It’s important to know what employers look for when seeking the perfect person for the job since one of the main accomplishments of completing an internship is securing a job. Whether you secure a job with the company you interned for or if you seek full-time employment elsewhere, making  a good first impression is important but even more important is doing the right things that supervisors will sing you praises and provide excellent references. It’s imperative that you keep your eye on the goal and not get yourself off target since internships usually only last for several months. Usually employers seek candidates who possess previous experience in the field. For candidates who do not have any relevant experience, finding a job in a particular field of interest is going to be tough. During your college career, there’s no excuse as to why you cannot get two or three internships completed prior to graduating from college with three summers and 8 college semesters available. Getting similar internships with a slightly different focus can be helpful for those who are set on a particular career. But trying out different types of internships will provide the best advantage to become acquainted with various careers by working in different environments and meeting professionals in the field for those who have no idea about what they want to do.

 

The perfect intern

Another activity college students can engage in to find out more about specific careers is job shadowing. It’s another way to explore careers by finding a sponsor willing to commit to that limited length since job shadowing usually lasts only for one day to several weeks. Finding the perfect internship is not always easy. The competition for summer internships can often make them hard to find. Opportunities in finance, journalism, and government often have application deadlines as early as October. You will be ready to send your documents as internships get posted by early preparing your resume and cover letter.  It’s only just the start of becoming the perfect intern although finding the perfect internship can be somewhat daunting. Always be sure to keep future goals in mind, such as: establishing strong networks of professionals in the field and getting the real-work experience that employers look for in the job hiring process. It’s important to learn as much about the company as you can by visiting the company’s website as well as the company and employees even before the interview. You may even find alumni from your college that you can connect with prior to interviewing or starting your internship or job by using the Advanced button on the top right of your LinkedIn page.  You are showing your commitment to doing a good job rather than just punching a time card by showing up for work on-time and not bolting out the door at the end of the day. Employees who enjoy their job and look to find ways to do it better are not concerned about the time and don’t bolt at the end of the day.