Everyone has a story about how they were trying to get into their dream company, but yet couldn’t seem to get through the front door. Instead of breaking it down by forcing your way in, try using the side entrance. Smart careerists will start by identifying a target company, then gradually and progressively networking their way toward people who work at the company to finally have an inside track that ultimately can lead to interviews.

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