By Kim Monaghan, career columnist
The word “networking” makes many people cringe. Somewhere along the line, this vital process in career advancement garnered a tainted reputation, a few battle scars and an unjustifiably abused moniker. Perhaps, it stems from those who have misused networking to gain unfair advantages in their quest of climbing the corporate ladder. Or maybe networking’s a victim of word association, as it’s often paired with strong arm sales techniques.