Networking is the creation and active maintenance of a group of acquaintances for the mutual benefit of the group. A network provides a person with support, feedback, advice, and resources. For example, an acquaintance can provide insights into what characteristics to look for when hiring a new marketing manager, or can act as a go-between to arrange a meeting with a possible recruit, or is available as a sounding board when dealing with a difficult union contract renewal. The members of a network have differing experiences and skills, which can be drawn upon to expand one’s capabilities.

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