Regular visitors to this site know the value I place on Word of Mouth Referral Networking to generate informational interviews with decision-makers who can hire you. Recruiting, educating and cultivating your current network members regarding your ideal job and target employers is invaluable for penetrating The Hidden Job Market. It remains a key strategy in any comprehensive job search campaign. The only caveat I find with this method is that it is always a challenge to arrange face to face meetings with people’s busy schedules. (Of course our recent winter blizzards have only intensified the challenge of arranging personal meetings.)
However, the power of social media networking is being used to good effect by an increasing number of job seekers and business consultants to grow their networks and uncover valuable opportunities. Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, are among the most powerful social networking tools out there. My colleague, Jennifer Stockdale has created a truly informative special report available on this site that details how you can best use these tools to best advantage. Click on my Neal Recommends page to find out more.