Networking remains one of the most common and by far the most effective way to find a job. From management jobs to staff jobs, companies are now hiring either internally or through references. These are commonly known as ‘hidden jobs’ that can be accessed only if you have a strong network of contacts within the industry.
So what does networking really mean?
Networking refers to finding a job through a lead that is received from one of your contacts, friends or colleagues who are also known as your network. It is also considered to be the oldest method of job hunting before the arrival of the internet and online job portals. Networking also entails building new contacts through socializing and thereby gaining access to wider opportunities. The best way to grow your network is online by joining professional networks such as industry groups and associations. This puts you in touch with the right people from your industry or profession.read more