According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70% of all jobs are found through networking. In fact, some of those jobs never even hit or website or public job board; they are just created through networking. Being consumed with perfecting a resume and finding references, you might forget that networking could be the quickest way to a job.
People hire candidates they trust. This is not to say that if you apply to a company without a preexisting relationship that you are untrustworthy. Rather, there is a sense of trust and knowledge of who you are hiring with an individual you know through networking.
As mentioned in the social media section (Insert link), joining online communities are a great way to network. They could be location or industry specific or even alumni networks for your university. Another great tool for finding any local networking opportunities is with the MeetUp application. With this free app, you can find local events about numerous subjects from after hours networking to book clubs, MeetUp has it all.
Regardless of how you find your next networking opportunity, remember to always put your best self forward.