Every week, I always think to myself “How can I strengthen the networks I currently have at the moment to secure my first graduate job?” The method to my madness is quite simple, networking is a great to get your foot in the door and get over that hurdle of applying for hundreds of jobs online.
As a graduate three months on and for many years, you have to create your own opportunities to get onto the job market. Sitting around waiting for an opportunity to be given will become harder to secure a job and you will continue to face rejection after rejection. That’s where networking comes into play.
“It’s not what you know, but who you know.” Often in my job search, whenever I have built my networks, they are not to be used as a source for finding jobs but to stimulate discussion and keep up-to-date with industry trends. Being trained as a Journalist for more than four years, I still believe creating your own content is key to getting noticed whilst creating a pool of contacts you can use for original news stories.
Whilst it can be disheartening to not hear back from employers for weeks or months, I find that attending events such as the Birmingham Social Media Cafe and London Tableau User Group help me to solidify my networks I already have at the moment. It’s key for me to keep in touch with them as much as I can as its very easy to lose touch with some people.
I cannot stress the importance of networking as a graduate because there are times you will feel dejected and out-of-touch with life. Always remember, the more stuff you put in, the more you will get out. Don’t give up, always have faith within yourself!