This article provides some very good advice on how to use your network and corresponding networking skills to secure a new job. However, the article states it is the fastest way to secure interviews, which based on my experience might not be true in all cases. It all depends on how active your networking activities have been before you actually begin a search. It takes TIME to develop your network to the point where it is helping you produce actual job interviews (which are very different than informational interviews), especially if you have not been in contact with people in your network for a while. Maintain on-going communication with key networking contacts even when you are not looking for a job. Then, using your network will be easier and faster in helping you secure actual job interviews when you do enter the job market.
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