Ben Henick noted: >>Again, a lot of this has to do with approaches. Research, research, >>research. There are directories with listings of mid-level and senior >>managers at all manner of companies - and certainly a well-appointed >>library is likely to have a few. Hi Ben, I'll just stick my 2¢ in here and mention the value that membership and _attendance_ at professional society meetings can have to a job seeker. While I suppose that technology or IT groups might be worthwhile - here I'm talking more of an 'industry' level or 'functional' level approach. If you want to work in health care, there are quite a few health care groups you could investigate joining. If you want to work in supply chain, you could make good contacts at an APICS meeting. That kind of thing. Hey. Impressing a purchasing manager with what you could do for him <sigh /> if only his company's IT folks would hire you ... gives you a 'champion' on the inside - and you can't beat that with a stick! RonL.