One of the things I was most surprised by when I got into the jobs business over a decade ago was the prevalence and practice of age discrimination in hiring right here in the USA. Oh, sure... we're not like some overseas markets where job ads explicitly demand youth, or a particular gender, or beauty(!), in the applicant, but there it is...
Networking isn’t just for the job search, when you’re coming to your contacts for an immediate payoff. Senior professionals need to make networking a part of their daily routine, not just an alarm they sound when it’s time to switch jobs.
Nevertheless, the move to an active job search is prime time to refresh your existing network, both online and off. The Internet has extended the reach and complexity of networking opportunities, but it hasn’t replaced the need for traditional human encounters. People need to know you, and you need to know people, to establish your credibility and get the inside scoop on new opportunities.
These stories will provide you tips and tricks to work your network.
Social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn haven't changed where you network so much as how.
Leverage your alumni association to find and win a job, but know the rules about what is and isn't fair play.
The next generation of job application software will let you see whom you already know at the company, so you can apply for a job and network at the same time.