B efore this pandemic, one thing that we all relied heavily on was the human connection. Now, in a time when our world has been flipped upside down, we have had to make necessary adjustments – not just in how businesses operate, but in how we connect. So why is virtual connection important? While some opportunities and in-person networking may be on pause – relationship building is not.
Let’s be honest for a second – in-person networking can be overwhelming. You get nervous. The conversation can be awkward. It can be difficult to appropriately and professionally interrupt a group that’s mid-conversation. No matter how many professional networking events I’ve been to or coordinated, I still get nervous.
The rapid heartbeat and shortness of breath – every time! In today’s world, we’re having to rely more and more on virtual networking, which can help to ease some of that unwanted nervousness.
With virtual networking, people are able to connect in their own environment, where they may feel more comfortable (pants not required). Companies across the globe are still able to host online Meet and Greet sessions, virtual coffee chats, in-classroom presentations, and more. The opportunity for you to expand your professional network is still there. The human connection is still there. It’s just different.
There are so many online platforms that allow us to continue to connect. Don’t let self-isolation keep you from making new relationships, learning about new opportunities, and meeting new people. Not only does virtual networking help you with future opportunities, it also gives you the opportunity to find professional mentors.
In a time like this, technology continues to enable us to perform at a high level. It allows us the opportunity to stay connected, to stay human, and have some sense of normal.
Have you never used a virtual platform before? No problem! Follow the links below to find high-level introductions to each platform along with instructions on how to download them for free.
Now go ahead and download them so we can chat!
Professional Networking Groups
Meagan Damrow is Director of Talent Acquisition in ATG's Missoula office. She has been with ATG since March 2017, and adds a wealth of knowledge and experience in technology recruiting.
Her love of Dr. Pepper is a bit disturbing, however.