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How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

How to Turn a Stranger into a Network Contact

Whether you’re looking for a job or trying to advance your career, networking is very important (in a recent HotJobs poll, 57 percent of respondents said that networking was a factor in landing their most recent job). And networking shouldn’t end when you log off of LinkedIn or head home from a conference. Valuable contacts are on the perimeter of your social circle, they’re the parents of your kids’ school chums, they’re sitting next to you on airplanes—basically, they’re all around you every day. So how do you turn these people from relative strangers into valuable network contacts?

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