How to avoid a future like Lena Dunham’s character on ‘Girls’

In the HBO series ‘Girls’ Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, finds herself at a crossroads when she fails to her turn her internship into a job after a year of working there… for free.

How do we college students avoid having to move back to our parent’s house, work at local restaurants and default on our student loans?

Below are a few tips to get you at least a little closer to a job offer letter.

Be Proactive:

Nearly every article, employer and advice columnist urges interns to do this. It is essential that employers see you really showing what you are made of.  If you finish your tasks don’t log on to Facebook or Twitter, ask for more work, reach out to other employees and asks them questions. Use your time there as the ultimate learning resource. Show your employers what kind of employee you’d be, believe it or not they are watching.

Speak Up:

Terry Pile at Fox News wrote a great article on how to get hired after an internship. Perhaps the most interesting piece of advice was to not be shy about expressing your goals and wants. Too often, especially among women, we feel that we shouldn’t speak up for whatever irrational fears we may have. This is doing a serious disservice to yourself and your career.

Pay Attention to Office Culture:

Often times getting hired has a lot to do with that dread “N” word- Networking. But paying attention the daily interactions and practices of the office can help. By adapting to the culture you make it easier for the staff to bond with you and really see you as part of the team.

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