I'm not good at networking. People don't believe me when I say this, because they know of me and think I'm everywhere. But I found my first tech job through a Craigslist ad and the second through a generic job posting board. I knew no one at either company. My first conference talk was the first time I had attended that conference, and I knew no one on the talks committee. My first pro fiction sale was an anonymous submission, all identifying information stripped off.
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