Job seekers should take a "wingman" with them to get the most out of networking events, suggests Naomi Snyder, managing editor of Bank Director magazine. They should split up at the event and meet and greet others, Snyder advises, then get back together and make introductions for each other. Such a strategy can help job seekers overcome awkwardness in meeting others, while partnering can help keep each person accountable, she writes.

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