Networking approaches

Different networking approaches

  • Talk to people – everyone and anyone - and tell them specifically what you are looking for. Ask if they know anyone who might be able to help you and then be sure to follow up on those referrals. Ask your network contact for their help, not for a job. People are delighted to help, but few will have jobs to offer you. Arrange an informal interview with prospective employers to learn more about their company or your field of interest. Ask if they can help and/or if they know someone else who can. 

  • Phone prospective employers and those working in areas where your skills might be used.  Introduce yourself and let them know if someone has referred you to them. If there is no opening at this time, ask for an informal interview where you can find out about their organisation, their career, and any potential opportunities where you might be able to contribute your skills. We recommend that you do NOT leave a voicemail but rather ask when the person will be available.

  • Write either an email or letter in which you  introduce yourself, explain your situation and what you are looking for. Always keep the correspondence professional. If you are unsure, err on the side of formality. Include your contact details and follow up with a phone call.

  • Volunteering is one of the best ways to network and to strengthen your CV. Often you can get closer to the kind of work you want to do by volunteering than you can with paid employment. If you are concerned about the amount of time you are committing, look for volunteer opportunities that fit with your schedule.