For the majority of employers who offer out internships and work experience, it’s used as an opportunity to try out and recruit new full-time employees. For you, it’s a great way to gain valuable experience and help you to land a job.
However, it’s surprising to see how many interns miss the opportunity for full time employment by not approaching the employer for a job once their internship ends.
If you want to stay on with the company, you’ll need to have established your commitment to the business, built relationships with colleagues and have a solid track-record of excellent work.
So, if you are interested in turning an internship or work experience into a full-time job offer, here are some techniques to help you increase your chances of getting hired.
Make it clear to your manager
Some interns only take an internship to gain experience and acquire certain skills. Others use work experience to see what it’s like to work in a particular industry.
Therefore, your manager isn’t going to know that you’d like a full-time position afterwards unless you make it clear. Arrange a moment to sit down with your boss and articulate why you’d like to stay on. You’ll also need to discuss what you can offer the company.
Ask for feedback
Requesting feedback from your manager is a great way to underline your strengths and weaknesses. Emphasise that you’re there to learn and any feedback provided will be taken constructively.
This will show the employer that you’re passionate about developing your career within their company and that you’re willing to take on board their advice.
Build your evidence
Don’t rely solely on your boss to keep track of your accomplishments. Ensure you have a list ready to reel off your achievements and explain how you’ve really settled into the company.
If you’ve already established a great track record of delivering excellent work then you should be able to successfully back up your claims.
Always think of your internship as an extended job interview and put your best foot forward at all times.
Widen your opportunities
Don’t limit yourself by assuming your boss is the only person to speak to about hiring. If there are other departments in the company, it might be worth introducing yourself and building up a rapport.
This means that when the time does come to discussing your future, you will have gained visibility, built up relationships and widened your opportunity to be considered for a full-time position.
Keep in touch
You might find that regardless of your excellent work ethic, there just aren’t any opportunities available right away. If this is the case then make sure you find ways to keep in touch with the company.
You can start by sending out a thank you note to your manager and anyone else you worked with during your time at the company. Before you leave, reach out to the HR and recruitment teams to highlight your interest in a full-time position and provide them with up-to-date contact information.
You could even draft up a few business cards. That way, you maintain a source of communication and show your professionalism right from the start. This will leave a long-lasting impression with your employees.
Occasionally, check in with your colleagues to say hello and remind them of your interest in the business. Being persistent and upholding a professional attitude will likely lead to a job offer in the future.
Are you ready to ask for a job after your internship/work experience finishes?
If you’re coming to the end of your internship or work experience then you need to spend time with your manager and really emphasise your interest in the company. Never be afraid to discuss how much you would like to become part of the team.
Whether you’re at the beginning or in the final few days of your internship or work experience, put yourself out there and build a rapport with the people you meet as it could lead to opportunities further along down the line.
Finally, ensure that you start exhibiting your professionalism early on. Leave a few business cards or keep in regular contact with your colleagues as you never know where it could lead. You could walk out of your internship one day and into full-time employment the next.
Guest Blog this week from: Sophie Blumenthal of CV Library.
Thank you Sophie.
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