You should be proactive in your job search to get ahead in the job market.
Professional networking is about making contacts and building relationships that can lead to jobs or other work-related opportunities. An effective network enables you to get information, advice and support and can also help you find leads and referrals. It is an essential component of any successful job search, but it requires careful planning.
There are plenty of opportunities to meet and network with professionals or other students and graduates interested in your chosen field.
Student Societies - there are lots of societies listed on the Student Union website many of them will run social and networking events
Careers & Enterprise Fairs and Events - we run employer events where you can find out more from people who currently work in the profession
LinkedIn - provides a platform for you to connect with people in the types of organisations you want to work for. Connect with people you meet at networking events, or send a connection request to people that may be able to help you in your job searching.
Join the Salford alumni group on LinkedIn to see what past graduates from your area of study have gone on to do.
Why students should be using LinkedIn a career tool (blog) - a student perspective.
Creative Job Searching
Aim to uncover the jobs that never get advertised by using creative job searching. Some companies recruit internally, from contacts or are happy to recruit from speculative approaches.
Creative job search involves networking effectively - gathering information, discussing ideas and raising your profile within a professional setting. By doing this you may make useful contacts and find out about opportunities that have not been advertised.
- Create a LinkedIn profile - connect with those doing roles similar to your career goals. Strike up conversations to find out how they got into the role and more about the company they work for.
- Follow employers on Twitter to keep up to date with their news and recruitment drives.
- Attend Careers Fairs and Employer Talks internally and externally - check the guest list, prepare questions to ask, have a CV ready to share your details, and pick up contacts. Look out for careers events happening here at Salford.
- Think about your existing network - friends, family, colleagues, friends of friends – opportunities can be close to home or start through general conversations.
- Consider speculative approaches - through researching companies of interest and submitting a CV and tailored cover letter. Ring ahead first to ty to gain a name to address your letter to.
- Think about other opportunities like volunteering, work placements or work shadowing opportunities and network from within.
- Use extra-curricular activities and social groups to boost your networking. You never know who may just have useful contacts.
Speak to a careers adviser
Our Careers Advisers are on hand to help. Book an appointment on Advantage or by calling 0161 295 0023 (option 5).
Appointments are available for current students and graduates of the University of Salford only.