How to Turn Your Internship Into a Full-Time Job

July 30, 2013

Career Advice

Screen Shot 2013-07-25 at 5.21.33 PMPerhaps you have just graduated and your summer is being spent interning while you look for a full-time job. Or maybe you’re a college senior who has an internship lined up for fall — maybe even here at Spectrum Brands! Regardless of your situation, you are holding a job opportunity on a silver platter. Here’s how to make the most out of your internship. (The most being a job offer!)

1. Ask the right questions.
Ask intelligent questions and ask them at the right times — and don’t ask too many. It’s a balancing act. As a new intern, you might feel like you’re drowning at first. Show some initiative when it’s appropriate. But when you’re truly lost or confused, speak up.

2. Network, network, network.
Unfortunately, not every company can hire every intern — even the great ones. It takes a great intern and the right opportunity at the perfect time to make a job offer. Either way, you’re in an excellent situation. You’re working day in and day out with a group of talented people who all have connections with other talented people. Go meet them! Learn from them! Ask questions!

3. Set goals — and reach them!
By the end of the internship, you should have accomplished something. Set goals and deadlines that will help you reach those goals. Be sure to report to your boss with updates on your progress. Show that you’re growing and learning — and that you’re helping the company out while doing it.

Image via Sean McEntee/Flickr.

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About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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