How to Network Effectively Online: 6 Networking Tips

When it comes to building a career or business, the importance of networking is unparalleled. Here are six tips that will help you network effectively online during COVID-19.

Networking can be time-consuming and stressful. But, when it comes to building a career or business, the importance of networking is unparalleled. (Even now, when in-person networking seldom exists.) Networking can be the difference between landing your dream job, or being picked over by another equally-qualified candidate who happened to know the right person. In fact, when it comes to landing a job statistics show that 85% of positions are filled by networking


Whether you’re looking for a new job, meeting with new clients, or even on the hunt for potential investors in your new company, you’ll need to know how to network effectively—while social distancing—in the era of COVID-19. Here are six tips that will help you network effectively online.


1. Don’t be afraid to ask for a meeting

Meeting anyone for the first time is nerve-wracking. Even in a business setting, the thought process is similar to that of a first date: Are they even interested in meeting with me? If so, where do we meet? What should I wear? 

Don’t be afraid to ask someone for a Zoom meeting—people are home and (often) have a little extra time on their hands. Even better, a study has shown that 84% of people actually prefer remote meetings, versus face-to-face. Next time if you’re wondering if you should reach out to someone, stop worrying and ask yourself, “What’s the best that could happen?”


2. Recommend a short meeting

In-person meetings are usually 30 minutes or longer—this justifies the travel time it takes to meet face-to-face. Now since everything is done over Zoom, Skype, or Google Meet, there’s really little to no effort to meet. So, ask for a short meeting—10 or 15 minutes should suffice—and make the most of your time. Efficiency is key!


3. Use a virtual background

Virtual backgrounds are a must for video calls. When you use a virtual background, gone are the days of worrying about tidying up behind you, or wondering if your kids are going to make an appearance. (Trust us, parents, this tool will help you avoid a situation like this one!) Using a virtual background helps maintain professionalism, keeps your home private, and helps avoid distractions on both sides of the conversation.

4. Have your digital business card ready 

In a large Zoom meeting and don’t know everyone? Use a HiHello virtual background that includes your digital business card. Your name, title, company and logo displayed on the left of your screen, and a QR code linking to your digital business card on the right. Everyone in the meeting will know who you are, and will have access to your contact information. Best of all, they’re completely free.


5. Look the part, but don’t go overboard

We don’t recommend rolling out of bed and hopping on a Zoom call within five minutes of waking up, but it’s completely fine to not get as dressed up for a meeting as you normally would. Look presentable, but don’t spend too much time getting ready (because no one else is!). And remember—all what matters is what people can see on the video call. (Professional up top, PJs down below is always a go-to!)


6. Be human

The human element of networking is something that doesn’t get the credit it deserves. We’re not robots—we’re living, breathing humans with feelings and emotions. All in all, we’re living through an extremely strange, stressful, and trying time. Everyone’s in the same boat. Be understanding, be courteous, and be respectful. The only way to get through this pandemic is together (figuratively, not literally because, you know, social distancing). 



Did you find this article helpful, or have any networking tips of your own that you’d like to share? Let us know, or email us at feedback@hihello.me

  Recommended