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Making yourself indispensable to job

Q. I have a summer internship that I hope will become a job in the fall, but don't know what to do to make that happen. I'm new at this.

Ans. If you've been going to school many years, and maybe holding part-time jobs, you probably noticed that the people that "get to the front of the line" somehow make themselves outstanding and, eventually "indispensable," using a variety of strategic moves. Make yourself useful to others so they depend upon you, be adaptable, open to change and new ideas. Some tips from Mark Samuel, author of Making Yourself Indispensable include: never say you will do something, then not do it; don't blame others when things go wrong, and focus on your own success at the expense, or exclusion, of others.

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