Networking is how most jobs are uncovered. Notwithstanding this, too many people spend hours scouring job boards instead of connecting with others.
Networking is not so hard and you don't have to go all in right away. Just give it a try.
If you lack confidence, the best way to go about it is to prepare and start slow. You could start networking online using LinkedIn. Whenever you're ready to network "in person," remember that at its core, networking is just about meeting people and getting to know them. Here are some useful articles to help you break the ice:
A good way to network and meet people is attending networking events. It's good to attend these events when you're looking for work because, if you're unemployed, it forces you to get out and meet people. That will help you stay motivated. Just have fun and enjoy yourself. Here are some good articles to help smooth the path:
If you met someone at a networking event and would like to know more about the person and the industry he or she works in, there's no better way than to schedule an informational interview:
Networking is a skill that can be learned. People who look so at ease when attending these events are not "naturals;" they worked hard at it and still do (they just don't show it).