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Old 08-05-2010, 09:46 AM
 
Location: Fort Worth, TX
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...with no or few connections.

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Old 08-05-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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I agree. Well networked people rarely have downtime.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:17 PM
 
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...with no or few connections.

Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
I don't agree or disagree. There are pro's and con's to each. However, I am of the opinion that qualifications normally trump at the end of the day. Yes, having friends in high places is definitely beneficial. But I come from the school of thought that reasons that knowing somone is just a foot in the door. If that person isn't qualified for the work, it will eventually show in their production. And eventually they'll have nowhere left to go. I pride myself on being where I am today via my own blood, sweat, and tears, not somone else's goodwill.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:20 PM
 
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I agree. I know TONS of people that have jobs just because of who they know or what school they attended. Is reality..
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:33 PM
 
Location: NYC
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It depends on the job. If it's the type of job in which you can either do the task or not, your great connections will not help you. If its the sort of job that can be finessed, or that you can learn as you go, or simply a warm-body job, then yes connections are more helpful.
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Old 08-05-2010, 01:34 PM
 
Location: New York City
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It depends on where you are in your career. For an entry level position, it definitely helps to know the right people. There are so many people equally qualified for a junior position that it's hard to stand out. Once you have experience and a reputation, then it's much more about ability. People don't get appointed CEO just because they know someone.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Chciago
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well connected not even up for debate
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:41 PM
 
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I agree that it's good to have connections but I got my job simply by applying and being as knowledgeable as possible. It's rarer these days but both help.
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Old 08-05-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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Better at what?

Better at finding a job? Possibly.

I didn't know anyone in my field when I started looking for a job. By the time my job search was over I still didn't know many people, but I had a lot more connections. Someone that has the qualifications can make connections. Whether it's applying to a company several times and getting to know an HR person at that company, or going to career fairs, getting contact info and staying in touch. If someone is motivated at all they can get more connections. There's a big difference between a connection and knowing someone.

I've seen my classmates take this mentality, and as long as they adhere to it, it will be hard for them to find a job. Colleges don't hold career fairs, have career services, and professors don't cancel class to take advantage of these resources because their students all have connections. It's up to you to find connections, and build your network, especially when the resources might be right in front of you. Yeah, some people have a relative, or family friend in the business, but the majority do not.
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Old 08-05-2010, 05:02 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I really hate playing the politics of networking, but, at the moment, it's working for me better than being a well qualified recent grad. I managed to line up 3 interviews in a matter of days because I contacted the old department head for the job I worked at during college and asked her if she would be willing to contact some other departments about job openings. I immediately got two interview offers for jobs I had applied for, and one interview offer for a job that was not listed on their employment website. For two of the interviews, I bypassed the phone screen altogether because of people putting in a word for me.

Of course it helped that I am a recent grad of the college and, since 2 of these roles are development/fundraising roles, they really want alumni. However, I am sure other alumni applied so I think that being well connected in the development office has helped me along. I have applied for dozens of similar positions at a handful of other schools and never heard back.

I will also be interviewing for another job next week while in Boston that I only got an interview for because of where I went to college. The CEO of the nonprofit is an alum and as qualified as I am for the position, she was clear that she was particularly interested because she went to my college and also studied abroad.

I have a good feeling about next week so hopefully I will be hired for at least one of the positions (after all, I have more in-person interviews in 2 days than I have had in my 6 months of looking!) and look forward to being able to network from a career development perspective versus a job seeking perspective.
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