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Networking isn't on everyone's priority list, but you can improve the quality of your professional network by preparing, planning, and committing. Networking may help you build and enhance your level of expertise, stay ahead of the trends, keep an eye on the career path, meet potential mentors, colleagues, and customers, and get access to the tools you need to advance your career. With the proper employee referral, your chances of getting the job rise tenfold. And, if you want to make a career shift, your professional connections may pay off handsomely over time.