A vital component of any Active Job Search is Networking. When you become a seasoned Networker, your resources multiply ten-fold.

Networking allows you to tap into the hidden job market; this refers to those positions that are not advertised or posted and are often filled by networkers. If you want to be successful in your job search, Networking is key to you tapping into the hidden job market.

FACT or FICTION: 6 out of 10 vacant employment opportunities are not advertised. That's a FACT ... that's 60% of available jobs getting filled through Networking.

Do you know what employers love about Networkers? They save the employer a ton of time and time equals money.

Do you know what Networkers love about Networking? There's no competition. There's not hundred's of resumes that a job seeker is competing with. What does that mean, you might ask? The bottom line is Networking drastically increases you potential to land a job you are after in the hidden job market.

That should be enough to get you pumped to get off-line and out of the classifieds and picking up the phone and start pounding the pavement, but not without a strategy and a plan.

Networking involves contacting and meeting people and talking to them about your trade or industry and to get information about possible job vacancies. It's about sharing your passion and if you are a good story-teller, you can captivate an audience.

There are correct ways of Networking; Opportunity Knocks can suggest six or more ways to ensure your Networking efforts are a success.

Networking with friends, family members, strangers, co-workers, employers and employees all require different strategies. But let me tell you this: if you are Networking within a specific industry, know some important facts about the industry that may not be common knowledge - the response you want to hear is "Wow! I didn't know that!" That's when you get their attention, and that's when a good strong Networking strategy is going to work for you.

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