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Count your contacts -- and make them count

The word "networking" is often thrown around during the job search process. Certainly, the ability to network is important. The question is, what is the best way to do it? The answer, according to Vickie Elmer of The Washington Post, is to take a three-pronged approach. It's essential to develop contacts online and offline in addition to following up diligently. Being positive, especially in the face of personal adversity, is also important.

Even in this economic climate, a negative outlook might make you look desperate or weak to a contact who could potentially help you land a job. Also, setting time aside for one-on-one meetings and events is a step in the right direction. "Choose great events by asking people which ones they find valuable and which are a waste of time," Elmer writes. Read the full article.

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