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Amy Coleman on November 2, 2012
Building one's network has historically been focused on the in-person connection - meetings, handshakes, sharing meals, cocktails and conversation. But times have changed. Making meaningful connections is not solely reserved for face to face contact anymore. While connecting with professionals via cyberspace is now easier than ever, it's important to keep in mind some guidelines and techniques to maximize these moments.
BrazenCareerist.com's recently published article, The Fine Art of the Networking Email, touched on some really important aspects of cyber networking that are easily applicable to many pieces of networking online:
This approach to networking is meant to come across as natural as possible, not a way to nag someone about giving you a job. You researched your field, saw someone's work that you connected with and wanted to learn more about, so you've taken a proactive approach to connect with them. For more useful information on networking in cyberspace, visit our looking for work section, paying special attention to the Guide to LinkedIn and Informational Interviews.