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It’s Not What You Know, but Who You Know

 “He only landed the job because he knew someone who knew the owner.”  While “who you know” gave him the upper-hand in getting an interview, he would not have been hired if he did not have the skills. It is likely other people had similar job skills, but because he networked effectively, others were not awarded an opportunity to even apply.  Connections through networking are no accident.

Networking takes thought, planning, and diligence. For people to stick to a networking plan, it requires discipline. It is a long-term project.  However, you too can be awarded that lucrative position over someone else if you do your networking homework in addition to enhancing your day to day job skills.

 While your professional expertise matters, the people you know matter almost as much because your friends can fast-track you into interviewing opportunities ahead of your competition. From professionals to the construction supervisors, opportunities are available for networking.  You only have to find them, plan the work, and work the plan.  Your rewards can easily be doubled through networking with the right people. And if you look, you can find them.  Good Luck!