Don’t Become that "Invisible Intern" Now That You Are Rreturning to School

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Squandering all the good work and all the good-will you have created this summer is a common mistake says on-line recruiter, WallStJobs.com. Here are four things you can do to put yourself on an employer’s "speed dial" for the future. (And it will make Mom and Dad happy!)

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Even if you don’t think that you want to make a career in the industry where you worked the past few months, the people you have met can be valuable job-agents for you.

While you are busy dreaming about sleeping late, dressing in shorts and sandals and registering for fall classes, don’t forget to maximize your summer work experience as an investment in your future. "There is no better ‘real world’ career resource for college students than their summer work experience," says WallStJobs.com founder, Robert Graber. "The key is to make certain that you are remembered by as many professionals as possible."

"The time to start positioning yourself for your first full-time job after graduation is before you leave your summer job," suggests Graber. "Even if you don’t think that you want to make a career in the industry where you worked the past few months, the people you have met can be valuable job-agents for you."

Here are some steps Graber suggests to take now to put yourself on "the hiring radar" before returning to school:

  • Write thank-you notes to everyone who you have worked with and don’t forget secretarial and administrative staff.
  • Give a Bear. Or Lion, or whatever your college mascot is. Go online to your college bookstore today and order a few small items like key chains, pennants, logo golf balls or stuffed animals that have your school’s insignia as a small token of your appreciation (it will help personalize you when there are many other summer interns)
  • Take business cards. Be sure you have the emails of everyone you worked with and make a separate list of these work-related contacts in your directory so you can get to them easily in the future.
  • Take pictures. After you leave, use the email addresses you have assembled and send a picture every few months with a brief note about how you enjoyed your work experience and update them with what you are studying and how school is going.

"While the necessity of making yourself memorable is especially important in highly competitive industries, it never hurts to be the person who is remembered as, ‘that wonderful summer intern’ at any sized firm," said Graber.

About the company: WallStJobs.com, the premier recruiting source exclusively for financial service professionals, is a member of the Jobosaurus family of uniquely specialized recruiting sites.

This press release was distributed through eMediawire by Human Resources Marketer (HR Marketer: http://www.HRmarketer.com) on behalf of the company listed above.

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