Even if you're inherently shy, you still need to network if you want to advance in your IT career. Why Check out these stats from different publications regarding networking's role in today's career paths:
The Wall Street Journal reports that 94 percent of successful job hunters claimed that networking had made all the difference for them.
The U.S. Department of Labor reports that 63.4 percent of all workers use informal job finding methods.
Only 4-10 percent of the people who apply to jobs online are successful in obtaining employment. (Richard Bolles, What Color is Your Parachute)
In other words, networking works. Whether you're looking for professional development, a new job or just trying to climb the tech ladder, it's easy to see why it's so important.