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IT graduates offered networking tips

Published: Tuesday, 28 July 2009   Category: Science, IT and Engineering

Those looking for graduate IT jobs this year have been offered some advice on how to make the most of networking both online and offline.

As part of its Be Your Best campaign, IT Jobs for Graduates told Onrec.com that it recommends keeping sites such as Myspace and Facebook as either business or personal profiles and not to mix the two.

Using professional sites such as LinkedIn or Xing is also advised, as demonstrating your ability in the networks' forums could be picked up by employers.

Offline, graduates should be looking to forge contacts through work placements and internships.

Teresa Sperti, head of international marketing at IT Jobs for Graduates, added: "Students and graduates today need to stay on top of their game, hone their skills and remain focused. There is an IT skills shortage in the UK, and I believe there are real long-term opportunities for those embarking on a new career in the sector."

Graduate Dan Quinlan recently told Personnel Today that fellow university leavers should utilise any contacts they may have in order to land a job.

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