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Be a better networker

November 6, 2008: 1:25 PM ET

To supercharge your career, particularly when times get tough, you need a big, strong network of professional contacts -- people you can call on, and who know they can call on you, for advice, information, referrals, and introductions, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her November 7 Ask Annie column. Do you have a strong network? Could it be better? Has your network helped you find a job? Conversely, have you helped colleagues find work? What has helped you - and hasn't? Who's been most helpful? Any pet peeves?


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  • Does your employer deserve you?

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    In her November 20th column, Fortune's Anne Fisher looks at how someone can turn a part-time holiday job into a permanent position, especially this year when companies may not be hiring as many holiday temps as they did in recent years. Have you ever turned a part-time gig into a full-time job? How did you do it?

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  • Blow your own horn without being a blowhard

    In her Nov. 12 Ask Annie column Fortune's Anne Fisher describes how difficult it can be for some people to boast about their accomplishments at work.  How easy (or not) is it to get recognized where you work? Have you managed to take credit for a job well done without coming across as a know-it-all? How did you do it?

    - Nov 12, 2007 2:29 PM ET
  • 'But I deserved that promotion!'

    Recruiting-industry research shows that, when competing against outsiders for a bigger job, only about one-third of internal candidates win, writes Fortune's Anne Fisher in her April 3 Ask Annie column. Often, companies launch external searches even when they have strong candidates already on the payroll, she writes. Have you ever been passed over for a promotion you deserved? What did you do about it?

    - Apr 3, 2007 11:34 AM ET
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