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Strategic networking is NOT code for “Find Me a Job!” although there are certainly more than a few job seekers who would like someone else to do their hard work and present them with a great offer on a silver platter.
Nor is strategic networking the fastest way to secure a better job, but without question it is the BEST way. It is certainly the most efficient way.
Recruiting marketing firm Lever found that one in every 16 referred candidates is hired compared to one in every 22 referred from an agency and one for every 152 applicants who applied online. One in 152!
If you waited to start networking until you were terminated, then you have no choice but to use the inefficient and morale-crushing online process.
If you waited to start networking until you were terminated, you have no choice but to use the inefficient and morale-crushing online process.JohnGSelf
Finding a job is a full-time job in unto itself. It is hard work and requires a laser focus on detail, and a daily routine that touches all of the fundamentals.
First among those fundamentals? Strategic networking.