>>1055827 It's half true. In my experience, I've gotten two good jobs without knowing anyone (aside from having some references who were not affiliated with the companies I applied to.) However, I've seen plenty of cases where knowing someone opened doors for other people. I would say: "it's what you know, or it's who you know"
>>1055827 What you know is valuable, who you know is invaluable.
For example, I am good with numbers. I have a very logical and repeatable thought process for most things. I have a knack for assuming and estimating things correctly with little knowledge of eventual outcome. Therefore, I'm a valuable price analyst/cost estimator. So there's my value.
My mother has worked for the government monsters in the proposal world for years (Lockeed Martin, Space Imaging, NREL). She has 35+ years of doing anything in the related fields. She's an SME in multiple fields pertaining to the work.
I recently convinced her to start a business consulting and training companies in how to create worthwhile proposals to government solicitations off of bid strategy developed from her experience. KNOWING her was invaluable for me to use my VALUE and get work. Without her, a cost estimator with no years of experience would get paid $0 dollars per hour. But KNOWING her, and joining forces with her, allows me as an employee of a company with 35+ years of experience in the field to get paid market price (right now around $100 dollars and hour) for our services.
Richard Branson once said "If you are offered a great opportunity, accept it and learn how to do it later" giving more value to the opportunity than the skill itself.
All in all I think that knowing someone will get you farther if you have the ability to fake it til you make it.
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