Whoever came up with the old saying “searching for a job is a full-time job” wasn’t kidding around.
For most job seekers, finding employment means submitting applications until your fingers ache from typing and your brain hurts from churning out search terms. It means job fairs, countless applications disappearing into cyberspace, and listening to hours of unsolicited advice from friends and family, many of whom probably tell you that you need to be more aggressive in your networking.
But does that mean you’re supposed to come right out and ask anyone and everyone you meet to hire you? Absolutely not. Networking at its core is about building mutually beneficial relationships with companies and individuals that can help you reach your career goals. So most of your efforts should be spent laying the groundwork for these relationships—or, more specifically, going on informational interviews with people who are already doing what you want to be doing.
See my secrets on how to get a job without asking for one here on the Daily Muse.