When you get your first job or internship, you might be intimidated. It's natural to take it slow and wait for instruction. If you want to move up, however, make it your goal to be seen as the office rock star.
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As business advisor and writer Guy Kawasaki explains, when you're interning or working an entry level job, the impression you make in your first six months can determine where you go in the future. Even if you're assigned to fetch coffee or do grunt work, working to impress your bosses will give you the opportunity to move up quickly.
By the last day of your internship, your boss should be begging for you to stay. She should be saying things like, "What are we going to do without you?" That is a lasting impression. That is a reference nailed.
Even if you don't choose to stay at that job, that impression can follow you from one job to another as a reference. If you're interning, you may not know if you're staying when your time is up, but the impression you leave can land you a permanent job.
Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star [Guy Kawasaki]