Network like your job depends on it.

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Did you know that almost half of all job openings aren’t advertised? Add to this an increasingly difficult economy where more people are competing for fewer jobs and you’ll see that it will take intentional strategies set yourself apart in the job market.

Having a great resume is only one tool for your career success. In some cases, that’s enough to get you in the door, but when you’re competing with thousands of applicants, even the best resumes can end up in the trash bin. HR Managers don’t have the time to read every resume and HR Applicant Tracking systems are notorious for missing even the best candidates.

Networking gives you a clear advantage in this case. Word of mouth referrals are the most effective way to connect with new people. People tend to trust the opinion of someone they already know. Additionally, it can save HR hours of work.

So┬áif you’re ready to take your career to the next level and find that new position, don’t forget to think of your network first.