Summers are a great time for college students to get out of the classroom and get some experience in the real world. I think it is a great idea to try all kinds of different jobs so you can see what you like and what you don’t. Don’t fall into the trap of staying with one job summer after summer over your whole college career. If you do that you will find that you missed out on a great opportunity. Summer jobs are great because they only last for a few months, which is especially good if you find yourself not liking the job.
In a summer job, internship, apprenticeship, or temp job, you’ll likely be making copies (and coffee), doing research, and brainstorming ideas. If you have an outdoor job, you will just be putting in manual labor. This “bottom of the totem pole” work may make you wonder why you are even there. Just remember that everyone is a resource. My advice to you would be to take advantage of the opportunity to network, build relationships, and give employers a reason to remember you.
So how do you stand out from the rest? It’s not really rocket science. Here are 3 tips that will put you well on your way to make a lasting impression:
The list of things you need to do to present yourself as a professional are to be on time, dress appropriately, respect others, and work diligently. This means avoiding personal phone calls, surfing the web, and over socializing.
Be Eager and Willing to Learn
You need to understand here that there is a fine line between being eager and willing and schmoozing. You do not want to cross over this line or you will quickly lose the respect of your co-workers and possibly even your employers. No one likes a brown-noser.
Take Pride in Your Work
Whether you find yourself making copies or picking up someone from the airport, work as if you’re ending world hunger or solidifying world peace. You may not realize it, but you are being watched.
Even though these points were aimed towards college students and temporary jobs, these exact same tips will help you even if you have had your same job for 35 years. Everyone appreciates people who are professional, eager and willing to learn, and take pride in their work. If you have been at your same job for a while, I would like to pose a challenge to you. For just this summer, attack your job with the drive and desire you would if you were in college again and your job was just a summer job for you. See what your productivity level does when you put in that type of effort.
Many of us lose our passion over time from doing the same things over and over again. This summer let your passion come back. Remember, when opportunity knocks, you want to make a lasting impression.