Now let's start talking about how to network. Networking is a popular buzzword that is defined by the professional relationships you make to positively impact anything from your day-to-day career to your long-term career goals. You can literally network with just about anyone...people in your classes, the people you work with, someone you meet on the street, etc. The first part of networking is starting a conversation with someone and finding a common interest or belief. If you talk to a recruiter who is into deep sea fishing and you are a total deep sea fishing fanatic, you've just started your network! Don't be afraid to talk to anyone and everyone. Being shy just is not a good excuse not to talk to people. You'd be surprised who you can strike up conversation with if you try. For example, I've struck up conversations with recruiters while at work that I ended up interviewing with or just plain being friends with. Many of them are still in my network. Now here's the big secret about networking...it's just talking. If you can strike up a conversation...you can network.
For extra resources with networking, please reference these past entries:
How to Use LinkedIn: http://spartanjobseeker.blogspot.com/2009/08/im-linkedin-youre-linkedin-were-all.html
Maintaining Your Network: http://spartanjobseeker.blogspot.com/2009/06/maintaining-your-network.html
Hopefully all this helps! Now get out there and network!