In order to create an efficient plan for job search or career management, we can't just log into Monster.com and start looking for jobs and instead must follow a logical process. The first step in either seeking a job or changing careers is research. One must figure out where the jobs are, who is hiring, and what are the prospects for the future. This needs to be followed up by "Self Assessment". You need to figure out what you are good at and what is stopping you from enhancing your current position. Next in line would be a plan to market yourself and generate leads. The most commonly perceived way of marketing yourself is the resume, but other marketing efforts including networking are also key.
Networking is the most efficient and under-used form of career management. Not only can it provide you with excellent job leads, it is the best way of bouncing ideas off decision makers in your field of choice. It is believed at up to 70% of all new hires found their jobs through networking and not the traditional methods of job search. Career networking is not a request for employment, but a request for relevant information, advice or a favor from a decision maker. It targets a large percentage of jobs that are usually hidden from view. That is, these jobs are in various stages of existance and usually have not been communicated to the public. They are only accessible through the right people and are often created once a suitable candidate successfully networks with the decision maker.