I’ve often told young people who have asked my advise that it’s neither “who” you know or “what” you know. Rather it is WHO knows WHAT you know. A good resume may get you in the door, and a good interview may get you in the top 2-3. However, hiring mananagers will often rely on the impressions of trusted or respected collegues. This is the value in internships, fellowships, and ‘first’ jobs. They give you an opportunity to develop a reputation and, hopefully, an advocate who will both give you a good reference, and perhaps push your name forward when invisible opportunities come available.
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