People use networking to develop (and share) their skills and knowledge, and make contact with useful people in their line of work. Playing an active role in conversations about work-related issues can help you excel in your current role, build the good will and respect of peers to whom you are able to offer useful advice and ideas, and make you visible to prospective employers when job opportunities come up. (Although it’s important to keep in mind that job offers and opportunities are a happy bi-product of networking, not the main purpose. See our Finding a Job section for more on how to use networking to look for work.)
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