Networking, Virtual Networking, and LinkedIn

Updated by Cynthia A. Lockley, 17 July 2018, 20 April 2019, 1 January 2023

We all depend on professional and social Networking to form the relationships and to obtain the information that we need to survive socially and professionally. “Networking” and “Connections” are impersonal terms to use when describing a human activity that is as old as human society and the spoken word—such terms make us sound as if we are part of the Internet. Unfortunately, these terms have become a part of popular culture.

Recently, professional virtual networking, especially via the LinkedIn professional networking web site, has become popular among many of the active members of the Washington D.C. chapter.

LinkedIn is built around the assumption that each of us has a circle of trusted collaborators, colleagues and friends, and that each of them has their own circle, and so on. If each person in these concentric circles has an online resume, and the linkages between them is known, then you could, for instance, quickly identify someone who works at a company where you just interviewed, even though they’re a “friend of a friend.”

A basic LinkedIn membership is free, and creating a profile on LinkedIn is like posting your resume on Monster. You can create a basic profile for yourself in less than 30 minutes.

Hopefully, you can look past the mechanistic connotations of the terms “Networking” and “Connections” and use these resources to help you take advantage of the opportunities for meeting and interacting with your colleagues that professional virtual networking sites like LinkedIn offer.


“Networking for Job Search and Career Success”
L. Michelle Tullier, Ph.D. JIST Works, c. 2004

“Jeffrey Gitomer’s Little Black Book of Connections: 6.5 Assets For Networking Your Way to RICH Relationships”
“Everyone wants to connect with someONE for someTHING or some reason. This book is about how to make value connections, not just acquaintances.”—Jeffrey Gitomer

“Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success” 2nd Edition
Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. American Management Association c. 2007″
This is the definitive book on person-to-person networking. It’s a complete methodology, i.e., step-by-step “cookbook”, on how to network.”—The Business Ledger.

International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA)
Social network analysts “. . . believe that how an individual lives depends in large part on how that individual is tied into the larger web of social connections. Many believe, moreover, that the success or failure of societies and organizations often depends on the patterning of their internal structure.”

Networking for Shy People

Networking for Nerds— Chief Architect on Using LinkedIn

Shyness Home Page sponsored by the Shyness Institute.

Shyness… Or Social Anxiety Disorder? from the SocialAnxiety Institute They are also on Twitter @SocAnxInst

Find Shyness and Social Anxiety Discussion Boards in Meetup.

Social Anxiety Disorder: More Than Just Shyness from The National Institute of Mental Health Information Resource Center (NIH-NIMH)

Introduction To Virtual Networking

Expand Your Connections Through Online Networking by By Eileen Gunn
Computerworld | JAN 26, 2004

The Virtual Handshake: Opening Doors and Closing Deals OnLine
David Teten, Scott Allen, AMACOM/American Management Association c. 2005
This is an excellent book on virtual networking. It is available as a free Acrobat download or you can borrow it from your public library.

Book Review: The Virtual Handshake by John Stephen Veitch on Step by Step

Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age
Duncan J. Watts, W.W. Norton & Company c. 2003

"What a small world – or is it?" Steven Poole is fascinated by Duncan J Watts' Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age—a book review

Thom Singer's Some Assembly Required Blog is a business development / networking blog with discussions about the importance of building a network, creating your professional brand, embracing marketing, and fine tuning sales skills.

How To Do Virtual Networking

Introduction to LinkedIn

Sample Networking Correspondence

About LinkedIn

Getting Started With LinkedIn YouTube video

Smart Ways to Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn Profile Extreme Makeover by Guy Kawasaki

LinkedIn and Privacy law: LinkedIn participates in the Data Protection Directive (DPD) – EU Safe Harbor Privacy Framework and is certified to meet the strict privacy guidelines of the European Union.
As of 25 May 2018, the above Data Protection Directive was superseded by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

LinkedIn Etiquette—20 Do's and Don'ts

Scobleizer, a blog with lots of comments about LinkedIn

LinkedIn Intelligence Blog, an unofficial linkedIn resource.

Job Searching with LinkedIn

How to Use LinkedIn for Job Searching

How to Use LinkedIn Effectively  Updated

What are best practices for a LinkedIn job search?

Finding Virtual Jobs

125 Virtual Companies That Embrace Remote Working from Flex Jobs

About the Author

Hugh Owen's LinkedIn profile

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