It's WHO you know, not WHAT you know.

Philippines
May 8, 2011 8:43pm CST
There is a saying when it comes to applying for a job that to be able to land to a job that you are applying, it is not what you know but who you know. It's not how intelligent or how experienced you are in a field but who are the people you know in the organization. DO you believe in such? That it's not all hardwork but who your connections are?
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@knicnax (2234)
• Philippines
9 May 11
In a way, it is like this. Office politics is always present, though for me, I don't like this practice. That's why I don't like applying for work where I know someone who could help me. I believe that it's wrong because there might be someone who's better than me and I destroyed that person's chance, also, it's a personal insult for me to need the help of someone to get in. I want to get in using my own means, not because of connections. Also, I don't want to be in the shadow of the friend/relative during my stay in the company, nor do I want to tarnish the rep of the friend/relative. I'm a firm believer of hardwork. I don't like taking shortcuts. That's why I preferred to find my own way, without the help of family and friends, I must say, I'm faring very well. Sadly, this saying is not only true for job hunting. It's applicable to almost anything. This is so rampant in the PH. In order to speed things up, you need a connection inside. For you to be treated well, you need a connection inside, it's a sad and sick process.
• Philippines
9 May 11
I hate it as well.But sadly, it seems that it is deeply - rooted in our society that it's hard to eradicate it.
@chiwasaki (4661)
• Philippines
9 May 11
I don't believe in that saying before but based from experience, yes they do follow that. Promotions are the best example, it is not how well verse you are with your work or how persevering you are, if the higher ups don't know you or prefers already a person who will fill up the position, there's no sense in applying to one. Me and my coworkers become a witnesses to that saying, It is who you know and not what you know.
• Philippines
9 May 11
It feels bad to be witnessing one like that, or being in a victim of the saying. It's the sad reality of life, I guess.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
10 May 11
i've been "watching" it for 35 years. In the 60's70's and even prior, it was WHAT you knew combined with WHO you knew...dad could get you a job at his plant and everyone retired there. Then in the 80's it was what you knew. Then the 90's it was WHO you knew...now the millenium is is HOW MUCH WILL YOU WORK FOR.
@KrauseHome (35034)
• United States
9 May 11
In a lot of ways this is probably about the Truth. Because anymore especially with the Economy and jobs being the way they are knowing someone in an Agency especially if they are the hiring manager can be a plus for sure. I think that they need to quit focusing on this sometimes as sometimes this can be a detriment for those who might have more experience as well.
@tiina05 (2319)
• Philippines
9 May 11
hello, Actually, we cant deny that it is true even it is too unfair to us. right? because those who are more suit to the position are not accepted because of the one that connected to the organization. So, I believe in this saying well even I dont have any experience yet to work to an organization. it is just my opinion nowadays people are helping one another. If you dont have a connection even how good and intelligent you are you cannot have the job.