Glenford Smith career writer
QUESTION: I am a university student who is an avid reader of your weekly Gleaner Careers column. I am currently doing an internship at a company that withdrew its scholarship because I didn't meet the required grade point average. The thing is, I really like this company and want to work there after my internship, because I understand how hard it is to get a job. I have sent out many resumes and have only landed two interviews so far. Here's my question: Apart from working hard, which I'm doing, how else can I become indispensable to my supervisor and the company, so that I can get a job there, by any means possible?
- Ambitious Intern
CAREERS: Thank you for reading the Gleaner Careers column. I welcome your lengthy email, which I had to edit for column space. I wish to commend you for having won the scholarship in the first place. On the other hand, I also have to express disappointment that you squandered it by failing to earn the required GPA. Not only would you have renewed your scholarship, but you would have significantly increased the chances of getting a job at the company upon completion of your studies.
One important lesson to learn about success is how to recognise and exploit opportunities. It is not true that opportunities come but once. However, missed or squandered opportunities make it harder to attain your important career and life goals.
The key here is to learn from your experience. In this regard, I commend your initiative in writing for advice.
Working as an intern at the company is another excellent opportunity. To make full use of it, focus on mastering the following five things:
1. Practise an excellent work attitude: Be professional in how you dress, speak and interact with others. Come to work on time, don't waste time fraternising, browsing the internet, talking on the phone or gossiping with other workers. Also, show a willingness to learn by being open to criticism and correction.
2. Complete your work assignments excellently and on time: Ultimately, your ability to get your tasks done will play a huge role in how you're perceived by your supervisor.
3. Take time to understand your supervisor's job: Especially the important results he or she must deliver. Be proactive in offering specific, practical help in achieving one or two of these outcomes. For example, if an important report needs to be written, take the initiative by gathering the information for him or her, and even preparing a draft.
4. Be available: Arrive before work hours and stay behind after work hours. Ask your supervisor if there's anything you can assist with in these extra hours. If not, just inform him or her that you'll be around if needed.
5. Keep the faith: You said that your supervisor indicated that there was no vacancy for hiring you, and wondered if all your hard work was a waste of time. The answer is no - it can still pay off. Persist in being excellent, and your performance record will help to give you what you desire.
Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of "From Problems to Power" and co-author of "Profile of Excellence". firstname.lastname@example.org