Networking in a virtual world

Posted On 14 Oct 2022

Networking in a virtual world

14 Oct 2022
Welcome to October's edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

The Assistants Newsletter

Welcome to October's edition of The Assistants Newsletter!

We hope you enjoyed our first edition of The Assistants Newsletter.

This month we look at networking in the virtual world. It is a skill I am sure 5 years ago, we never expected would be necessary to learn. But now it is an integral part of our day to day working lives, and constantly evolving.

We hope you enjoy!

Much love


Networking in a virtual world
Walking into a room full of strangers, striking up a conversation and engaging in insightful chit-chat, for most, is uncomfortable, excruciating even. What do I say? Will I look incompetent? Should I even be here? – all these thoughts (plus a hundred more) are so typical when faced with a networking situation. If you are reading this thinking ‘I love networking’, ‘it’s great to meet new people’ then please take pity on those lingering next to the coffee table, nervously glancing around the room. Be the one to strike up the conversation! They will be forever grateful!

This article is not about your run-of-the-mill networking though. It is about the relatively new world of virtual networking. Networking virtually, can be an easier alternative, but you still need to make the effort. Joining the ‘room’ but not actually contributing– is not a good thing! You are on the meeting/breakout room/online conference, but your camera is off or maybe you are there but remain on mute. Be careful not to fall into this trap, and instead, make the most of these virtual opportunities.

Networking whether virtual or in-person provides a wealth of learning and development opportunities and can prove essential for career progression. You share ideas, receive feedback, build relationships, grow your knowledge, and can even find a new job. When searching for a new role one of the best ways to do so is through your network! If you aren’t sure where to start with virtual networking, we have some ideas….


The first and most obvious virtual network is LinkedIn. If you are not on it, we recommend you sign up, immediately. But having an account is not enough. To see the full potential of this virtual world you need to engage and not just scroll through the feed and like a few posts! Search for groups relevant to your area or speciality and be active. Follow the industries or companies you are interested in and the people providing educational content. Share thoughts, insights, or information. As with networking events in real life the value comes when you have something to give.

Conferences and meetings

Many conferences and educational meetings are now taking place online. If they have ‘breakout’ sessions, be an active participant; show your face (yes, cameras on please) and discuss and converse with the content. You may find that you are more engaged and consequently learn more this way. When attending a conference face to face, you might well drop the organiser or guest speaker a thank you email or similar, do not forget these small touches when you attend a virtual event. They mean just as much and will help strengthen your network. We see it at EST10 all the time – those who ask a question in our masterclasses or send an email afterwards tend to stick in our minds!

Virtual catch ups

Consider reaching out to lapsed contacts with online networking. A virtual coffee or even a phone call are good ways to reconnect. Even catching up with colleagues in this more informal way can bring about learning opportunities. Networking doesn’t always have to be external to your organisation. Networking within the place you work is essential. With ever-increasing numbers of people working from home, being available to catch up with other teams, different areas of your business, or even close colleagues keeps you connected.

Finally, when networking virtually, treat it like you would in-person networking. Do not mistake virtual for informal, keep conversation professional and steer clear of any topic that may be personal or controversial. And remember, networking is not about quantity, it is about the quality of connections and what you do with those. With a virtual network, the whole world is available to us, think big and reach out to those across the globe who might offer you new perspectives, insights, and opportunities.

Good luck!


Networking in a virtual world

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About the author
Roxanne Calder
Managing Director

As Founder and Managing Director at EST10, Roxanne has an all-encompassing role that includes building and growing the business, as well as actively recruiting and consulting.

After completing a Bachelor’s Degree at Monash University, Roxanne began her recruitment career with renowned recruiter Julia Ross. From there, Roxanne worked in HR and recruitment with a number of global players and boutique businesses throughout Australia, the UK, Singapore and Hong Kong for over 20 years. She has been responsible for managing large teams and projects, implementing RPO models, managing and assisting businesses to an IPO and assisting companies in setting up their recruitment teams and processes.

Following completion of her MBA at the Australian Graduate School of Management, Roxanne launched EST10 in July 2010. In doing so, she hoped to combine the flexibility and high touch service levels of boutique agencies with the structure and strategy afforded to larger firms. Roxanne believes in high-touch, high-care consulting and is always on the lookout for consultants that share this vision of recruitment.