Having connections is one of the strongest starting points in career success. When looking for a new job, putting your resume into random applications isn’t always the most successful route. Networking provides an avenue to make a great impression and meet industry professionals who could connect you to others or provide direct resources.
According to NPR, 80% of jobs are not listed through online applications. Try treating networking like it is a job by connecting with industry leaders on LinkedIn, attending events such as a chamber of commerce meeting or reaching out to mentors who can connect you with others.