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8. Take a leap. Got a business idea you're eager to try? It's easier to handle the risk when you don't have a mortgage or kids to support.

To get started, tap into advice from entrepreneurs your age via the Young Entrepreneur Council, which recently launched #StartupLab (mystartuplab.com), a free virtual mentorship program with live video chats, expert content, and e-mail lessons.

9. Be socially savvy. 92% of employers now use Linkedln, Facebook, and Twitter to find talent. Make it easy for hiring managers to find you and be impressed, says Chicago executive coach Jill Bremer. Use Google Dashboard to monitor your online mentions and help remove unwanted content.

A complete profile greatly increases the likelihood you'll be contacted about a job, Linkedln has found; a photo in professional context helps too.


  @Money - Last updated April 16 2013 11:23 AM ET
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