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On Networking
When I was first told about Linked In, it was described to me as "Facebook for Dilberts." I have since found out that is not necessarily true; Linked In is far more to the point and far less annoying than Facebook.

Throughout my professional career, I have been lucky enough to not really need to network all that much; generally, I have been pretty lucky at landing something decent in a relatively short amount of time. Nowadays, though, as I am sure a lot of you out there have noticed, the rules of job hunting have changed a bit. Okay; a lot. So, first with baby steps and now with a more aggressive approach, I have been networking my little heart out.

It just feels weird to me to approach recruiters from out of the blue (I know, I know; it's their job to gather a database of professionals from out of the blue) and ask them for assistance. Some of this is my stupid Irish pride; the whole, "I can do this myself, dammit!" mindset that I need to let go of. Be that as it may, though, I have been getting a few encouraging responses, ranging from, "I think I may have an opening for Position X, would you be interested?" to, "I don't have anything right now, but send me your resume; I have some colleagues who are looking for talent."

(As an aside, the weirdest response I have gotten thus far was from a professional recruiter who told me he "didn't have time for this" right now. Seems he is too busy doing his job as a recruiter to actually be bothered to, um, recruit. Ah, well; plenty other nice folks out there offering help.)

From this point forward, until I finally nail down some gainful employment, I am going to make this a part of my daily job search regimen. Sure, I will continue to apply for job postings I find, but I am also going to seek out professional connections who may have an inside track to the positions that don't necessarily get posted publicly.

Fingers crossed.