With a highly competitive job market, finding full time work is no easy task. Getting your foot in the door is tough, and one solution may be to intern at the company you want to work for and hope that that internship leads to a paid position. There’s no guarantee of this, but there are some things you can do to increase your chances.
Be the first to arrive and the last to leave.
We’re not suggesting you arrive before the office has opened for the day, but making the point to be there bright and early, and not running for the door the second the clock strikes five, will show that you’re a good employee who’s not afraid to put the effort in. They might not mention it at the time, but they will notice.
Make yourself useful.
If your boss is busy and unavailable to tell you what to do next don’t just sit around waiting until they’re free. Show that you have initiative and look for what you could be usefully doing. Even if it’s just tidying up the kitchen area. Show them how great your work ethic is.
Even if after a tough morning all you want to do is to have some quiet time and be alone on your lunchbreak, resist the urge. Try to have lunch with your colleagues and get to know them. One of the top things which employers look for in a new hire is someone who will fit well within the team.
Make the most of the opportunity.
Ask if you can sit in on a meeting, shadow different people within the company who have different job roles, ask questions and take notes. Not to the extent that you’re a burden instead of a help, but showing a keen interest in the company in this way will show that you’re serious about the job and eager to do well. There’s showing up to work, and then there’s really showing up for work.
Ask if there are any jobs available.
It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you don’t ask, you don’t get. If there’s no job opening at the time, there may be one coming soon. Show intent.
There’s no guarantee that doing all of this will lead to a permanent position within the company, but at the very least it should mean your employer writes you a shining reference which will really help you on your job hunt.