The Surprising Benefits of Virtual Networking

Are you someone who enjoys networking in person more than online? We understand that there’s nothing like connecting with others face-to-face, but if you aren’t aware, virtual networking is just as beneficial and could save you time and lead to similar, if not the same, opportunities.

So, how can it be just as beneficial?

Well, because:

  1. You can shut off your camera and go to the bathroom without anyone noticing.
  2. Sneak off to the kitchen for food.
  3. And wear whatever pants you like… business up the top, casual at the bottom.


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But more seriously:

1.    There are more networking events to choose from

With the internet, there’s more variety at our fingertips 🖥. If you’re after a particular event covering a specific topic or are working in a niche field, you’re likely to find what you’re looking for online with the countless events and platforms to choose from. With virtual networking, your opportunities are limitless.

And not to mention, it’s much more convenient.

2.    Access to new geographical areas 

In 2023 making industry connections around the globe can be highly beneficial for your career, especially if you’re interested in working overseas. At virtual networking events you’ll be able to meet new people you likely wouldn’t have at in-person events and gain new industry knowledge from a range of diverse professionals across the globe, which could lead to new career prospects abroad 🌎.

3.    You can attend and learn more 📚

Zoom eliminates the need to physically travel, allowing you to attend multiple networking events within a smaller time frame. By attending virtual events, you’ll be able to fit more into your busy schedule and have the opportunity to gain more valuable knowledge.

And because you can fit extra virtual events into your workweek, you’ll also be able to meet double the people compared to an in-person event, increasing your career progression opportunities.

4.    Can be less intimidating

If you spend all your energy stressing and pre-empting face-to-face networking events, you might find it less daunting to ‘work the room’ at virtual events. You won’t need to worry about looking alone or stressing about your body language; instead, you can concentrate on the topic, learn new knowledge, and make strong connections.

But keep in mind that to expand your network, it’s vital you make an effort to attend both in-person and virtual events during your career.

Remember to have a clear goal, follow up, and stay in touch:

But before you begin to network online, think about what you intend to get out of the event. What do you want to gain?

  • Do you want to expand your network with new contacts?
  • Do you want to learn something new to help with your career?
  • Did you want to discuss potential job opportunities with professionals?

If you figure out exactly what you want before attending a virtual networking event and aim to achieve it, you’ll leave feeling accomplished.

As well as keeping a goal in mind, remember to follow up and stay in touch with the contacts you make through networking online, as this can help strengthen those new relationships. This can be as simple as sending a short email or checking in and connecting on social media platforms.

Have a question for us? If you’re a job seeker on the lookout for your next role, a hiring manager looking to fill a position, or want to know more about this topic, contact us at Humanised Group! We’re here to help you succeed.

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