Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 19, 2014
Great question! The easiest and simplest way to accomplish this is to get on professional networking web sites and dig around. You will need to have an idea of what field you want to get into and in what locations. LinkedIn and GlassDoor and great sites for this. Both have advanced searching capability that allow you search for people by company, location, keyword, etc. Another great tool on LinkedIn is their professional groups. Try to search for those groups that are applicable to what you want to do and request to join them. Once in the group, you have the ability to send messages to the other group members, which could be the beginning of your actual networking efforts. GlassDoor let's you learn details about companies from those have work there now or have in the past. This is another good first step in identifying those with whom to network.