Networking is one of the most successful methods for a job search, and informational interviewing is perhaps the most effective way to network. Networking allows you to tap into the hidden job market and to locate vacancies before they go public.

True networking is about building lasting professional relationships which are mutually beneficial, rather than about asking people for jobs or “using” people. Most people in industry are flattered to be asked for their advice and if pursued appropriately will make time to share it.