If you ever think there may come a time when you’ll need your boss to write you a letter of recommendation or make a call on your behalf–and there probably will–then follow these tips for building a better relationship with your superior. She’ll likely be happy to help you out!
Your boss today should be someone that you are in touch with for the rest of your life. Sure, you will work for this person–probably for a short time, maybe a year or two–but you are building a relationship for the bigger picture.
You never know how this person will play a part in your life, who they will put you in front of, or the job opportunities they could lead you to. You want to have people in your life who can speak highly of you, talk about your professional capabilities, who can recommend you, and your boss can potentially be that person for the rest of your life.
I started an internship program at my company, Intern Queen Inc, in 2009. At this point, I’ve gone through several cycles of interns and I’m still in touch with a lot of them. I’m frequently responsible for evaluations, recommendations, writing letters, or making calls on their behalf. And you know what? I’m happy to do it. Here are some tips on handling your relationship with your boss: