers in order to secure their dream job. You can also connect with How2become on Google Plus.

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3 Tips for How to Find an Internship

Summer is quickly approaching, do you have an internship lined up? Employers around the nation are looking to hire interns to assist with business functions and give you professional skill building experience. Learn three tips from Simone Murray, DirectEmployers VP of Member Services, on how to find an internship and get your foot in the door at a company you’d enjoy working for.

Key takeaways:

  • Reach out to your parents and see if they know anyone with internship opportunities.
  • Pick your top three companies and apply to them. Also, don’t be afraid to call.
  • Visit popular websites such as internships.jobs and internships.com.

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Internship Advice: How to Land an Internship & Maximize Your Experience

By now, most students realize the importance of an internship. Whether it’s a college requirement or a choice of your own, internships can help even the savviest student develop their professional skill-set and gain the experience needed to land a full-time job. See our tips below to differentiate yourself from the crowd and excel from start to finish.

When Searching for that “Perfect Internship”

Always choose experience over money. As you read this, you are probably shaking your head thinking, “How can I take an unpaid internship and still have spending money?” Regardless of the pay, the purpose of the internship is to provide you with experience. If you shy away from unpaid or lower wage internships you could be missing out on an opportunity that could help you grow professionally and personally.

Use the connections and resources you have available. Your professors, family and friends want to help you succeed. Reach out to your network and inquire about internship openings or even if you can use them as a reference to attest to your work ethic. Also, take time to speak with your career services department. Not only can they help you tailor your resume, but they can direct you to your school’s online job resources and possibly introduce you to recruiters from companies you are interested in interning with.

Take advantage of online resources. Almost all employers have a career page on their website that links directly to open positions with their company. However, if you are unsure of a company that you’d like to work for, visit sites like <a href=”http://internships.jobs” target=”_blank”>Internships.jobs; that provide you with vetted and reliable internship opportunities from companies around the nation.

During Your Interview

Take time to showcase your personal brand. An interview is all about selling yourself and your skills to an interviewer. Use this opportunity to show how and why you’d be well suited for the position. Your interviewer will be listening for not only your skills, but to see if your personality would be well matched with the company’s culture.

Engage and connect with your interviewer. You want your interviewer to connect with you during conversation and remember you afterwards, bottom line. Turn your interview into a conversation, not a back-to-back round of question, answer, question, answer. By turning your interview into a conversation you are actively engaging your interviewer and providing he/she with meaningful points to remember about you.

Ask Questions. At the end of every interview, you have the opportunity to ask your interviewer questions. This is the part of the interview that allows you to see if this company would be a good fit for you. Make sure to have meaningful and unique questions prepared. Ask questions like, “What made you choose a career with this company? What is the culture of this company? Why do you enjoy your job?”

For the Duration of Your Internship

Ask questions— a lot of them. Rule number one of any internship: never be afraid to ask questions. You are there to learn after all, and if you don’t understand something, just ask. Your employer doesn’t expect you to know how to do everything. So if you encounter a task that is unfamiliar to you, ask questions.

Tackle your tasks with positivity and enthusiasm. Let’s face it, not every task you are given at work is going to be fun. While you may be given some “go-fer” tasks, exhibit the same amount of professionalism for small and large projects. You never know when you could receive a full-time job offer after all.

Get to Know the Industry. Jump on every opportunity available to learn more about the industry you are working in. Attend meetings, conferences and events with your team. After your internship is completed, you may not stay in the industry, but you will have done your best to educate yourself on the inner workings and may meet some great people to add to your network along the way.

Make Mistakes. While you may not want to make mistakes, you are going to. It’s human nature. At the end of the day, it’s how you learn and move forward. If you make a mistake, take ownership for your actions and your employer will appreciate your honesty and willingness to fix your mistakes.

Network and get to know fellow interns and full-timers. One of the biggest components of a job search is your network. Have you heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know”? When job searching, that couldn’t be more correct. Build a professional relationship with full-time employees and your fellow interns. The people around you are a great source for job advice and tips that may help you land your next job.

Follow the tips above to increase your chances for success at a great internship experience. Keep in mind, even though you are there to work, you need to have fun along the way. After all, your internship may ultimately lead you to a career that you love!

Ready to search for an internship? Visit Internships.jobs. For additional advice and resources, check out our Pinterest board for job seekers, the Social Jobs Partnership page and Jobipedia.org.

Summer 2013 Jobs Outlook: 5 Tips for Soon-to-be Grads

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Source: Metro.us

In today’s job market, it is nearly impossible to find employment without a bachelor’s degree, and oftentimes without a master’s degree. Unfortunately, recent college grads may still have trouble securing a professional position. The good news is, according to a report released last month by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for individuals having recently earned bachelor’s and advanced degrees is experiencing a downward trend—albeit still high as compared to pre-recession days1.

In an effort to find a job, grads have to get creative in their search and implement more aggressive tactics. If you are preparing to don a cap and gown and head out into the business world late this spring, take a few of these tips into consideration prior to your job search.

Get an Internship
While obtaining a permanent, full-time position would be the best-case scenario, it is smart to take any opportunity that you can get. Internships are a great way to gain experience, network, and get your foot in the door with a company. If you do a good job, you may end up being offered a full-time position in the end. In the very least, you will have real-world experience to bring to another company. Interested in an internship? Search and apply for one in your area of expertise at Internships.jobs.

Attend Career Fairs
Whether virtual, through your school, or a public event, career fairs are a beneficial means to finding employment. These free events should be included in your job searching agenda and are meant to connect you with potential employers, allowing you to showcase your skills and experience face-to-face interaction with recruiters.

Create an Online Portfolio
Depending on what line of work you hope to be in, you may find it beneficial to have a compilation of your work prepared for an employer to review. Compile research papers, projects and work samples, along with a resume and professional headshot, into a simple website. This is your brand and it should represent you well. Want a more simple solution? Beef up your LinkedIn profile and include your past experience, contact information and current employment objective.

Start Networking
You’ve heard the phrase, “It’s all about who you know.” Well, that phrase couldn’t be truer. Networking and building connections is a task that begins in college and never truly ends throughout the duration of your career. Find networking events in your city and make plans to attend, create a LinkedIn profile, and start connecting. This is a great way to acquire interviews and foster professional relationships that could be useful in the future.

Reach Out to Your Existing Contacts
Go through all of the contacts you have acquired through past positions, career fairs, school events, and personal connections and reach out to see if they know of any open positions you may be a good fit for. You never know where there might be an unadvertised opportunity waiting for you.

The key is to be proactive and start your search sooner rather than later—don’t take the summer off. Take the initiative, show an employer why they should offer you a position, and don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen right away. Simply enjoy your last days as a college student and make plans to hit the ground running post-graduation!

Looking for tips on crafting a stellar resume? Get helpful tips and advice in this post regarding what employers want to see on a resume.

1 – Bureau of Labor Statistics; http://www.bls.gov/opub/ted/2013/ted_20130405.htm

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