Top Tips to Network Like a Pro

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Top tips to network like a pro Australian graduates found out about their employment via 4 sources in 2013 and 2014. 28.6 25.7 12.4 8.9 Source: Graduate Careers Australia’s 2014 Australian Graduate Survey Through their networks Advertised on the internet University Careers Services Approached employer directly So what is networking? Networking is all about building relationships to develop professional and social contacts, and exchange information. • Friends • Family • Past employers • Classmates • Co-workers including people outside your department • Lecturers Where should I network? • At University • At the coffee shop, hairdresser, sporting events, etc… • At work • Anywhere How should I network? • By referrals from friends and family • At careers fairs & industry functions • Through LinkedIn and Facebook • In mentoring programs • At social events challenge yourself to meet new people Why should I network? • To boost your career prospects • To find out about unadvertised jobs • For advice and information sharing • To find a mentor • To broaden your brand ‘Job-seekers need to diversify their job hunting efforts… 60% of your effort needs to be on building a robust network that can help you get a job in the hidden market; these are the jobs that get filled before the position is posted on some job board.’ – Lou Adler, CEO and best-selling author. Source: 5 Steps to Getting a Better Job in the Hidden Market, August 1, 2014. Networking can provide a range of career opportunities so make sure you are taking advantage of every chance you get to grow your network. For more information, tips and advice contact the Career Development team at USQ’s Student Services at or visit the Career Hub. CRICOS: QLD00244B  NSW02225M TEQSA: PRV12081 29.3.1 11.2015 Graphics © Shutterstock

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