Careers and Employability Service
Services for current students

Face-to face networking


Networking is a useful tool in the job hunting process in two ways: firstly to build up your knowledge of different careers and secondly, to uncover job opportunities. 

Through networking, you can:

  • gain an insight into the responsibilities and day-to-day activities of a job role
  • find out about job opportunities that you may not have been aware of 
  • gain feedback on your application form or CV from someone in the job area that interests you


Successful networking

  • Think carefully about who to approach and what you want to get out of the meeting
  • Find out as much as you can about the person you are going to approach using other contacts
  • Make a list of the questions you would like to ask
  • Will someone be able to introduce you or make a referral. 'James Smith suggested I speak to you...'
  • Think about how you are going to approach the person - by phone, email or will there be an opportunity to meet face-to-face
  • Be brief, professional and flexible. 'Can we meet for 20 minutes to talk about ...?' or 'I can see you are busy, can I talk to you next week?'
  • Write and thank people
  • Remember it's a two-way relationship - you're part of their network too!
  • Keep in touch with your contacts

Careers and Employability Service

University of Nottingham
Portland Building, Level D
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 3680
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3679