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Networking

Networking takes on many forms and is an incredibly important part of both the recruitment process and career development in general.  Business networking is now a regular place for hiring conversations to begin and often companies find you rather than you searching for jobs.


Online

  • Social networking is one of the most important aspects of todays’ business world – this includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and others.
  • On LinkedIn, connecting with and following people, groups and companies in your sector allows you to gain insight and remain up-to-date.  
  • Use social media to help you to determine the target companies you would like to work for and follow them to keep on top of their news.
  • Raise your profile by participating in online discussions and forums.
  • Join relevant industry groups to keep abreast of the sector, meet new contacts and remain relevant, including communities on LinkedIn. 
  • Research your interviewers before meeting with them to see their work background, qualifications and interests.


In Person

  • Preparation is key  – you should plan conversation starters and ice breakers in advance as well as any key questions you would like to discuss.
  • Body language is extremely important so try to keep eye contact, act confidently and try to avoid crossing your arms and fidgeting.
  • Following up on new contacts is extremely important so swap business cards/ contact details with anyone you engage in conversation with.
  • Schedule time after events to follow up with emails, social media contact and or phone calls depending on what is the most relevant.​