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How to Turn Internships and Temporary Work into Full Time Employment


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How to Turn Internships and Temporary Work into Full Time Employment

  1. 1. How to Turn Internships & Temporary Work into Full Time Employment Presented by: Heather R. Huhman Sponsored by Job & Career Accelerator
  2. 2. Who am I? Founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and employers Career expert & experienced hiring manager Author of #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010) Career expert for a number of other orgs
  3. 3. Introduction Companies are turning to temporary employees & interns to fill vacancies & help solve corporate challenges – 36% of companies will hire contract or temporary workers in 2012 – Of the those companies, 35% have plans to hire them on a permanent basis – Intern hiring was up 7% in 2010-2011 compared to the previous year 3
  4. 4. How to Find Internship Opportunities Check internship job sites – – – – – Local resources – Career centers – Craigslist 4
  5. 5. How to Find Internship Opportunities Follow target companies on social media – Be the first to know about openings – Connect directly with hiring managers and HR – Use Twitter, LinkedIn & Facebook, among others Check company career sites – Many large companies have seasonal internship programs – Smaller orgs might need interns throughout the year 5
  6. 6. How to Create Your Own Internship If no program is in place – Ask the employer to consider creating a position for you – Set up a meeting with a hiring manager or HR – Come prepared • Knowing which department you want to work in • Aware of challenges the employer might be facing & how you can solve them 6
  7. 7. How I Created My Own Internship  Targeted a specific company  Drafted a proposal  Approached would-be supervisor  Worked together to create the internship 7
  8. 8. Temporary Jobs Temp positions often have an end date Might also be referred to as “contractual”, “freelance”, “seasonal”, “interim”, etc. Could be full- or part- time 8
  9. 9. How to Work With Temporary Staffing Agencies  Employers often use temp agencies to fill short-term jobs because of their access to a wide applicant pool  Many agencies specialize in a particular field or industry 9
  10. 10. How to Work With Temporary Staffing Agencies Find the right agency for you based on your field and skills Many allow you to apply to temp jobs online – – 10
  11. 11. How to Work With Temporary Staffing Agencies The agency might require you to complete standard tests to see how your skills measure up Your information is then stored in a database – When an employer contacts the agency with a need, they contact you if you are a good match for the skill set the company is seeking 11
  12. 12. How to Work With Temporary Staffing Agencies Tips for a successful relationship with your temp agency: – Keep in regular contact about your availability when you are unemployed – Complete assignments to the best of your ability • You never know…it could lead to a full-time job! – Contact your agency with any concerns if the job doesn’t pan out as described 12
  13. 13. How to Turn an Internship or Temp Job into Full-Time Be proactive Complete work to the best of your ability Cultivate good work relationships Add colleagues to your professional network 13
  14. 14. How to Turn an Internship or Temp Job into Full-Time  Treat it like an extended job interview  Dress the part  Seek out challenges  Ask questions  Take notes  Participate in meetings 14
  15. 15. How to Turn an Internship or Temp Job into Full-Time Become indispensible Act as if you’re a full- time staffer Be flexible Practice discipline & focus 15
  16. 16. How to Turn an Internship or Temp Job into Full-Time  Find a mentor  Ask for feedback  Know the company inside & out  Be assertive  Always be respectful  Leave a positive impression 16
  17. 17. Real Stories of Transitioning Carlos Moore, a graphic-design student, was commissioned by the University of Arizona to film & photograph Macy’s Chief Executive Terry Lundgren Lundgren’s assistant later asked Moore to create a highlight DVD of the visits That work led to a marketing internship with Macy’s and he now works as a Macy’s art director (source: WSJ) 17
  18. 18. Real Stories of Transitioning Amanda Standidge admired Kobo & often searched for job openings in her field Eventually applied for an HR intern job Her drive, determination & hard work impressed her boss & helped her go from intern to full-time, permanent employee Today, she works as an Employee Experience Coordinator (source: TalentEgg) 18
  19. 19. Real Stories of Transitioning Paul Sevcik accepted an internship with The Gabriel Institute When the internship ended, he accepted a position with another company & found that he was unhappy after 90 days After quitting his new job, he asked the CEO of The Gabriel Institute out to breakfast the next morning 19
  20. 20. Real Stories of Transitioning His internship was reignited with the possibility of temp-to-hire 3 months later, he became a full-time employee He’s now the Client Services Manager (source: 20
  21. 21. Real Stories of Transitioning Within my own company, Come Recommended, I’ve promoted several interns into full-time positions Katie started out as our Media Relations Intern, was promoted several times, & now works as Vice President Tessa began as our PR & Marketing Intern & is now a Senior Content Creator 21
  22. 22. Questions? Heather R. Huhman Founder & President Come Recommended Twitter: @heatherhuhman 22