Networking can be a scary-sounding concept. But it's easier than you might think. Try these tips and get started.
1. Ask for a referral
This could be a current employer, a teacher or tutor for example. Even if they cannot help you with your job hunt, they might know someone who can. Ask if they can suggest contacts and could put you in touch.
2. Try people you know
Family, friends, former employers, former teachers - tell them you're looking for a job. They could help or know someone you can get in touch with.
3. Find some events
Look for networking exhibitions, events and fairs, talks and workshops based round your ideal job. Introduce yourself to as many people as you can and ask if you can keep in touch. We've got some top tips on how to make the most of those events.
4. Strike up a conversation
Even out with events, you’re meeting new people every day. You never know where a chat will lead.
5. Be positive
Tell the people you meet at these events about your goals and ambitions. Talk about your strengths. Inspire them to help you.