One of the best ways to find a great job is by business networking with professionals, both within your industry and in related career fields. Using your professional contacts to locate that next career opportunity has significant advantages. Employers are much more likely to hire someone they know either directly or through someone they know. It is much less of a risk than it is to hire based on just someone’s resume skills. On LinkedIn, for example, you will have access to a vast array of career industry groups and to their members. The more people you are in contact with, the more networking opportunities you have.
Beyond using professional social media websites, do not ignore direct communication and group interaction opportunities. In many cities and towns there is often professional meeting group’s setup primarily to network. Cities like Washington DC host several meeting groups such as Pros in the City, while other broader topic meeting groups have activities all over, such as GroupOn and MeetUp. Check with your local chamber of commerce, college or university to see what group or club activates are available for you to join or participate in. Direct interaction with other like minded career professionals helps you expand your career network and practice your face to face presentation and communication skills.