Technical skills, good grades and even a keen intellect are necessary but may not be sufficient to get you to where you want to go.
Research estimates that up to 80% of jobs are found through networking. The value of networking in the job search cannot be understated. Trying to land a job by conventional methods such as online job boards or structured recruitment programs can be extremely difficult - one recruiter shared that for a recent graduate engineering program, there were 1,600 applicants for just 30 jobs.
But networking can be daunting, especially if you are an introvert. Traditional networking events seem to best suit people who are loud or outgoing. And if you are an introvert (like me), that is probably not you.
There is a better way.