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Turn Internship into Full-Time Job

Q. I've been an intern in my chosen field for two months. As the summer ends, I'm hoping to turn this great opportunity into a real job somewhere. Any suggestions how I can do that?

Ans. Even if you don't get a job from this internship, remember the many things you did get: experience in your field to list on future resumes; an opportunity to work with and network among professionals in your field; a new understanding of the work you actually may do for the rest of your life in your career-that you never really learned about in school. Most important, you should have met some people that will remain lifelong friends, and also some people to stay in contact with who may help you find jobs later. In the days or weeks before you leave, give each a resume with personal cover letter and card, explaining that you are eager to follow in their footsteps and hope they will help you find further employment in the field. Then call each one the week after you're gone and remind them to please keep an eye out for that. Emphasize that you're willing to begin at any available spot.

Keeping 'Eyes on the Ball' in Summer

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