Expanding your network should become a part of your everyday life not just when you are ready for a change in careers. You should be opening doors all along your career path because you never know what the next door may lead too.
Having a broad and diverse network which is constantly growing will quite possibly be the catalyst of your next career and likely when you least expect it. If you were hiring for a position, would you rather invite someone who you would love to work with and already know or select someone from a larger group of people you don’t know based off of a resume they prepared?
Roughly 80% of job opportunities are never even advertised (some analysts’ say that is even conservative)? As a result the majority of hiring is done based on networking.
Ways to network:
My challenge to you: