Once in a while, Twitter throws up something that grabs my attention. Take Stephanie Flanders for instance, BBC economics editor. "A 501,000 rise in employment in 2 yrs when the economy is supposed to have not grown at all. What on earth is going on?"
With forecasts of the UK's economic prospects for 2012 remaining gloomy, the chances are that many more people will be seeking new employment over the course of this year. With more well-qualified people seeking fewer jobs, strong networks will become ever-more relevant, as will a proactive approach.
Networks not only help you meet people who may have intel on your next job opportunity, they are also a great forum for sharing ideas, seeking advice, or just feeling supported by people who have been in the same situation as you. Whatever stage you are in your career, there are benefits to be had by promoting yourself through networking.