Linkedin Grad Guide – Get Networking!

Watch the video below and jump straight in: http://grads.linkedin.com/

Remember, Consulting is all about building relationships. So get networking.

And if you’re wondering how useful it really is or you’re just not convinced, a simple google search will yield a plethora of guides and articles validating the benefits of networking. For a real example, check out: How a LinkedIn Groups Conversation Led to an Internship.

Just one example of many out there. But you get the point. In the current market, simply going through the motions of drafting a cv, submitting it and waiting for the phone to ring might not cut it anymore. You’re going to have to put some effort in, be dynamic and creative and apply all the skills these consultancies look for in order to just get your foot in the door, at which point you’ll have to do it all over again, and again, until the offer comes through and that hard graft and creative thinking is earning you some well-deserved cold hard cash!

For more ideas on how to use networking and Linked in productively and practically, check out How to Make Graduate Applications 36% More Effective to help you stand out from the crowd.

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5 responses to “Linkedin Grad Guide – Get Networking!

  1. hey, this is a really good blog.. and the linked in article is really cool. never realised the potential of linkedin in that sense…. but i was just wondering.. i got an invitation this morning on linkedin by someone i dont know and isn’t even in the same country as me… im not sure if its helpful to add someone like that or should i eliminate unknown invites.. what do you do about these things?

  2. and is it still networking??

    • Thanks. I think you need to consider what you want to use linked in for and how you want to treat your profile. Some I know treat it very preciously so that the connections they make are valuable one’s in one sense or another, and are people they actually know and work with and like.

      Others choose to amass as many connections as possible to build up a big network by connecting with people in their industry or recruiters or open networkers who they may not have even spoken to. This may be useful for job-hunting or finding leads and searching the network for a hiring manager in a company or a director etc.

      A rule i came across and like to employ myself is, if i haven’t spoken to the person or been in email contact with them, then I won’t accept an invitation. I’ll simply archive it (not reject, because that then penalizes the sender). However, although this might sound cold, if I see value in connecting with them, I’ll make an exception.

      It also depends on the wording of the invite. If they explain why they want to link up and it has more purpose than just ‘expanding my network’, then i will also consider connecting.

      Furthermore, you must bear in mind that the quality of your network may also reflect on you.

      Here’s a great post with some rules and advice: http://blog.linkedin.com/2007/07/19/7-rules-of-link/

      Glad you liked the post. Happy networking.

    • I don’t think expanding your network willy-nilly really is networking. Because the purpose is that it has a purpose and you aim to develop some kind of relationship with a contact, not just have them as a number in your profile. So again, i think it comes down to the wording of the invite and the intent of the individual. Spam is bad.

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