Is In-Person The Only Way To Do Networking?
Clearly attending in-person networking events is the Autobahn of networking: the obvious, straight, fast and easy way that everybody knows.
However, for some of you, attending networking events is not practical. Perhaps you are looking for a job in another country. Or maybe you live in a remote area. Possibly you are uncomfortable meeting new people in an unpredictable environment. If you're like me, it's the decibels at events that drive you crazy.
Also different cultures approach networking differently. For some, meeting entirely new people in a crowded and loud environment is perfectly normal and comfortable (think Italy) but in others a much quieter setting would be preferred (think Finland). In a culture like the US it is expected of you to share your accomplishments whereas in Japan a much more humble attitude is the norm.