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Networking for Career Development. Jonathan Wolff Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) e-mail: J.J.Wolff@lboro.ac.uk Key Text: Networking Pocketbook, Jon Warner, Management Pocketbooks. Details Available at: http://www.pocketbook.co.uk
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Careers and Employability Centre (CEC)
Networking Pocketbook, Jon Warner,
Details Available at: http://www.pocketbook.co.uk
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Careers and Employability Centre
– these all focus on building relationships
able to explain briefly and clearly:
Preparing a 30 second CV / Elevator pitch
Presenting yourself to others
- They may offer careers information and advice
- By becoming a member you could get access to conferences & events
- They may have directories/databases of member organisations
- Recommendations and lists from your careers adviser
- Prospects occupational profiles – “Contacts & Resources” sections
- CEC web site “Classified Sites” section
(look at the right-hand menu list for links to websites for researching particular careers areas - many of the links here contain more than just vacancy information)
CONTACT DATABASE EXAMPLE : BPS, Directory of Chartered Psychologists: http://www.bps.org.uk/bps/e-services/find-a-psychologist/directory.cfm
Clicking on an entry will bring up information on the Psychologist’s areas of work and contact details
- They’re more likely to want to help than someone you’ve no link with
- They understand where you are coming from
- They have all said they are willing to give advice and information
- Some will offer work-shadowing &/or experience
- They cover most fields of work
- To find out how system works, go to:
iii. E-mail the contact – best first step is to arrange telephone discussion
- A job they have done
- A committee role they have held
- A strong interest that they have practised
- A club they’ve been involved with for some time
- How did they get started?
- Do you have any contacts the other person might find useful?
- Could you help them out with any of their activities?
- Do you have a skill that could be useful to them?
CEC leaflet: “Effective Career Networking”