While networking takes a lot of work, there are two HUGE benefits –
1) you don’t need to be a perfect match on skills and experiences
2) the jobs themselves are not cookie cutter jobs, but have the potential to be significant career opportunities
So the choice is yours, waste your time hoping to find a decent job, or build a network to help you build a career.
You may be interested in using this approach if you’ve been looking for a job but want to change your strategy. If you’re out of College, you may want to enlist the assistance of your Career Development Center who have links and information on professional associations and Networking Nights. Your local Career One-Stop can also help you find a way to network your way to a job.