The best way to learn and network is to join one of the many SQL Server groups and go to SQL Saturday near you. Volunteering at SQL Saturday will help you to meet many SQL DBAs and Developers. Networking is very important to finding that perfect job.
Networking is easy for extroverts, but what do you do if you are an introvert? Volunteer at your closest SQL Saturday to work behind the scenes. You will meet people by working with them instead of having to use small talk to network.
If you don’t like to go to meetings, take a look at the virtual groups. Even if you find it hard to meet new people, you can still network via the web.
Sign up to find your closest SQL PASS Group at: http://www.pass.org/Community/Groups.aspx