People hire people, not resumes, or networking cards or LinkedIn profiles. People hire people who they either have worked with before, or who have worked with someone they know and value. That is why smart employers offer cash rewards to employees who bring them hirable candidates. This has always been important, and now more than ever.
Is being invited to networking functions enough?...no...you have to go, and work the room. Is being on LinkedIn enough?...no, you have to use it. Should you wait until you need a job?....no, networks need tending. Popping up on someone's radar only when you need them is ill advised, and frankly rude.
Networks do not grow overnight, and can easily die if not cared for. So pay some attention to your LinkedIn; take the holiday invitation and respond "yes" and go. Your working life may depend on it.
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