We’ve all heard the adage, “It’s not what you know, but
who you know,” and it’s especially true when you’re searching for
employment. Many of the best jobs are unadvertised, so networking helps you to
find hidden opportunities. Further, when you use someone you know to introduce
you to a possible employer, you’ve got the benefit of a ready-made reference
going into the relationship.

We’ve gathered a few resources to help you make business
networking a part of your everyday life.

Resources for making valuable business contacts

Networking has become such an important part of career
development that several social networking portals have recently emerged. Sites
like Spoke and
aim specifically to help users make meaningful business connections. If
you’d like to learn more about these types of sites and which might best suit
your needs, check out this white paper:

Online Social and Business Networking Communities

This white paper provides a look at recently developed social networking
portals that allow users to create and maintain a network of close friends
or business associates for social and/or professional reasons. The main
types of social networking sites are classified, and the paper also
provides an evaluation of their features and functionality.

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