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5 Tips On Turning An Internship Into A Job Offer

By Lauren @BubbleJobs

Whether you’ve finished university or college, or you’re looking for a total career change, you may have accepted an internship at a company as a way of gaining experience in your chosen industry.

While these internships are really useful and look great on your CV, they can also sometimes turn into a full time job opportunity if you impress the employer enough.

But how do you go about turning a short-term internship into a permanent career opportunity? Well, these tips will give you some ideas!

Disclaimer: We’re not guaranteeing that if you follow this advice you’ll be offered a job – different businesses have different hiring arrangements and budgets – but doing these things will maximise your chances of really impressing your employer.

Do Your Research

Before you start your internship, it’s a really good idea to research the company and how it operates so you’re ready to hit the ground running when you arrive.

Check out the company website, recent press releases and their social media activity and content to get a feel for how they work.

This will show the employer that you’re serious about the opportunity and not just treating it as something you can put on your CV.

Be Eager To Learn

Being inquisitive and showing an enthusiasm for the company and your internship will really impress the employer and might even result in a permanent job offer.

If there’s something you don’t understand or an area of the business you want to learn more about, don’t be afraid to ask questions to learn more about the organisation.

Be careful: while it’s great to be enthusiastic and eager to learn, you don’t want to annoy your co-workers by constantly badgering them with lots of questions.

If they seem busy, wait until they’re free before trying to engage them in conversation – they have a job to do too.

Treat It Like A Real Job

Just because this is an internship, that doesn’t mean you should take a laissez-faire attitude towards it and not take it as seriously as you would a “proper” job.

Make sure you dress appropriately and adhere to the company’s dress code, turn up on time and don’t leave until the end of the working day and ensure that you finish all of your tasks on time and to a high standard.

Treating your internship with the same respect and dedication that you would a full-time job will show the employer that you’re more than capable of performing at that level.

Engage With Everyone

While an internship is quite daunting and you may be feeling a little shy and quite overwhelmed, you should make an effort to get to know everyone in the business.

From introducing yourself to the receptionist to having a chat with the managing director – you should try to engage with everyone in your office at least once.

Making a good first impression with everyone will ensure that you’re not forgotten – but avoid engaging in any gossip or negative office politics, otherwise you’ll end up being remembered for all the wrong reasons.

Give 100%

Finally, this may seem really obvious but you really need to give your all in an internship – especially if you’re hoping to bag a job at the end of it.

While this sort of work placement is for you to gain experience and learn things about the industry, it’s also about showing off what you can do and what you can offer to the business.

When completing tasks, treat each one like an individual test that you’ll be marked on and put the maximum effort and thought into every piece of work you do – no matter how small.

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