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Networking

networking-handshakeWhat is networking?

Networking is a powerful tool to help your job search. It’s about sharing knowledge and expertise to help your personal and professional development. Expanding your contacts may lead to work experience or work shadowing, or even graduate jobs.

Useful tips to build your network

  1. Create the right first impression by acting in a professional and polite manner.
  2. Be clear with your own objectives to gain the most out of the experience. 
  3. Remember and make a note of their name/s! 
  4. Make time to keep people updated on your progress and remember to thank them. 
  5. Practising in everyday situations will help you start a conversation anywhere. 
  6. Make yourself memorable in a positive way - research the employers you are interested in talking to, to boost your confidence during the event. 
  7. Keep your LinkedIn profile complete and gather recommendations to demonstrate you are capable of developing positive relationships.

Useful tips to get you started 

  • Attend jobs fairs, conferences, employability workshops and alumni/mentoring events on campus. 
  • Research upcoming events in your chosen field to keep up-to-date with current issues. 
  • Become a member of professional bodies and be aware of the events they organise. 
  • Think about your social presence and use it as a way to promote yourself (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and blogging).

Benefits of networking

Information, advice and support - networking will help you identify the information you need and you will pick up useful knowledge you were not aware you needed. Make the most of your professional connections and grasp as much information as possible.

Connections - the more connections you have, the more opportunities will open up, perhaps for work experience or placements, which may lead to a graduate job.

Self-promotion - presenting yourself in a positive and constructive manner will always support your career. Boost your self-esteem and communication - active networking will improve your confidence and communication skills.

Career progression - through your networks you will learn about the day-to-day realities of a job and the skills you need to develop.

“It was challenging but fantastic to meet people of various professional backgrounds. It was fun and I made contacts I wouldn’t have been able to otherwise. I was also given useful career advice and gained a better understanding of what jobs I should target.”

Lucia Szmolkova, BA (Hons), International Business Management  

 

 

 

 

Page last updated on Wednesday 2 August 2017 at 4.11pm.

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