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Dear Poll: Do You Use Connections to Get Ahead?

A recent post on SavvySugar got me thinking. Readers were asked if they thought we live in a who-you-know world and over 79 percent feel it's all about who we know, and I have to agree on some level.

I asked you earlier this week if you used your sexuality to get ahead — 65 percent of you said no, but let me ask you this — do you use the people you know to get ahead? I think we all know it pays to know people in high places, but the real question is do you use them?


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jmeyer jmeyer 9 years
I have a career in business and it is all about connections. I definitely think that it is important to develop, maintain, and use these connections. However proper connections should not mean you are getting a promotion or anything else simply handed to you. Any connection worth having and maintaining requires a certain level of trust in the other person's ability. I would never recommend an individual for a job if I didn't think he or she was capable of doing that job, because if that person does poorly it negatively reflects on my reputation. Therefore usually if you have good contacts both individuals are worthy of whatever that connection affords you.
Neekoh Neekoh 9 years
It's hard for people who don't know you to see your strengths right away. That's why it's ok for friends/connections to pull strings for you. They know you and know that you are capable of doing the job before the interviewer ever could.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Of course I do! I worked hard to make those conncections and I am not about to loose them!
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I use connections all the time! I'm also not beyond name-dropping. My boyfriend's parents are very well connected and I know there are some circumstances where I could name-drop for money-off/a higher place in a queue. Haven't had cause to do that yet!
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I've mentioned certain people in a round-about way to garner favor with others, yes. It's like the saying, "A friend of so & so is a friend of mine!"
Marci Marci 9 years
Network, network, network. Who you know can definitely help you get your foot in the door. But you'd better have the goods to back it up and not make your connection look bad.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
If I had any connections, I'd use them. (Anyone looking to hire a litigation associate in Chicago?)
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
In fashion, that's pretty much the ONLY way to advance in your career. It's not using them though. it's almost like some unwritten oath. You know, "i'll scratch you back, if you'll scratch mines". you HAVE to have a network of ppl in this industry or else you're gonna be waiting around for scraps.
TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 9 years
um all of my comments posted twice today. whats wrong with this thing?
TASTEthiss TASTEthiss 9 years
i cant say ive used any connections to ahead.. but i would. its about who you know these days. so start networking!
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I don't have connections.
Poster-of-a-Girl Poster-of-a-Girl 9 years
i would if i had any good connections!
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I've definitely used my connections to get job interviews. It works so much better than applying for random jobs on Craigslist and Monster. I also try to do a lot of networking by attending networking events on a regular basis.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 9 years
I frickin wish. The only thing i've used(if you could even call it that) is my friends for references.
bingkaycoy bingkaycoy 9 years
I don't think I use my connections to get ahead....I use connections to get the job done fast and of course for networking the right and influential people.
cubadog cubadog 9 years
Always and I always make sure they have a good reputation in the industry no one wants to be associated with someone unethical.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
Sure, and I would be happy to help them in return. It's a two-way street, not all self-serving.
rosey_y rosey_y 9 years
In the corporate world, if you have connections and don't use them you're a fool! Well, unless you can achieve the same ends just as easily without them of course. I've used connections, but never without the knowledge that I have the talent and skills to back it up.
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