Description: Networking means connecting with people in a field or organization in which you wish to work, to ask for information, not a job. Networking, including informational interviewing, is the job seeker’s equivalent of market research. Gather information about different jobs, companies and industries. This information will help you conduct a more effective search and develop possible leads to jobs. A key strategy to networking is asking every contact for more contacts. The idea is to increase the number of people you know who might be able to help you get the job you want.
Advantages: Effective way to access those jobs that are never advertised through want ads or web sites. It’s an opportunity to gather important information on the hiring process, the work style/culture, and corporate values. Many jobs are filled by an employee referral, and sometimes jobs are created to take advantage of your skills and experiences. Net-working is one of the most effective ways to find employment.
Disadvantages: Networking is time consuming and requires a certain amount of comfort to contact individuals and set up the informational interviews.
Consider utilizing these networking resources:
Stanford Career Network at http://www.stanfordalumni.org