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Conference coming up? Network like pros

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business professionals networkingNetworking is critical for building a great career, and there’s no better place to do it than a professional conference. A little preparation will help you get the most out of the experience. Try these tips from the pros:

•  Start with a goal. Articulate two outcomes you hope to get out of the event, such as meeting three new people or getting one new job lead, advises Laura Katen of the Daily Muse. “Knowing ahead of time what you’re hoping to accomplish will help you stay focused—not aimlessly wandering around,” she says.

•  Use social media to make connections in advance. Look up the speakers of the sessions you plan to attend, advises Trish McFarlane, HR Ringleader blog. Reach out on LinkedIn, and send them notes saying you look forward to their presentation.

Then go on Twitter and find people who are talking about the conference. Follow them and ask what they are looking forward to at the conference, what sessions they a...(register to read more)

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