Why now is the perfect time to network

Travel, commutes and social events are at a minimum which means most people have more time for conversation

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres on our open platform. We publish pieces as written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Community stories are not commissioned by our editorial team and must meet our guidelines prior to being published.

A majority of us are practicing stay at home guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. This means no time spent commuting, traveling or running to social events. But what this does mean is we all have a little more time than we had before when we were spending time in the car, on planes or in bars. 

Now more than ever it’s easier to get a hold of people, even the busiest of people, because in some way their schedule has opened up.  The excuses of I’m hopping on a plane or heading to happy hour just don’t come up right now.  This means it is a great time to reach out to people that may not have had an extra half hour in their schedule to chat before the pandemic. 

I was recently talking with a former colleague who is on the job hunt and he said that he’s had a way easier time getting in touch with people since we’ve been following the stay at home guidelines. Everyone seems to be more up for a phone call than they normally would if they were rushing through their day. 

Now is the time to catch up with old colleagues, friends you’ve been out of touch with or someone in your industry that’s usually extremely booked up. Most people are craving more interaction and are happy to set up some time to catch up. 

It’s important to keep up with your network since you never know, especially in these unprecedented times,  when you might need to lean on your network or when your network may need to lean on you. Staying in front your network is extremely helpful to keep you top of mind should an opportunity, introduction or lead come about. 

Create some advantage for yourself and others by scheduling networking time in your day. Hopefully you’ll be surprised at how re-connecting with others helps increase your positivity and sense of community. 

Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

You might also like...


5 Ways to innovate networking in an age of chronic ‘zoom fatigue’

by Alyce Peterson
Courtesy of VectorMine/Shutterstock
Work Smarter//

How I Learned to Love Networking as an Introvert

by Jessica Li
Africa Studio / Shutterstock
Thriving in the New Normal//

The Reason Every Day Feels the Same Right Now, According to Psychologists

by Lindsay Tigar
We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.