Let's imagine this scenario: I am a hiring manager tasked with choosing someone for a position. Two candidates are equally qualified on paper, but I personally can vouch for the quality work of one of these individuals. Who will I most likely hire? For many, it just makes sense to go with the "known" commodity.
Now, of course, this doesn't explain the selection of people who are "known" to do poor work, but it does illustrate the IMPORTANCE of networking! Whether you're trying to move into a new company or make a move within your current organization, networking is essential. If "they" don't know who you are or what you can do, why should they hire/select you? You must make yourself and your strengths and abilities known.
Class: What do you think of that perspective? Does that "connect" with any insights gained from our reading this week?
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