It is not secret but it does bear to be repeated: Networking is critical to a successful job search. According to some, it can take 10-20 resumes or job applications to secure an interview. Then it takes 7-10 interviews to secure a job. Networking and informational interviews are an important aspect of your job search, and can speed up that process.
In today’s job market, it’s BOTH what you know and who you know that can help you land a job. While hiring managers are receiving hundreds of applications per opening, the names and people he/she knows, or have been recommended, will rise to the top. Additionally, a good majority of job openings are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth. You need to build your network of professional contacts in order to know that hidden job market.
Below is a link to our Free Downloads page. There you will find a number of Tip Sheets developed to help you on specific aspects of your job search, including networking, informational interviews and developing a 30-second elevator speech.