The right way to wrap up your summer job

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When your summer job or internship ends it can be tempting to rush out the door to soak up the last days of summer vacation. But before you disappear from your desk (or wherever you're working), check out our tips for leaving on a positive note. Future-you will thank us.

Smooth the transition

Whether you’re leaving a job, an internship or a campsite, it’s always a good idea to leave things better than when you got there. Think back to when you started and what would have improved your experience. Write up a short overview of your tasks, any login info and anything you can think of that will help the person who takes over your tasks. If your replacement is already there, show them the ropes and help them get settled in the position.

Update your credentials

Wherever you worked, you likely have something new to add to your resume. Be sure to note your start and end dates and mention what you focused on, what you learned and how you made the most impact. Gather any numerical data (how much you grew their social media following, or how many sales you made) and confirm them with your team before you add the figures to your resume. This is the perfect time to update or create your LinkedIn profile, too.

Share your gratitude

Reflect on your experience and the people who helped you be successful this summer, then go out of your way to say thank you. Remind each person of the great things they’ve done to help you and ask if it’s okay to keep in touch. Check out these tips for a more in-depth look at who to thank and how.

Snag a recommendation letter

Now that you’ve identified the people who have helped and guided you over the summer, and let them know you appreciate them, it’s time to start thinking about who you’d like to ask for a letter of recommendation. Be sure it’s someone who knows you and your work well and who has a positive relationship with you. here are a few things to include when you ask.

Exit interview

Before you leave, sit down with your manager or supervisor to discuss the summer — it can help both of you improve. Discuss what went well and what each of you could have done to make things better. If it’s an internship, this meeting can be a good time to bring up your future career goals and ask for connections or future opportunities with the organization. Check out these five questions to ask before your internship ends to get you started.

Once you’re really, really done with your summer job or internship, you can book it straight to the pool. At least until classes start on Aug.16.


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