Ask any seasoned journalist how they got their current job, and it will likely boil down to one word: networking. Networking, the practice of making interpersonal connections to access professional opportunities, has existed for decades. In fact, according to a 2016 study from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 70 percent of new jobs are now filled through networking.
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When entrepreneur Rachel Jenks attended her first networking session, she was so nervous, she forgot to take off her coat. She kept the thick winter jacket on as she mingled, struggling to maneuver through the crowd. “It was probably 90 degrees in the room, but there are pictures of me with my coat on the entire time,” Jenks said.