When you network, you look for people who may be able to assist you with your career development. You meet people and develop relationships with them to build a network of valued and trusted contacts.
Many jobs are not publically advertised and networking can be your connection to the hidden job market. You should understand that you are not asking for a job when you network. You are asking for information and advice. When you market your skills and interests to the right people, potential employers who are looking to fill positions will find you. Networking can be intimidating and challenging. Some interactions will be better than others. Like anything else it gets easier with practice, so just keep trying.Why Network?