05/23/2013 11:10 am ET Updated Jul 23, 2013

How Women Can Use Friendships To Boost Their Careers

If you have a talented, hard-working friend who's at a crossroads in her career or building a business, why not help her? If you're the one who's in a bind, looking to change jobs, or determined to move up the corporate ladder, perhaps you should turn to your own friends for guidance.

We often employ mentors, coaches, and advisors when we need help advancing our careers--but as it turns out, a trusted confidant can be just as vital to one's professional success.

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