Academic job seekers should look for ways to help those in their network -- instead of seeking their help -- writes Allison M. Vaillancourt, vice president for human resources at the University of Arizona, in Tucson. In this blog post, Vaillancourt writes that the best networkers look at new contacts as a way to enrich their own lives. "Rather than asking, 'What can they do for me?,' what if we asked, 'What might I learn from them?' or even better, 'What might I do for them?'" she advises.

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