News Source: Inc.com, August 14, 2017
Internships at large companies such as Microsoft, Facebook, and IBM are highly sought after by college students because of the high income (as much as $8,000 per month) as well as the strong possibility of getting hired when finished. However, there are things you can do to make yourself stand out from your peers to increase your chances of getting hired. Here, some HR experts tell you how to increase your chances of land a job with your intern employer.
- Do more than what’s asked of you: you should show your initiative on the job, and always do more than what is expected of you.
- Feedback is a gift: Ask your superior how you might better your job performance. “It never hurts to ask in-depth questions about your performance, areas you excelled in, and potential blind spots.” If you have to improve your job skills, then do it. This demonstrates your willingness to learn and improve yourself.
- Show you are an asset to the company in your end-of-internship interview: “At Facebook, we put a huge emphasis on how an intern can demonstrate impact through a project, a bug fix, or any other initiatives,” the chief of college and university recruiting at Facebook says.
- Make it clear to your internship company that you are interested in a full-time position: Express your intent freely to your intern company. Don’t be shy. You should have discussions with your manager(s) several times before your final week. If there is no job offer for now, keep an eye out for future openings. You should also keep in touch with the key personnel responsible for helping you land a job.
- Market yourself online: Take advantage of online social media to boost your visibility. Maybe you can build your own website, and market yourself to the world. You can also tweet about your internship experience.
Get Hired after Internship
College-USA.org would like to remind you, aside from these 5 suggestions by HR experts, that you should also:
- Be a team member. Don’t think that you are more important than others.
- Be responsible if you make a mistake. No excuses!
- Grow with the company and keep learning or get left behind.