Over 50% of the individuals finding a job in the current job market find their job through their networking efforts. You should be spending at least 50% of your time building your professional and personal networks.
Every single person that you know who is working could be the person who opens the right door or makes the right introduction. Don’t only think of people in your profession or target. I know a CFO who was introduced to a CEO by his car mechanic!
When you are working you always hear about job opportunities. When you are not working, it can seem like no one is hiring. Over 80% of the people currently working would make a change if given the opportunity. This job dissatisfaction is the highest it’s ever been in history which means there will be many people changing jobs. That is not a great percentage for hiring authorities, but it is great news for you.
Share information and contacts with your network so in turn they will want to do something for you. Networking is a two way street and you must give more than you take if you want the individuals in your network to share their contacts.
It is also wise to accept part-time, temp or contract work, in order to put yourself in a position to hear about other available job opportunities.