And they're not afraid to take a step back first.
We all know no one posts the best jobs. The really juicy positions usually get handed around like a treasured prize within social networks. Maybe you'll see a notice on LinkedIn, or a posting on your alumni listserv — but probably not. The most exciting jobs have an infinite number of aspirants, so unless you've been personally recommended by someone close to the action, it's difficult to get noticed.
But what I learned again and again during the course of researching my book, Reinventing You, is that the smartest, savviest professionals don't wait for a posting to appear. They make their own opportunities, and get rewarded handsomely for it.