The Sunday New York Times has a short article on the importance of networking when you are searching for new employment. You May Not Like It, But Learn To Network faces the reality that most of us do not like to network but if you want new employment it's crucial.
According to the article, you are more likely to find your next job through someone you know and not from sending your resume by email. The author has some great tips on how to get started in what one person calls "the deliberate process of making connections of mutual benefit." One of the great places to network is at networking groups such as HAPPEN.