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Guilty as charged. I hope that readers early in their career take this to heart. My approach has always been do a stellar job and things will work out. They don't always work out and sometimes stellar is beyond our control.

Later in my career networking did take hold and it is very helpful. The key as Valeria said is don't wait to need contacts to make them.

There are times when compromises must be made but don't confuse them with progress; keep sight on the larger goals you have set.

@Robert - maybe. The reason why I say that is because I receive calls and emails from people who expect me to come up with a job opportunity on the spot all the time. I have not heard from them in months, sometimes years, and now all of a sudden I get the call. I help as I can, of course. What is also astounding is that once they get what they need in terms of contact names and details they disappear again - no follow up. This practice is still in the majority. I *know* how hard it is to stay in touch, especially after starting a new job and with family and life... make a plan you can live with for your own career management. Or every time you start over.

@Austin - precisely. I could have not said it better myself.

It seems to me that you manage your career with each realtionship encountered daily...in and out of you sphere of industry. Thanks again Valeria for another outstanding post!

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