In this day and age, is it more who you know as apposed to what you know?

Australia
October 25, 2009 5:11am CST
I've Just heard alot of stories in the workplace of people getting into area's of work that some with better qualifications would find it extremely hard to get into, all because they know someone that knows someone. Where is the fairness in that?
3 responses
@leasmom (102)
• Austria
25 Oct 09
I do think that it´s actually both. It always has been and always will be beneficial to know the right people, but they won´t get you into anything - let alone your ability to stay there and be successful - if don´t have the right skills to show for your money.
• Australia
25 Oct 09
The funny thing is, i looked for an apprenticeship for 3 years with little success, i got some work experience and that was it, i ended up getting a great job with a pretty big company through my dad. . .goes to show right?
@leasmom (102)
• Austria
25 Oct 09
Yep, it´s also natural though I think. You wouldn´t be able to stay there for an extended amount of time if you don´t fit their requirements. Of course there are positions where this is not true but I think those get more and more scarce nowadays. :)
@StarBright (2799)
• United States
25 Oct 09
This has always gone on since the beginning of time. It is called Nepotism - showing favoritism to friends and relatives without regard to merit. Sometimes, the favored one works hard and earns his or her way. Other times, the favored one just accepts the free ride and causes trouble and dissension in the workplace. That is one reason why some people invest a lot in networking. A lot rides on who you know. Even in a perfect world, if you have two equally qualified candidates for a job and you know one of them, whom will you hire? Notice I said "equally qualified." It's a no-brainer.
• Australia
25 Oct 09
Learning new things everyday :) thanks for the great response
• India
25 Oct 09
ya..unfortunately thats a truth.its not that everywhere you face such practices but at the same time you can't deny its existence.since its so covert that we can't help it.its better to do what we are capable of doing..improve our skills...n keep trying.life isn't fair to everyone after all.