Landing a good job is hard these days. There’s tons of competition. Positions are being cut and downsized all the time. Many times, hiring agents already have a particular person in mind for a job before it’s advertised. It’s not unusual for jobs to be filled outside of the wanted job ads. A key advantage to getting hired these days is networking. Knowing someone who can give you an inside tip when a job comes available or put in a good word with the right person can be a distinct advantage in the job search. If you are looking for your dream job or thinking about changing careers, now is the time to focus on your network of contacts. Here are just a few networking tips that demonstrate how your connections can help you land your dream job.