All the career advisors are telling people right now that the best way to get a job is through personal contacts, also known as "networking." The process they describe usually involves "informational interviews," in which one goes out and makes contacts, but without the direct objective of asking/applying for a job. In theory, these contacts eventually will put you first in line when a manager decides to open up a job somewhere. Such jobs supposedly are often filled before they could be listed through the HR department, a Web site, or a newspaper ad. Am I the only person who doesn't understand how this is supposed to work? I've talked to most of the people I know, and it's the same story everywhere: "We've been laying off over here. Hiring is about the last thing on their minds right now..." To me, it seems this process could be described as "asking for a job, without asking for a job." But how does it REALLY work? And what if you need to move somewhere (i.e., Dallas) where you don't know a lot of people yet?