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> Doesn't that defeat the premise of the tech industry as a meritocracy?

If you don't do any marketing of yourself, nobody is going to know about your merit. "Build it and they will come" is a Hollywood fantasy, not reality.




I think this is unfair. There are lots of jobs out there, and lots of employers looking for people with specific skills. The reason networking works is because discoverability is a problem. If I apply to every job that listed my skills as required I'd waste 90% of my time because my area of expertise is so specialist that only 10% of the people who have all the skills listed are experienced in the right ways.

Whereas if I network with people the jobs they recommend are far more likely to be a fit because I've networked with them - they know my skills.


> I think this is unfair.

Fair or not, it's how most everything in life works. For good things to happen you, you have to put yourself in a position where good things can find you. That means marketing yourself. It applies to getting your dream job just as much as it applies to getting your dream partner.

Even if you get your dream job, talent and hard work simply isn't good enough. You'll need to be able to sell your ideas to others in the company.


Like it or not, it's how a lot of job hunting works. I haven't gotten a job in over 30 years that didn't come about primarily through one or more personal connections.


I realized that what's inside a person doesn't count because no one can see it.

I didn't realize you were such a philosopher.

That's my point!

https://dilbert.com/strip/1998-02-14


Upvote for Classic Dilbert!




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