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How to Rock Your Internship and Get Hired in the Process

How to Rock Your Internship and Get Hired in the Process

The job search can be a tough uphill battle. You need to have the right skills, connections, and experience to get noticed by your dream organizations. One of the ways you may have tried to score that “in” are through internships. In fact, research indicates that 40.7 percent of young professional have completed at least one internship. However, how do you amplify these experiences in order to land a job once it’s all said and done?

Let’s be real: The point of an internship is to hone your talents, meet thought leaders, and of course, nab an open position, should the luck be in your favor. So, what are some ways to rock your internship and get hired in the process?

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Go the Paid Route

Conventional wisdom definitely shows that, more often than not, you would choose a paid internship role if the opportunity presented itself. However, did you know paid interns are also more likely to get hired? In fact, 61 percent of paid interns receive at least one job offer. Plus, paid interns are happier and more engaged, which contributes to better work ethics and positive performances.

Request Access to Mentors

Mentors are important. So important 47.3 percent of interns reported wanting to gain access to them. Not only can mentors give some real-time feedback and advice on your current projects, they can also give you some valuable insight into your career path.

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For instance, if you were in an advertising internship, your boss can teach you the ins and outs of the industry, what software or programs you should know, and which skills you need to brush up on. While just being in an internship can provide you with this information, mentorship provides it on a more personal level. Plus, it provides you with that one-on-one time with someone who may be influential in the hiring process.

Ask for Real-Work Experience

Interns have long been thought to be coffee-runners or errand messengers. However real-work experiences are what’s going to show off your skills and get you hired in the end. Now, I know asking for real-work experiences can be intimidating, but taking the reigns of a project can show your internship employer that you’re serious about a career way past the tenure of the program.

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The key is to jump at an opportunity when it’s presented to you. Let’s say a full-time team member is swamped on a client project during your advertising internship. You can lend your skills, such as copywriting, design, or brand research. This not only takes some of the burden off their plates, it also shows your enthusiasm for the role and eagerness to take on real work.

Do More Than the Bare Minimum

Employers want to hire star players. They also don’t want those star players to go to different organizations, especially their competition. By proving that you’re more than an “intern,” you let others see you as a contributing member of the staff, instead of someone with a three-month timeline. Going above and beyond is how you can prove this.

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Maybe you finished all your tasks for the day, but still have a few hours left on the clock. Ask anyone if they need help. Perhaps you came up with an awesome new business idea. Present your plan to your boss. Or, maybe you want to learn everything you can about the industry. Suggest representing your organization at a professional development event. Doing more than the bare minimum creates value. By doing so, you can become so much more than an intern; you can become the next great hire.

When you take on an internship, remember what the end-goals should be: Learning, doing, and hopefully, staying on. Use these tips as a springboard to rock your internship and get hired in the process.

What do you think? What are some other ways to get hired after your internship?

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

Knowledge is power, and you’re going to need a lot of it if you’re going to be able to steer your business to success.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best entrepreneurs books to get inspirations about success and grow your business.

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

    This book has been dubbed the Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature, and it was actually the first book that gave a prescription of what it takes to be a winner.

    Napoleon Hill draws from the stories of millionaires like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison to illustrate the principles he put forth.

    Get the book here!

    2. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis

      A lot of startups end up failing, but many of these failures are actually avoidable. The Lean Startup provides a different approach that is now being adopted all over the world and changing the way that companies are developed and products are being launched.

      In The Lean Startup, Eric Reis describes what is required for a company to penetrate the fog of uncertainty in order to discover a path to a sustainable and successful business.

      Get the book here!

      3. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

        In a revised edition of the 150,000-copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber refutes some of the myths that surround starting your own business and shows just how commonplace assumptions can end up getting in the way of being able to run a successful business.

        Gerber succeeds in walking the reader through the steps that occur in the life of a business, from infancy, through the pains of growing as an adolescent, to the perspective of the mature entrepreneur.

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        Get the book here!

        4. Rework by Jason Fried

          Most of the business books that you get today will give you the same advice: draft a business plan, study the competition, look for investors, and all that.

          However, Rework shows you a more effective, easier and faster means of succeeding when running a business. By reading it, you’ll be able to know why some plans are harmful, why you don’t really need to get investors, and why you’re better of shutting out your competition.

          Get the book here!

          5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

            This is one of the most successful motivational books in history, selling well over 15 million copies since it was released in 1936. The book is timeless, and it appeals to businesses, self-help startups, and general readers.

            Carnegie believes that a lot of successes come from an ability to communicate rather than having brilliant insights. In his book, he teaches how to value others and make them feel appreciated and loved.

            Get the book here!

            6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

              Through this amazing book, Malcolm Gladwell is able to take the reader on an intellectual journey through the world of ‘outliers’. He asks the question of what truly differentiates high-achievers.

              His answer to this question is that we tend to pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and less attention to where they are actually from.

              Get the book here!

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              7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

                This is the best personal finance book ever written. It tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two fathers; his real father, and that of his best friend (his rich dad), as well as how the two men helped him shape his opinions on money and investing.

                It refutes the myth that you need to earn high to become rich, and it distinguishes between working for money and having money work for you.

                Get the book here!

                8. The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

                  Niall Ferguson, in this book, follows the money to tell the story behind the evolution of the word’s financial system, from the beginning way back in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest occurrences in what he had dubbed Planet Finance.

                  Fergusson also reveals financial history as the backstory behind our very own history, with an argument that the evolution of debt and credit is as significant as the history of technological innovation and the rise of civilization.

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                  9. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

                    Michael Lewis landed a job at Salomon Brothers after getting out of the London School of Economics and Princeton within three years, he had risen to the rank of bond salesman, making millions for the firm and cashing out steadily.

                    Liar’s Poker is the amalgamation of these years — a look behind the scenes at one of the most turbulent times in American business. His book is Lewis’s account of an era where greed and gluttony were the order of the day.

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                    10. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Michael H. Pink

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                      A lot of people see money as the best motivator. Michael pink says it’s a mistake.

                      In this provocative book, he asserts that the secret to high performance anywhere is the need to direct our lives, to learn and create, and to do better by our world and ourselves.

                      Get the book here!

                      11. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

                        Outdated methods don’t work in today’s world. In this book, Allen shares some awesome methods for stress-free performance that he has shared with thousands of people all over the world.

                        His premise? That productivity is proportional to your ability to relax.

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                        12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

                          In this book, Stephen Covey presents a holistic approach for overcoming both professional and personal issues. With insights and anecdotes, Covey presents a way to live with integrity fairness, service and dignity.

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                          13. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

                            In this book, Ferriss dishes on the tips he has learned from studying the New Rich, a subculture of people who did away with the deferred life plan and mastered time and mobility to developed luxury lifestyles for themselves.

                            If you’re looking to make your way in this revolutionary new world, this here is your compass.

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                            14. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

                              The CEO of Zappos shows how a unique kind of corporate identity can help deliver a huge difference in the way results are being achieved — by creating a company that values and delivers happiness.

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                              15. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

                                From Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records and V2 to Virgin Cola, Virgin Megastores and a wide array of other companies, Richard Branson is the rockstar billionaire that a lot of us want to be.

                                Branson, however, did business by following a simple philosophy:

                                “Oh, screw it, let’s do it”

                                Losing My Virginity is an unusual, borderline outrageous autobiography of one of the greatest business geniuses in the world. Branson and his friends named their business “Virgin” because that was what they were — virgins at the game.

                                Since then, he’s written his success rules, creating a global business that has no headquarters, no management structure no corporate identity as it were.

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