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As a professional, building a successful career has never been more difficult. Not only are there fewer jobs available for a more skilled workforce, but competition for any given job is through the roof. A recent study conducted by CareerBuilder.com found that, in addition to the 8% unemployment rate, 77% of people who already have jobs are also looking for their next gig. Related: Why Starting A Blog Could Help Your Job Search Job seekers have to stay sharp if they want to have a chance in this hypercompetitive market. They have to make sure their skills are up-to-date and their resumes are polished, but self-promotion is becoming increasingly important to getting noticed. For an increasing number of professionals, a personal website is the answer. According to research by Workfolio, 56% of people surveyed felt that websites were the best self-promotion tool currently available. Here are some additional reasons why you should start building a personal website:

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