Working it in professional organizations

Mastering this tried-and-true business activity will serve your career well

employer on what she learned and what she plans to do with the information. Even if your employer doesn’t shell out the money, pay for memberships yourself, says Siler. (For the self-employed, these fees are a tax-deductible business expense.) Getting to know the leaders in your field and staying on top of current trends is well worth the investment.

For more on networking, read:
Power Schmoozing: The New Etiquette for Social and Business Success by Terri Mandell
McGraw-Hill, $14.95

The Vault.com Guide to Schmoozing by Vault.com
Houghton Mifflin, $12

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