Guest post: Confessions of an intern – 5 ways to make a great impression

Posted by on September 26, 2012

This week’s guest post comes from MarketWave’s intern, Melissa Simon. Here she shares her intern insight related to making an impression, and how that is applicable to all professionals.

Whether you are a new, entry-level professional or have been in an office setting for years, making a good impression and developing your professionalism are both crucial to success. Here is a cheat sheet of 5 lessons I’ve learned as an intern that are important reminders for all professionals.

Melissa Simon, intern at MarketWave, has learned a thing or two (or five) about making a great impression.

  1. Perfect your time management skills. Create a schedule for yourself daily and before leaving work each day, assess your progress and deadlines to start a schedule for the following day. Most importantly, don’t wait until the last minute to let someone know you don’t have the capacity to meet a deadline. Go to your supervisor immediately when you start to feel bogged down.
  2. Make the small things count. Take every chance to let your professionalism shine. Even if someone calls you to their office for a short minute, grab a notepad. Before you leave each day, ask your team members if there is anything else you can do. Reply to all emails to let the sender know you received them, even if it’s just a simple “Thanks.” These things may seem minor, but rest assured they don’t go unnoticed.
  3. Stay up-to-date. In the marketing world, you will likely be involved in many different industries. Staying up-to-date in your clients’ and your own industry is important! Researching best practices and tips to enhance your skills or the latest trends in various industries will help you excel in your career.
  4. Ask questions. Every job is meant to be a learning experience and your superiors don’t expect you to have all the answers. Ask questions about the accounts, or how a project benefits the client and ask for feedback on the work you produce.
  5. Show initiative. If your work load is feeling light, don’t wait for someone to come to you. Go to your team and ask if they need your help. If the answer is no, create work for yourself. Bring your supervisor a new angle for a pitch or an interesting article to show true dedication to the client’s industry or to trend spotting in general.
A fast-paced marketing career can be somewhat intimidating, but following these tips can help your professionalism grow. You might make some mistakes along the way, but remember to learn from your errors and most importantly, have fun! You chose a great industry!


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