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Q. People tell me the most important strategy in finding work is to network, so I've contacted everyone I know for a year, and I still don't have a job. I've done as you advise, and explained that I'm just asking them to check with others they know to see if they may know someone who may know someone who may be interested in me. Is there more?

Ans. Sometimes you can spread your network by helping others. You must know many people who also are searching for work. If you hear of something that may suit them, suggest their names. Every time you reach out to help someone else you impress that person and person you suggested them to-- and they'll remember you in a positive way and become added to your own network. It's bread cast upon waters returning twofold.

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