Networking strategies for introverts

  • Networking can be crucial to career success. Yet the very idea of networking can fill introverts with dread.
  • An introvert-friendly rethink of how networking might be thought of and approached — with confidence — is possible.
  • The article outlines some practical steps to help introverts embrace networking.

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A LinkedIn study revealed that 80 per cent of professionals consider networking to be important to career success, with 70 per cent of the same group indicating they were hired at a company where they had a connection. 

Networking is clearly important; developing and maintaining a prospective disposition to connecting and communicating with other professionals can undoubtedly open doors and reveal opportunities that might otherwise be hidden. Yet this crucial career-enhancing behaviour can present a real challenge for introverts. Its association with needless self-promotion can often jar with those who prefer quieter social interaction. However, there are a number of ways for introverts to find their own authentic networking groove. Here are some ideas to consider.

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