Networking & LinkedIn


Networking just means talking to those you know to increase your chances of finding a job.  These contacts will know many people, possibly including those looking to fill a job vacancy.

These conversations may be face to face, via social media, subject specific forums and other gatherings.

These are all opportunities to let people know that you are looking for work and to advertise the skills and experience you have to offer.


One available tool is LinkedIn which is a social media site specifically aimed at the world of work. They describe themselves thus:

'Our mission is simple: connect the world's professionals to make them more productive and successful. When you join LinkedIn, you get access to people, jobs, news, updates, and insights that help you be great at what you do.'

Those with specific interests and specialisations may wish to join the relevant forum in LinkedIn and/or elsewhere, again raising your profile and potentially discovering a job opportunity.



Having a face to face conversation will occasionally produce results immediately, but more likely the other person will endeavour to let you know of any jobs going, or pass on your details to someone else.

Providing your contact details on a piece of paper runs the risk of it being lost and may not present the desired positive image. You may wish to obtain simple business cards containing the relevant contact information, possibly also indicating your line of work or expertise.

business cards

Homemade cards using thin card on a home printer. Including name, phone numbers and email address.
Homemade cards using thin card on a home printer. Taxi Image Sourced From
Cheap business cards from commercial printers. This one is from
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