The importance of networking

November 24, 2014

‘Put simply, the graduate job market is too competitive to just submit a CV or application.’ Darain Faraz, Senior Manager, LinkedIn.

Now more than ever the graduate market is much more about who you know than what you know. University is the perfect time to make new friends and socialise but it is the networking you do whilst at University that will help you secure your dream job.

Simply creating a LinkedIn profile will set you up for success. You can chart what the companies you are interested in are doing. Look at who they are hiring in your dream HR role. How many internships have they done? Have they already studied their CIPD?

Equally having a professional LinkedIn profile instantly makes you more attractive to an employer. It is clear that you are taking your job search seriously. You also have access to groups ‘a great source of information and advice from people who have already made the leap in to the world of the working’ says Faraz.

Face to face networking need not be as daunting as it first appears. Join student societies they often have networking events taking place with graduate recruiters actively encouraging you to ask them any questions you may have about the application process through to the culture of the company.

You have to be proactive in order to make sure that your secure the role you really want. The best evidence I have seen of this is a graduate who went to the investment banking careers fair in order to speak to the graduate recruiters. She was looking for a job in HR not investment banking and decided to go right to the source when they were on her campus. Just by thinking outside the box and attacking her job search in a different way she gained a week long internship at an international investment bank which ultimately led to her securing a permanent role at one of the biggest trading houses in the world.

HR is not an easy career to break in to make sure that you are doing everything within your power to secure that first role!