Networking is the most underappreciated and effective way to find work in today’s job market. According to sociologist Nancy DiTomaso’s article in The New York Times, 70% of the jobs held by Americans in the current workforce were obtained through personal connections. That’s an important statistic. Suggestions for filling an open position at a company are generally passed along to those who are of the same economic, professional, and social circle as the person making the recommendation.
So what is a job seeker to do if they’re searching for a position in a field where their family, friends, and acquaintances don’t have the connections to pass along a lead? How do you network when you don’t know anyone?
Here are a few resources and tips on where to find job leads. These will assist in expanding your circle so you’re not left out in the cold.
“Don’t be afraid to be “that guy” who asks, “What advice would you give to someone who wants to get into your field today?””