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Everyone tells me I need to network to find a job, but I’m shy and can’t get myself to do it. Will that doom my search?

Q: Everyone tells me I need to network to find a job, but I’m shy and can’t get myself to do it. Will that doom my search?

A: No, but it may mean that your search will take longer. Four out of five people get a new job via what is called the “hidden market”–through networking…but there also are more accessible postings now than there used to be, so the “open market” still works, too.

Be creative about the sites you check regularly, include some not just designed for legal jobs, like indeed.com, and consider networking as well as receiving job alerts online, such as through LinkedIn. That may even jump start your networking, without having to go anywhere or even actually speak to anyone.

The Internet is a great equalizer for all types of personalities. Let it help you in your search.