Need more options? Browse Jobs by Company, Date Posted, Job Title, and more job categories
Search Advice
Advice » Searching for Jobs» Career Networking » What is networking and how d ...
What is networking and how do I do it?

What is networking and how do I do it?

Essentially, networking is getting to know people who can help you develop your career prospects. You don't need to be a big shot or the most outgoing person in the world to network effectively.

Take it a step at a time. Begin with people you know, at work and in your social life. Keep your ears open and listen for information that could work to your advantage.

What are the benefits of networking?
A lot of good jobs never make it to the pages of a recruitment website or newspaper. They get filled by word of mouth and the more senior the position, the more often it happens this way.

Even if the job is advertised, it helps to know someone inside the new organisation who can give you the inside line. They may even end up interviewing you which will always make it a less stressful experience.

Like any other form of social behaviour, networking follows certain rules to follow:

  • First impressions count - both face-to-face and via the phone or email. Always stay sharp.
  • Don't ask directly for a job - networking is not a job fair; it's an opportunity to gather potentially useful information.
  • Give and take - networking is a two-way exchange, there's no such thing as a free lunch.
  • Do the groundwork - research your contacts before meeting them and always follow up good leads or they pass on.
  • Think laterally – try to expand your network outwards, beyond your comfort zone or usual sphere of operation.
  • Patience is a virtue – getting involved in networking is being in there for the long haul; don't expect to land a plum job at your first meeting.

Building your network
Even if you're new to the game, you may have lots of worthwhile contacts you hadn't seen in that way before:

  • Old school, college or university classmates
  • Distant family members
  • Your friends' family
  • Your doctor, lawyer or accountant
  • Former colleagues or bosses
  • Club members or anyone else you meet socially

Keep good records of who you meet and the conversations you've had - there's no point building a network of contacts that you then forget. Also aim to stay in regular touch even when you're not after anything specific. You don't want to be known as the person who only ever gets in touch when they're after a favour.

Networking events and conferences are good ways to build a network if you're not sure where to start. Make sure you know why you are there and what you want out of it and make sure you have a few copies of your CV or some business cards to hand out to the important contacts you meet.

Don't wait until you've lost your job before picking up the phone to speak to people in your industry – even if you're happy in your role and the company is in a stable position, there's never any certainty as to what could be around the corner.

Networking 2.0
If you're not used to the idea yet, networking can be scary; like it's something for super-confident types who get all the best jobs anyway. But that's not the whole story. People are well-used to networking as a valuable business tool.

The Internet has made networking a viable option for everyone and there are many forums and business networking sites which enable business people to share and discuss their views and knowledge.

As long as you can keep a good barrier between your personal and professional online presence , this is a great way to pick up on the latest goings on in your industry, but can never completely replace actually getting out and showing your face.

Latest Jobs

Posted: 05/25/2016
Hays Ireland
Posted: 05/25/2016
Limerick, Limerick
FRS Recruitment Society LTD
Posted: 05/25/2016
Galway, Galway
Posted: 05/25/2016
Vantage Resources Limited
Posted: 05/25/2016
Dublin, Dublin

Want more personalised results?  Update Your Profile


Monster Offerings

Browse Jobs
Browse by city, industry, category, education level and more.
Create your CV
Create multiple CVs ready to be attached to your job application.
Searching for Jobs
Find excellent advice to help broaden your job search.
Saved Jobs
Save jobs that interest you and apply at your convenience.
More Monster Communities

Monster Partners

Partner with Monster
Become an official Monster partner and benefit from a range of offerings.

CVs & Applications

CV Tips
Use these handy tips to quickly analyse your CV and update before applying.

Job Interviews

Interview Tips
These helpful hints can make sure you leave a lasting impression on the big day.

Salary & Benefits

Salary Tips
Improve your negotiation skills and learn how to make the most of your current assets.

Attracting Candidates

Talent Pool
Benefit from retaining exceptional candidates or keeping their details at hand for future positions.

Employee Retention

Retain Employees
While there can be many applicants for one role, pulling the stops to keep talent within the company is essential.

Interviewing Candidates

Candidate Questions
It always helps to dive deeper with some creative questioning to monitor candidates from the get-go.

Workforce Planning

Performance Reviews
Build a positive work ethic by carrying out regular performance reviews.

For Seekers

Career Advice
Browse through a vast selection of articles and tools created to aid your career journey.
Create a CV
Upload a public CV and let employers find you.
Create a Cover Letter
Stand out from the crowd by including a cover letter in your job applications.
Create a Saved Search
Save a customised search and have jobs emailed straight to your inbox.

For Employers

Career Ad Network
Target your job posting to more candidates on thousands of websites.
CV Search
Find the perfect candidate with Ireland's premier online CV database.
Job Postings
Find the right solution for your hiring needs.
Resource Centre
Find staffing insights, labour trends, HR best practices and more.
Target Mail
Send targeted emails about your openings to specific groups of candidates on Monster.

Social Media

Job Tweets
Find jobs in your area and industry.
Monster on Facebook
Stay up-to-date with competitions, industry news and Monster happenings.
Monster on Twitter
Advice, news and Monster support delivered rapidly.
Monster on YouTube
Find great how-to guides and our past and present ads, podcasts and event appearances.

Other Links

Monster Company Profiles
Explore companies and get information to guide your career decisions.
iPhone Application
Download the Monster app for iPhone and iPod touch.
Search Jobs:
About Monster | Work for Monster | AdChoices | Investor Relations | Social Media
Terms of Use | Privacy Center | Accessibility centre | Help | Security | Contact Us | Sitemap | Accessibility Site | Mobile
©2016 Monster - All Rights Reserved U.S. Patents No. 7,599,930 B1; 7,827,125 and 7,836,060 MWW - Looking for Monster Cable? - V: 2016.10.0.74-217