As a Coach who specializes in Career Change Strategizing, I can narrow that research down significantly. It still requires time and energy on your part, but these “go to” places for finding key information will help you avoid the often daunting task of networking (if I had a nickel for every time I’ve had a client say they HATE networking, I wouldn’t need to work!). So this is the easiest networking you’ll ever do… and some of it doesn’t even require you to talk to another human being.
First, you need to put on your Investigative Reporter Hat! And leave the job seeker at home. All the resources I’ve laid out here require you to be seeking information, not jobs. Because, if you approach with a hidden agenda, you may find your reception becomes less than warm.
Here are 3 resources through which you can access valuable, career-specific information easily and quickly without feeling like you’re imposing on someone’s time or to find people in the field to talk to.