Something that really confuses me when looking at job boards, in particular US based ones, is the emphasis on networking for getting a new job. I have never gotten a new position through networking, it's always been through applying for a role on either LinkedIn or other jobs sites.
Now, I'm based in Ireland and spent half my career working in the UK, also in engineering, so maybe those things make it different, but I'd be really interested to hear of other people who haven't had the experience of using networking for their next position?
Pretty often people say the application works for junior positions but not senior, but even now, 20yrs in and in a senior engineering role (site engineering manger is the highest I can get without going to multi site) - still got this position through applying to an ad....
Really curious to see if my experience is that unusual?