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How can I use social networking to help my career and develop professionally?

Social networks shine a light on the inextricability of personal and professional relationships. Your career is as strong as your personal network; and these days, with people spending more and more time at work, your personal life may only be as vital as your professional network.

If you're comfortable breaking down the mythical wall that separates personal life from professional duty, you'll find that social networks can make you happier and more productive on both sides of the equation. The ambient collegiality of status update services (like Twitter or Facebook) bring you into closer contact with your professional peers, until you feel like you're real friends. Old classmates and pals turn up on LinkedIn or Facebook, and become your latest business resource. Get fluent with social networks and discover the power of relationship.

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