Successful job seekers will continue to network well, not just with other meeting professionals, but with people who do the hiring at other organizations. Supplier partners can be good sources of information—they know when their key contacts are moving on, so they know when openings are coming up.

Sources: Steven Williams, PhD, director of industry and market research, American Society of Association Executives; Sheryl Sookman, CMP, principal, The MeetingConnection, Novato, Calif.; Jim Zaniello, recruiter, Association Strategies, Arlington, Va.; Barbara Dunlavey, CMP, director of meetings and exhibits, American School Food Service Association, Alexandria, Va.; Dawn Penfold, The Meeting Candidate Network Inc., New York.