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Networking skills

  1. 1. Networking Skills Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer
  2. 2. Networking Skills 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
  3. 3. Networking Skills Introductions • • • • • Shake hands Who you are, background Subject studied Interests/achievements/anything unusual Career aspirations
  4. 4. Networking Skills Networking is… “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. Networking Skills 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
  7. 7. Networking Skills 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/
  8. 8. Networking Skills 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?
  9. 9. Networking Skills • • • • Gain access to experts & network – ‘gatekeepers’ Investigate career paths of others Join relevant ‘communities of interest’ Search & enquire about jobs www.linkedin.com
  10. 10. Networking Skills Successful networking http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KvftZ_xTHUw www.exeter.ac.uk/employability
  11. 11. Networking Skills 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’
  12. 12. Networking Skills 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
  13. 13. Networking Skills Jon Boyes Curriculum and Work-Related Learning Officer

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