How To Rise Up The Career Ladder
|Career : Career Techniques|
It has often been said and there is real truth in it: in medium to large companies, it is not what you know but who you know.
Why? Because there are so many people and departments in a large company that it is pretty impossible to track individual performance objectively like can be done in a business with say 100 employees or less.
Therefore these companies are much less meritocracy and much more based on impressions formed on a fleeting and trivial basis, and internal politics. If you can press the flesh and manage your boss and your profile well, that is half the battle.
Therefore to rise up the chain you need people above you to be aware of you. Why? Because they are the ones privy to the higher level gossip within the company, and often hear about job interviews before they come up.
If you know them and are their friends then naturally they will look to offer you knowledge at least of these jobs and sometimes can almost get you on a short list of one - a personal recommendation from a director to another for instance counts for a lot.
Therefore work out who would be useful contacts to know and see if you can't network with them. Ideally a meeting on a project that affects them would be a good way of starting the contact.
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