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Your Two Cents: Is It a Who-You-Know World?

I'm sure you've all heard the saying "it's not what you know, it's who you know." I go back and forth with this one; some people obviously depend on others for their success, but many owe all of their achievements to their own hard work. If you had to choose, do you think most people rely on their wits or their connections?


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nabi nabi 9 years
Unless you have established yourself as an extraordinary expert at something, I think the "who you know" element weighs more heavily.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
Both. I'm learning to become quite the master networker.
mirawilliams mirawilliams 9 years
Both. I got half my jobs through people I know, but I also work my ass off at those jobs. I'm looking for work and people are sending me jobs in my field because we know each other.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 9 years
I work in D.C. and it's definitely a who-you-know world here. I think there are some fields where what you know is also important, though.
reginapulchera reginapulchera 9 years
I think it is alot of who you know. But that being said, it is just a foot in the door. You have to take it from there. No one can help you but yourself.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 9 years
I have to say, I have really never gotten anything through a connection. I am surprised this is so prevalent! I just started writing in sixth grade and that was pretty much that. I don't even think I have any connections? How does one get these said connections?!
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Who you know is really what gets your foot in the door in any job. It just makes it that much harder for someone who would rather keep to herself and her small group of friends like me.
bettyboutique bettyboutique 9 years
It's who you know, what you know and how much you want it!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years LUCKY girl, you.
tbgallagher tbgallagher 9 years
I think it is often a case of who you know. But i agree with what everyone else has said, you definitely need to know your stuff once you are there!
laluna27 laluna27 9 years
Its depressing - Its all about who you know. I recently graduated College in the Spring and one would think that would give me a leg up in a competitive field, but no. I know many people who are under qualified and have great jobs but its all because they had family or friends already in place at companies.
leahlarocco leahlarocco 9 years
I work in the music industry and you can't get anywhere without connections.
avantassell avantassell 9 years
I believe it's both. But mainly *who* you know. Best example--my husband. Sometimes, I feel like he gets his job handed to him on a silver platter! Drives me batties! Your skills will definitely help you in your job, however, if you don't know the people who got you there, then you won't go far. I've been fortunate with my jobs, however, I had to work extra hard because I wasn't in the "in." There are alot of places where who you know will get you in faster than going through HR or the want ad--without much qualifications too! (tsk, tsk) :)
looseseal looseseal 9 years
I'd also like to add: you wouldn't automatically fail at life just because you have no connections... it's still possible to get by, it's just more of a struggle. If you want to succeed without connections, "what you know" better be heads and shoulders above everyone else, so good that you can prove it in the span of an interview or even do something with it yourself so you don't need anyone else to "give you a chance". It's possible, but most people aren't [i]that[/i] good. I'd sure like to be that good someday though. Hee.
rlveronica rlveronica 9 years
I say both, but honestly... I lean towards the "who-you-know" because that's how I got my current job! Haha.
bectemp bectemp 9 years
It starts out at who you know, but if you don't have the "what you know," you are not going to be there very long.
pyleela pyleela 9 years
I definitely think it's both, however if you're hard on your luck and not great at anything, then the who you know will definitely help you succeed. I know I've used both, even though I didn't use to like "using" connections--but especially in smaller career communities, it's impossible not to.
Evalla Evalla 9 years
I agree it's more both, but I never had any connections and I managed just fine.
Dana18 Dana18 9 years
We have all seen people that are incompitant and wondered how they got their Top Job. And It had to do with Who they knew.
KeishaLee KeishaLee 9 years
what about looks? that's a big factor also. it's not talked about and definitely a no-no, but it absolutely has something to do with getting your foot in the door ;(
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Both, coupled with timing.
KeishaLee KeishaLee 9 years
sadly it's who you know. at least in my neck of the woods.....
Catipa Catipa 9 years
Sadly-I think it is who you know and not what you know.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 9 years
Mostly about who you know, but what you know also helps.
thewavingcat thewavingcat 9 years
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