Networking is not about how many resumes or business cards you hand out, but how you establish rapport and build a relationship that can lead to opportunities. Attending a networking event is only the beginning of the networking process. Effective networking takes time and builds lasting relationships where both parties can help one another. Related: 18 Easy Conversation Starters For Networking Events Many job seekers I often speak with are intimidated by networking events. It's not that they do not want to network; it's that they don't know how to approach people they don't know. As much as we all want to know how others can help us, when networking, it's not recommended for you to go straight into pitching. It's a turnoff to many people, especially when you don't know the person. So, how does a job seeker tackle breaking the ice at networking events and approach people in a way that later affords relationships where they can help one another?