Top Tips for how to get a job after an internship

 

Here are some top tips for internships/first jobs picked up over the last few months starting out in marketing (although they work for all jobs).

 

When asked for A, give A + B.

If you find yourself in an internship or work experience you should believe you are desperate to get a job offer. This is because you can never take anything for granted and even if you don’t think the place is for you, it may suddenly become your only option later down the line.

So, when someone sets you a task, do it on time and aim to add on a cherry on top. For example, if someone asks you to research 10 new water brands, do 12. Or if someone asks you for a cup of tea, bring a biscuit for dunking on the side. The smallest gesture of going beyond the call of duty will make the greatest of impressions.

 

Be aware of your character

You are being judged on two things – your behaviour and your outputs. For behaviour – be bold, smile, ask people about their lives – don’t just keep your head down to look hard-working as showing your personality really matters.

Learn everyone’s name. It’s not weird to write a list and stalk on Facebook to get an image, sit down and memorise them.

On your first day, send an email to the whole team introducing your-self and ask people to go to lunch/drink after work in the first week. If you are too timid and miss this window it will get exponentially more difficult. Be brave.

 

Maximise good outputs

Outputs are anything you present, from cups of tea to presentations to news clippings. Each one represents you, the aim is to maximise favourable ones. Millions of slightly scrappy ones is just as bad as very few.

All too often, internal documents are treated differently to client facing documents. People think it is worth saving the seconds on formatting and spell checking and printing, as they won’t be judged by colleges. However, as an intern, you will be judged. With this in mind, make all documents client facing quality. It will give the impression you care and completed the task properly. Just 4 minutes extra formatting a list of top tips with subtitles in bold, some bullet points, the company’s logo etc. can double the credit you receive.

Here are some tips on writing client-facing documents:

1.      Tone and Language:

  • Don’t say anything is ‘wrong’ or ‘rubbish’ about their plan/feedback/your work.
  • Improve the positives, and ‘pivot’ around weaknesses.

 

2.      Format:

  • Add your/their corporate branding.
  • Do you need to write ‘Private and Confidential’ in the header/footer.

 

3.      Structure:

  • Simplicity is key.
  • Write a clear, short intro summery at the top to give an overview of whatever is contained in the doc and its purpose within the wider work.
  • Note whether the doc is an independent piece of work or part of a bigger story. You don’t want them thinking you have done a bad job if really its only Part 1 of many.
  • Include follow up info – what is the next step, the time frame for their response, what you need from them and who the contact person is.

 

4.      Read it as a client:

  • Is it all true?
  • Is it all news to the client? Don’t tell them stuff they know.

 

Finally, if an output is good and you are proud of it, make sure everyone knows you are responsible for it. If you are set a piece of work on a client by your line manager, when it’s done send it to the whole team. If you see any interesting, relevant news send it to the whole team. The day before you are about to leave send a message to the whole team thanking them for all the great times and learning’s – and invite them to have a drink after work on your last day.