Top tips for networking
The old saying ‘it’s who you know, rather than what you know’ still applies today. Using your personal network is a great way of increasing your chances of finding work. For more advice, you can contact the Employment and Skills Service on 0300 123 1745, or by completing the form at the bottom of the page.
- People you already know
Tell family, friends – old and new – and former colleagues about your job search. The more eyes and ears that are looking out for vacancies for you, the better.
- People you'd like to know
Use the internet to find businesses and organisations (e.g. trade associations) involved in the type of work you’re interested in. When making contact, explain that you’re not asking for a job but would like to speak to someone about how they got into their line of work.
- Widen your network
When you speak to a contact, remember to ask them who they'd recommend you speak to next. They might even introduce you personally to them.
- Keep in touch
If you've made a new contact, send them a quick message to thank them for their time and any advice they gave you. Try to keep in touch with your network on a regular basis.
- Be prepared for give and take
If you're able to support the people in your network, they're more likely to remember you and give you support when the opportunity arises.