In business school you often hear that networking is an important skill to master– but we know it is the often uncomfortable process of contacting strangers that stops our students from doing it.
Though the initial phase of outreach may seem scary at first, it’s important to understand its importance: experts estimate that a staggering 70 – 85% of jobs result from networking. With this, and an increasingly competitive market due to current events, including COVID-19, becoming comfortable with the process of reaching out to strangers and beginning to network has never been more valuable.
To learn more about overcoming fear, discomfort, and anxiety related to networking, click the following links and consider scheduling an appointment with your career coach in Handshake.
- 5 Hacks for Overcoming Social Anxiety and Networking Like a Pro
- 4 Ways to Overcome Networking Fears
- Stop Feeling Awkward, Nervous, and Lonely at Networking Events