Top tips on effective networking

Stefano Barulli, Talent Search Advisor for EY,, recommends building out your LinkedIn profile and provides his advice on networking.

As a Talent Search Advisor, I speak with job seekers and I’m constantly surprised that so many people still don’t use LinkedIn effectively.  I strongly recommend that having and, even more importantly, building out a LinkedIn profile is key to being found by recruiters and progressing through your career.

Below are my top tips on how to effectively network on LinkedIn

  • Keep your profile up to date: Make sure you have all relevant experience and qualifications stated onto your LinkedIn profile. Sounds pretty straightforward but remember that it is your elevator pitch and an opportunity to give an overview about your skillsets and strike someone's interest.

  • Make the right connection: Building healthy relationship in real life takes time, above all when it comes to building solid working relationship. Social media works exactly in the same way. Take the time you need to establish connections with people rather than just connecting – there is no point in having thousands of connections if you are not interacting with any of them.

  • Interact with your network/connections: This is the most important point to be an effective networker. Spend some time supporting your network content - this is your opportunity to show your experience and expertise in a determined field.

  • Get involved in groups and discussions: Make sure you actively participate in discussion, research your topic and share your thoughts within the group. Engaging with people in groups is the best way to have visibility and raise interest.

  • Follow up: Never give up after the first attempt, try different approaches and think outside of the box to get the attention you want. Try to be as clear as possible.

Career summary to date

I am an organised, driven, results-focused recruiter with experience in both, agency and in-house. I have global experience in recruitment and resourcing, with cross sector exposure in FMCG, professional services and financial services.

After completing my BSc in Economics at Universita’ degli Studi di Bari (Italy) I decided to move to London where I undertook a MA degree in Human Resource Management at Regent’s University.

After leaving university, I started working as a Recruitment Consultant at Full Circle Recruitment where I matured a strong interest and understanding in the financial services market. I am currently working at EY as a Talent Search Advisor supporting the direct sourcing for the UK&I tax and FSO tax teams. This transition allowed me to expand my market search and networking skillsets plus a better understanding of the market. My goal is to facilitate introductions between candidates and opportunities with our business.

Building relationships with key stakeholders, maintaining a positive 'can-do' attitude and being persistent in delivering a world-class service are all attributes we are proud to have at EY.

My main focus is on: sourcing strategy, market mapping, pre-screening interview, talent management, networking, social media and EY branding. 

I am an avid chess player who loves travelling and learning from different cultures. I speak 3 languages (Italian, English and Spanish) and I am planning to start studying a fourth one in the near future.  I am passionate about football, I have been playing at professional level for 11 years as a goal-keeper and I am a huge supporter of Inter Milan football club.

  • Stefano Barulli

About the author

Stefano is a Talent Acquisition Specialist in Tax with a focus on graduate to mid-senior level tax professionals in the UK.