Networking: Like It Or Not, It Makes All The Difference By Mark Feffer |

Last week, I wrote about why job hunting advice doesn’t really work unless you accept the
realities of the process.

One of the things no one likes to hear is that you’re hired based on a lot of things besides your technical skill or your experience.

This is why the most important tactic of your job search is networking. Even if you’re responding to a posting somewhere — like, say, Dice — you’ve got a better shot of getting in the door if you know someone at the company. Of course, you may not. But the more people who know you, the more chances are you can find one. It’s important because it begins to build the human dynamic between you and the hiring manager.

A lot of technical people don’t like to network…