Are you currently in an internship that you hope turns into a full-time job? In many ways, a successful internship is a natural pathway to a full-time position. However, taking the right approach to asking for a full-time job once you’ve completed your internship is an art within itself. It’s important to remember that every company is different, and full-time jobs following internships can’t always be expected. If you’re hoping to land a full-time gig, here are some steps to start taking now:
Make sure you’ve maximized your internship experience.
Before you jump to the prospect of becoming a full-time employee, it’s critical to first evaluate whether you’ve made the most of your internship experience and put your best foot forward. In many cases, this involves treating your internship as if it were a job – reporting to your internship on time; regularly checking in with your supervisor; and meeting all deadlines and expectations. By demonstrating a strong work ethic in your internship, you’ll show the employer you have what it takes to be a successful employee.
Take an inventory of your goals and accomplishments.
As you navigate your way through your internship, it’s important to keep track of what you accomplish. Whether the achievements are big or small, compiling a list of completed projects, assignments and contributions will help you effectively present your accomplishments to the employer when the time comes to inquire about a full-time position. Additionally, it’s a good idea to make a list of goals you have for yourself at the company. Having a clear set of career goals in mind will allow you to sell yourself not just as a prospective employee, but as a professional who genuinely wants to make a positive impact on the company.
Communicate actively with your supervisor.
Throughout your internship, it’s imperative to actively communicate with your supervisor and express your long-term interest in being part of the company. As your internship ends, be sure to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your supervisor to ask for performance feedback, recap your experience and thank them for the opportunity. During this time, be sure to share your goals and desire to work at the company in a full-time capacity. Even if a full-time job does not appear on the horizon, it’s best to express gratitude and stay in touch with your supervisor even once your internship is completed. In many cases, opportunities will open up in the future and you’ll be first on the list of potential candidates!
While there are no guarantees that any internship will turn into a job, taking these steps will enhance your candidacy for future positions and further demonstrate to the employer that you’re committed to the company.