A couple years ago, we published a video called “Virtual Internships – How to Jump from Intern to Manager.” Today, we’re going to cover that topic with a bit more detail. Below are some of the steps you should take if you don’t want to stay an intern forever.
This might seem obvious, but as a new intern, you need to make sure people know who you are. Make sure you introduce yourself at the beginning of every meeting. Message coworkers on Skype or send them an email. Ensure they have a great first impression of who you are.
Pay attention to others
Even though you’re not in an office, you can still get an idea of what can take you from intern to manager. Keep track of successful employees. Are there one or two people everyone seems to keep praising? Make notes of how they behave and try to mirror their efforts.
Network and establish relationships
Although it’s great to introduce yourself to coworkers, you should get to know them as well! Set up a meeting with those high performers from above and ask them what their secrets are. Learn about their experiences and how they were able to land their jobs.
Also, make sure to be friendly with the HR department! Human resources and recruiters are sometimes the best “in” to finding a job at a company, especially if you already know one another!
At the end of your internship, say goodbye to everyone individually. Once you’ve left, consider sending snail mail thank-you notes. Your coworkers will remember you as thoughtful (plus, who doesn’t like getting a letter?).
Before you leave, make sure to clarify that you’re interested in a full-time position. Ask about career opportunities. Even if nothing’s available immediately, stay in touch with your supervisor and HR department. It’ll be that much easier for them to let you know about any openings.
I can’t seem to get from intern to manager ….
Know that going from intern to manager might not happen right away. Likely, you’ll start out as a regular employee before becoming a manager. That’s OK! What’s important is that you stay persistent. Keep applying and interviewing. Your hard work will pay off!
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