How to Leave a Lasting Impression
Posted on May 27, 2015
Whether you are preparing to transition your internship into a full time job, interning full-time after college, or preparing to enter a new fall internship, it’s important to always remember some basic ways to leave your internship like a boss. I am featured in this U.S. News article discussing 10 tips for leaving a lasting impression. While this article is primarily geared towards leaving your internship on a high note, they are qualities that you should maintain as you move throughout your career as well. These are my top 10 tips:
- Don’t slack off. You need to put forward a 100% effort until the day you leave.
- Do something noteworthy. Etiquette expert, Diane Gottsman, suggests creating a manual of your duties at your internship, so whoever takes over your position will have a step-by-step workbook of your daily activities.
- Ask for feedback. Have a 15-minute performance evaluation with your boss before you leave your internship so you can discuss your strengths and weaknesses. This will help you understand what you need to work on before you start your full-time career.
- Say thank you. Email co-workers and thank them for their involvement in your great internship experience. Follow up these emails with a handwritten note, which should be short, sweet, and to the point.
- Express your interest in a future job (if you have such interest). Or in the case of your career, a new opportunity. Don’t assume that your boss thinks this is a given.
- Secure a reference or two. Listing an internship reference will show future employers that you were confident enough in your work to ask for a reference.
- Ask for a letter of recommendation. Save this for someone you worked closely with, and give them time to put it together. It would be helpful to send a summary of the work that you completed to make it easier for them to pull everything together.
- Snag a LinkedIn endorsement. Update your LinkedIn profile and ask for a 2-3 sentence recommendation. Again, make this process seamless for your employer.
- After you leave, track your company. Staying up to date on the company shows that you’re paying attention, doing your homework, and still have great interest in the company.
- Leave like a boss. Leave your colleagues on a humble, thankful note, and give a genuine goodbye. Remember, this internship was done, in part, to build a network.