When is a Network a Notwork - Part 2

I was debating with a headhunter over the weekend the benefits of one’s professional network in times of trouble i.e. when you’re looking for work or help. The headhunter’s view is – work your network.

Well, recently a female IT journalist who had been a commissioning editor, and thus putting food into the mouths of a large clutch of IT journalists, moved into public relations; at her first press conference for a new IT client to which she had invited all the journos she knew, and to which most had accepted, three turned up.

Now, you may say journalists are a different breed, but this is the first of a number of tales about the effectiveness or not of networks. Any view anyone has about working ones professional network are most welcome.