Networking – Who You Know is Up to You

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I was talking with a friend yesterday about going to grad school, and the idea of networking came up.

She mentioned that one of her company’s interns asked what she studied that allowed her to get her current job. She told the intern that, regardless of what degree you have, “it’s all about who you know.”

This is certainly a true statement, but it’s also misleading.

Saying “it’s all about who you know” can easily lead one to think “Oh, well, I don’t know anyone ‘important’ (i.e. my parents aren’t famous, I don’t have family connections, I’m not an executive, etc.), so I guess I’m screwed.”

From here, self-pity sets in and we readily justify our failures or mediocrity because “everyone else is lucky.” Any ambition is DOA.

Networking – the answer

It IS all about who you know, but who you know is your responsibility. Networking, people you meet, relationships you form, the people you help and the ones who help you (especially the former) – these are the things that really matter. And they aren’t only available by birthright or luck.

“It” – career advancement, dating, growing – really is about who you know.

But who you know is up to you. 

 

 

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Tim Murphy is the founder of ApplyMate.com - the first free web app to help you track school and job applications.

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  • applymate

    Thanks SBM. This convo I was talking about just reminded me how easy it is for people to think “connected people” are just lucky, and if you aren’t “connected” now, you’re out of luck. Nothing could be further from the truth!

  • SocialButterflyMom

    Good post, Tim. I like that you put responsibility on the reader to get out there, meet people, and to not make excuses if you choose not to do those things.

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