NETWORKING and informational interviewing 

Guide to Information interviewing
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Networking is the number one strategy for helping students identify job openings and get jobs. The most proactive job search strategy, networking taps into the "hidden job market" through the development and cultivation of contacts and relationships. Networking is the art of building alliances.

Smart job seekers will create opportunities for meeting people who work or who may know someone who works in their field of interest.  Research shows that 85% of job opportunities are never advertised and that informational interviewing and networking can be your key to the "hidden job market".