Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer
Networking Skills
Learning outcomes
• Explain why networking is important
• Identify ways of describing themselves and their
career goals su...
Introductions
• Shake hands
• Who you are, background
• Subject studied
• Interests/achievements/anything unusual
• Career...
Networking is…
Networking Skills
“using the personal relationships people
have with one another to increase your
exposure ...
Networking Skills
23% of Exeter students who left
in 2010 to enter graduate level
employment found their job
through perso...
Building your network
• Current network – you already have one!
• friends, family, lecturers
• contacts from voluntary wor...
What happens if I Google you?
• First impressions count – even online!
• 45% of employers use social networks to screen jo...
So…
• Lock down your Facebook account!
• Choose and accept your friends wisely
• Be careful what you post
• What does your...
• Gain access to experts & network – ‘gatekeepers’
• Investigate career paths of others
• Join relevant ‘communities of in...
www.exeter.ac.uk/employability
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvftZ_xTHUw
www.exeter.ac.uk/employability
Networking Skills...
Summary
• 70% job vacancies filled by recommendation or
referral
• The wider your network, more likely you are to find the...
Learning outcomes
• Explain why networking is important
• Identify ways of describing themselves and their
career goals su...
Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer
Networking Skills
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  1. 1. Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer Networking Skills
  2. 2. Learning outcomes • Explain why networking is important • Identify ways of describing themselves and their career goals succinctly • Recognise and take advantage of a networking opportunity when it arises • Develop networking skills • Increase awareness of networking resources Networking Skills
  3. 3. Introductions • Shake hands • Who you are, background • Subject studied • Interests/achievements/anything unusual • Career aspirations Networking Skills
  4. 4. Networking is… Networking Skills “using the personal relationships people have with one another to increase your exposure to information and opportunity”
  5. 5. Networking Skills 23% of Exeter students who left in 2010 to enter graduate level employment found their job through personal contacts (UK domicile graduates, 2010 Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education)
  6. 6. Building your network • Current network – you already have one! • friends, family, lecturers • contacts from voluntary work, societies/clubs • Part-time work, internships voluntary work • Expand your network by: • Attending careers fairs, employer presentations, conferences • Alumni services (Exepert scheme) • Ask people you know for other contacts • Join professional associations (student membership) • Study abroad • Online networking Networking Skills
  7. 7. What happens if I Google you? • First impressions count – even online! • 45% of employers use social networks to screen job candidates • 35% of employers did not offer a job based on a candidate’s content uncovered on a social networking site • Facebook, LinkedIn and My Space are targets • Provocative photos / references to drinking and drug use are cited by employers as ‘red flags’ • Bad mouthing previous employers/colleagues and poor online communication skills also a problem • Social media self-audit: http://mashable.com/2009/04/08/social-media-recruitment/ Networking Skills
  8. 8. So… • Lock down your Facebook account! • Choose and accept your friends wisely • Be careful what you post • What does your online behaviour / presence say about you? Networking Skills
  9. 9. • Gain access to experts & network – ‘gatekeepers’ • Investigate career paths of others • Join relevant ‘communities of interest’ • Search & enquire about jobs Networking Skills www.linkedin.com
  10. 10. www.exeter.ac.uk/employability http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvftZ_xTHUw www.exeter.ac.uk/employability Networking Skills Successful networking
  11. 11. Summary • 70% job vacancies filled by recommendation or referral • The wider your network, more likely you are to find the right connections • Reach out to personal networks • Volunteer, get involved to meet new people • Keep your contacts informed – your 1st job won’t be your last (long term process) ‘No man is an island’ Networking Skills
  12. 12. Learning outcomes • Explain why networking is important • Identify ways of describing themselves and their career goals succinctly • Recognise and take advantage of a networking opportunity when it arises • Develop networking skills • Increase awareness of networking resources Networking Skills
  13. 13. Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer Networking Skills

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