Rock your first….Internship!

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Planning to get some on-the-job training?  Here’s how to make the most of it.

Searching for the Right Job

What are the requirements of your course, how many hours do you need to clock in, and what field should you be looking into?  These are just some of the questions you need to ask when looking for a company you want to intern for.

Prepping Your Resume

Be concise and relevant.  List down experiences (such as the seminars you’ve attended) connected to the job you’re applying for.  Include skills that might be useful for the position—if you’re Microsoft Office- literate, know your way online, or can do Photoshop.

Dressing The Part

Make sure you know what the company policy is regarding office attire.  Even if you’re allowed to dress casually, always remember to look polished.  Nobody wants to see you in sweats and flip-flops!  And remember, as long as you’re an intern, you are a representative of the company you’re working for.

Expressing Your Interest

Some companies might require you to come to their office for an interview prior to your internship.  Remember to relax, answer questions as briefly and clearly as you can, and express how interested you are to work for their company.  They’ll consider someone who’s eager to work for them rather than someone indifferent.

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An intern should always…

Be punctual. 

If you really can’t help being late, inform your immediate superior about the delay.  People expect you to be on time, and if you’re not there when they need you, it’ll reflect badly on your evaluation.

Be prepared

When your boss calls you in, always have a pen and paper with you in case you need to jot something down.  They’ll appreciate your efficiency.

Be professional

There is a time to have fun and a time to get down to business.  Know when to act appropriately.

Making It Count

When you’re at work, you are using the company’s time and resources.  Make their investment in you worthwhile.  If you’re done with your tasks for the day, ask your superiors if they need help with anything.  If you’re lucky and they have nothing else for you to do, you might even get sent home early!

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie.