Economics/Class Relations

A new era of networking

October 14, 2023 • 5 min read
with Diamond Naga Siu
Hey there — it’s Saturday! I’ve been cooking new dishes recently and really enjoy making copycat recipes (like my favorite Sweetgreen salad and the Carbone spicy rigatoni). I might try making some Chipotle dishes next, since the chain is raising prices for the fourth time in two years.


Before I go make some guac, I’m going to reconsider how to network after all the pandemic changes we’ve experienced. That’s our big story for today.

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But first, your network is your net worth.


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The big story
Networking for today


The pandemic altered many aspects of jobs as well as careers. And the changes in networking closely mirror how workplace trends have evolved in recent years.


“We’re probably better than 50% back to normal, but probably not as much as 75% back to normal,” Scott Fletcher, cofounder of executive search firm Intersection Growth Partners, told me about the volume of networking he’s seen.


His line of work depends on networking, and he’s noticed a decline in touch points across the board, including conference attendance and one-on-one meetups.


Multiple experts told me the way we network has changed due to the pandemic and discussed the modifications they’ve witnessed and experienced.


Social media = networking


Cheryl Campanaro, an area director at staffing firm Adecco, told me people are finding commonality in a virtual world, which can then pivot into an in-person collaboration.


“We’re pinging people on LinkedIn. We’re getting friend requests on Facebook, engaging in tweets, liking pictures on Instagram, viewing videos on TikTok — believe it or not, all of that is networking,” Campanaro said.


Plus, the normalization of using online platforms has streamlined and focused the networking process. Selva Param, a partner at executive search and leadership consultancy firm Stanton Chase, told me people are now more responsive to cold DMs.


“Ever since people moved into hybrid or remote because of the pandemic, more people are actually responsive towards direct messages,” Param said. “But now I can see more than 50% or 70% of people actually respond.”

Professional and personal lines are blurry.


Shonna Waters, a vice president at leadership coaching platform BetterUp, told me more conferences are offering childcare.


Waters was recently talking with a parent about how frequently schools schedule events during work hours. But she emphasized how day-to-day interactions can also be a chance to network, like chatting with neighbors or riding in Ubers.


“You’ve got to kind of look for opportunities to get two-for-ones often in terms of how to get your objectives met, because there’s just not necessarily a ton of discretionary hours to work with,” Waters told me.

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3. Apple CEO Tim Cook’s daily routine. He wakes up at 3:45 a.m. and reads hundreds of customer emails a day. Although Cook is intensely private, he’s divulged a few details of his life: gym habits, meetings, lunches, and more.

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3. Life as a sugar baby can be fun, but there are a lot of misconceptions. Palmar Kelly started posting videos on TikTok to destigmatize sex work and address the misconceptions of being a sugar baby. She said the least glamorous part is the shame other people make you feel.


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Diamond Naga Siu, senior reporter, in San Diego. Dan DeFrancesco, senior editor, in New York City. Hallam Bullock, editor, in London. Lisa Ryan, executive editor, in New York City.


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