A rich professional network opens doors to future internships, career opportunities and peers. You never know who in your network might serve as a job reference, provide you with important information, act as a sounding board or resource, or become a potential employer. Think about everyone you know. Each person you meet has a wealth of skills, talents, insights – and further connections.

Whether you are networking in person or over the Web, increasing your professional network requires ethical networking skills. The strongest relationships are based on trust and are built over time – through multiple contacts and conversations. The best networkers ask questions, follow-up, offer their help and are great listeners.