“Since 85% of critical jobs are filled via networking of some sort, being highly networked is essential for both the job seekers and for those seeking them. It starts by recognizing no one is average, using the backdoor to find jobs in the hidden market and being different. It ends with hiring better people and getting better jobs.”
Not only does this show that if you’re looking for a new position, you need to work your connections, but one other thing many of us don’t think about is that networking can also help you get a lot more information about a company, or give a company a lot more information about a candidate. No better source of unbiased information that former coworkers and people you know who’ve worked for the company in question.