Landing a job isn’t the easiest task. Many job seekers end up scouring the Web for job openings and sending out a million emails, resume attached, only to hear silence back.
The fact is, there are plenty of job seekers who get one aspect of the job search wrong from the very beginning, and their mistake follows them throughout their attempts to land a new position: they just aren’t networking often enough.
Contrary to popular belief, networking isn’t just something job seekers need to be doing during the three to six months they’re looking for a new position–it’s something everyone needs to be doing all the time, 24/7, no matter if you’re employed or not.
Why? Because building professional relationships doesn’t happen overnight, and networking certainly isn’t something you can expect to do only when it’s convenient for you. Just as you wouldn’t close your mind to the possibility of a new friendship or romantic relationship at any point in your life–these things often happen when we least expect it–professional relationships are also something you need to keep your mind open to all the time, not just when you’re looking for a job.