Regardless of your industry, networking basics remain the same: make good connections, listen well and follow up. The more quality connections that you have and the more you know how to effectively use them, the better positioned you'll be for career success.
This overview of business networking and advice on how to use social networking from About.com's Career Channel Guides will help you network your way to success - regardless of your career field or industry.
On a related note, here are tips on how to find contacts at companies to help with your job search. The more insiders you know at a company, the better your chances for getting hired.
Networking really does work. In fact, I've lost track of the number of people I know who got a job because they had a contact at the right company at the right time.
If you haven't done much networking, give it a try. If you're a pro, take some to revitalize your network and make sure you're connected with everyone you should be.
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