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How to Help Your Future Career with Your Summer Job

While landing a summer job or internship in your field can do wonderful things for your resume, there are far more long-term benefits to these opportunities than adding another bullet point to your list of experiences. Any time your line of work is involved, from meeting a  new contact, to working temporarily at your dream company, you have the opportunity to help move your career forward. Check out this list of tips on how you can seize these opportunities at your internship or job this summer!

Save Everything:

If you’re spending this summer assisting an advertising company, assuming you have permission, save copies of what you worked on. If you have to give a presentation to a group of people this summer, save all of the materials. If you came up with a list of ideas for a project that got pulled before you could even share your thoughts on it, don’t toss out the legal pad! By saving everything you’re working on, you’re creating the contents of a polished portfolio that will highly benefit you at your next big interview. By saving your ideas and thoughts from a variety of projects, you’ll have a well of inspiration for future similar projects.

Make Contacts (And Keep Them):

During your time spent at your summer job or internship, try to meet as many people as you can, as well as you can. Get their contact information so you can stay in touch when you’re back in school.  Update them periodically on your life and your achievements. When graduation comes, these will be the people who may be able to point you in the direction of a job opening, and it doesn’t hurt to have them on your side.

Get Letters of Recommendation:

Before you leave to go back to college at the end of this summer, have your employer write you a general letter of recommendation. This will allow you to have one on file when you need it, and it will likely be written well, having your capabilities and achievements fresh in the writer’s mind. If you wait a few months or even a few years to ask for it, they may say no, the letters won’t be as specific or accurate, or worse, they may have trouble remembering who you are.

Get Advice:

One of the best benefits you can get out of your summer job or internship is advice from those who are already in the real world, doing what you want to do. Pick the minds of a variety of people there, from those at the top of the hierarchy who have been around for a while, as well as those only a few years older than you. They’ll be able to tell you how to break into the field, what can best prepare you for an entry-level job, and other secrets that may not have reached the academic realm just yet.

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4 Ways to End Your Summer Internship on a Good Note

Cappex SunThe internship during college summer break is becoming the elusive fruit for college students. With the state of the job market, internships are all the more essential to land a job after college graduation since they give you the competitive edge of having that real world job experience employers are looking for.

So, we have 4 tips to ensure that if you are currently working a summer internship you end the summer on the best note you possibly can to land a job in the future.

1. Finish strong
You might only have two weeks left in your internship before you head back to college. So…Make. It. Count.  The summer’s flown by, and maybe you haven’t gotten the chance you’ve wanted to flex your proverbial muscle to the boss. The best thing you can do is go above and beyond with the task at hand. Finish the projects you’re assigned with flying colors. Even if it’s just inputting numbers into a spreadsheet, do it with gusto. Have a smile on your face. Laugh at your boss’s jokes even if he’s told the same one to you six times, and you didn’t find it funny the first time. For the most part, your employer knows that they have you doing the boring stuff, so just show them that you’re a nice, hardworking person to have around the office.

2. Show some of your personality
It’s super hard to be yourself when you’re hoping that people like you enough to possibly hire you in the future. The pressure turns a lot of usually bubbly co-eds into twenty-something robots. But, after you’ve been working your internship for most of the summer and finally feel more comfortable at the office, show a little more of your personality. It will make it a lot easier for your employer to distinguish you from the rest of the company’s future job applicants because you do that hilarious impression of a zombie Charlie Chaplin chasing a a chicken.

3. Ask for feedback
This is the perfect time to ask your boss or supervisor for some feedback. You might think you know what the company thinks of you and your work so far, but you may be surprised. Who knows? They might mistake your stern seriousness about your work for being really bored at the office. Not only will feedback help you become a better employee, but it’s a time to let your supervisor know what’s going through your head as well, like, all those amazing ideas you have to stop global warming or where that the next office party should be at Zigorno’s because then everybody can get whatever they want to eat AND play extreme dodgeball.

4. Express your future career interest
Whether it’s the same meeting or different one, setting up a time to let your employer know what you see for future is great idea. The reason for this is because you might actually not be interested in working at the place you’re interning. You might have totally different career goals for a multitude of reasons. Letting your employer know this won’t make them think less of you as long you’re doing your job well. In fact, they’re still great contacts to have for the future. If you’re working at a bank but you’ve realized you want to go into public relations, perhaps your boss can get you an interview with his wife’s cousin who owns a boutique PR firm.

If you are interested in the place you’re currently working, let them know as well. Companies want enthusiastic employees who demonstrate interest in them. So if you want in after graduation, let them know you’d appreciate it if they kept you in mind for the future and that you’re the one who brought the homemade chocolate covered pretzels in the kitchen.

Any other tips for interns? Share thoughts by leaving a comment below!