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According to the U.S. Department of Labor, about 5 percent of job seekers obtain jobs through the open job market which consists of help wanted ads, the internet and print publications. Another 24 percent obtain jobs by cold-calling companies directly. Twenty-three percent obtain jobs through employment agencies, college career-services offices and executive-search firms. The remaining 48 percent obtain their jobs through referrals or “word of mouth.” These individuals get the job referrals by networking.
A job search that targets only advertised job openings will likely miss more than half of the available opportunities. Once armed with a powerful resume, networking is one of the most important skills for job seekers to master to be truly successful in their job search.
Here are some tips to get you started.