Professional networking can help you get ahead in your job search. There's nothing wrong with using job boards, but the sheer number of candidates applying for the same job reduces your chances of being successful. Networking, on the other hand, can connect you to the hidden job market, exposing opportunities before they become public. This puts you in a position to possibly land a job without interference from the competition. Networking is about being proactive and reaching out to people who can help you either directly or indirectly in your job search. However, it's not just about taking, it's also about giving. Sharing your knowledge, expertise and connections will give you more exposure and encourage people to want to help you even more. While not everybody is comfortable with networking, it's become easier than ever with professional networking resources such as LinkedIn.