This article will explain what networking skills are, tips on how to be effective and advice on opportunities to build your network.
Networking, whether informal or formal, is a great way of meeting people and making and maintaining positive connections. Developing a network of contacts can help you with your career planning and job search, but you need to make sure that your approach is professional, planned and has clear goals.
What are networking skills?
The best attributes that a networker can have are curiosity and creative thinking. Other important skills include:
Here are some of our top tips to ensure you network effectively:
Opportunities for networking
Networking can be both formal and informal, developing connections in person through meetings and events or online via social media networks. The following advice provides some useful starting points:
Social networking online
A large number of organisations now have a presence on social media including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. If you do not have one already, creating a profile online can be a great place to make contacts and start building a network.
Make sure you think carefully about how you present yourself on social networking sites. Check to see what information is available about you online and make sure you are happy with what a potential employer can find.
Student and university networks
There are plenty of opportunities to meet and network with professionals or other students interested in your chosen field.
A lot of career areas have one or more professional body or membership organisation often providing opportunities to network both online and at events.
Where can I get further information and advice?
Purple Door, the University of Portsmouth’s employability service, have a dedicated team of friendly, experienced advisers on hand to talk to you. You can drop-in at Purple Door at any time during our opening hours or call us on +44 (0) 23 9284 2684. You can also access a wide range of information and advice on our website at www.port.ac.uk/purpledoor.
How to contact us
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