Stories by Stacey L. Bradford

Experts offer their tips for fruitful networking

When it comes to finding a job, nothing beats good, old-fashioned networking -- contacting friends, relatives and former colleagues; setting up face-to-face meetings in the hope of getting job referrals. Yes, it is awkward, but here's why it simply has to be done: At any given time, about 80% of all available jobs aren't posted in the classifieds or on job boards, says BH Careers International, a New York-based career management firm. And 60% of people surveyed by BH said they got their last job by networking.