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


An insight into networking

Two graduate recruiters from PwC and Michael Page International provide an insight into networking. The videos last two to three minutes.




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

The University of Nottingham
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