Who can forget that time when Blair Waldorf interned at W magazine on Gossip Girl? For most fans, it was like the first day of school all over again. New clothes, new agenda, and new queen bee territory… But while watching Blair scheme her way into her boss’s good graces while wearing gorgeous designer outfits might have been entertaining, that’s not exactly what the real world is like. If you really want to make a good impression at your internship or at any job for that matter, here are several things to keep in mind:
1. Don’t tell your boss you can’t work late because you have other plans.
Telling your boss that you can't stay at the office for a few more hours is a big no-no, according to the Business Insider. Remember, if you’re new, you need to work a bit harder and perhaps even longer to show that you can be relied on.
2. Don’t forget to proofread everything you submit or forward.
Even the simplest typo can reflect negatively on you. To avoid any embarrassing mistakes, always read and reread every document or email message that you intend to send out. On that note, always double-check whose email address is on the address bar before hitting “send.”
3. Do come to work earlier than your boss.
If you really want to make a good impression, get up a little earlier than usual, so you can beat your supervisor to work. These days, it’s no longer enough to just arrive on time. This helps you get a head start on all your tasks for the day.
4. Do complete your tasks early.
Speaking of getting a head start on your assignments, it’s also important that you finish your work earlier than expected. Meeting your deadlines isn’t exactly cause for promotion. That’s just you doing what you’re being paid to do. Beating the deadline, however, shows that you are an oustanding employee who is capable of handling bigger responsibilities.
5. Do care about the future of the company.
A lot of people go to work every day because they're being paid to. But if you want to succeed, show your boss that you actually care about how the company is doing. In fact, a study from Washington University in St. Louis reveals that employees who align themselves with their company's vision are likely to get promoted.
(Screencaps of Gossip Girl courtesy of The CW, photo of notebook by Calsidyrose via Flickr Creative Commons)