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Consider becoming part of industry groups and associations long before you're searching for a job. As previously mentioned, you can be part of virtual groups on LinkedIn or Facebook, for example. The key here is to approach your choice of groups strategically. Know your objective: What value are you looking for in the group? What value can you add to the group? The more you put into a group, and the more you network with its members, the more you'll get out of the group.

Don't do all of your networking electronically. Go to meetings, build relationships over the phone, and connect with people in person, so they'll remember you when you need help.

Professional memberships look good on a résumé. More importantly, they help with the job search. Virtually all of the best jobs are found through networking with other professionals.

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