Pro Tips for Networking Remotely (Because Meeting Up for Coffee Isn't Always an Option)
Here's something you may not have realized: Right now is actually a good time to network. If the idea of forging genuine professional connections in the middle of a pandemic sounds a little nuts and borderline impossible, it's time to change your frame of mind. Just because the coronavirus has taken in-person meetings off the table doesn't mean your need to grow as a professional has disappeared, too.
True, you can't meet someone for coffee, drop by a networking event, or swing by someone's office for a face-to-face conversation right now, but there are so many other ways to keep your network strong (and growing) from a distance. And the good news is, a lot of the networking advice you hear so often still holds true—it just needs a bit of a tweak to fit the current environment. Here, two career experts spill their secrets on how to use this strange virtual age to your advantage— instead of letting it stop you from making valuable connections.