Topic ID #23243 - posted 9/18/2012 7:01 AM

It’s not what you know, but who you know


" Remember it is a 78% increase in chances of getting an academic job for only having a strong connection with 1 in 7 of the review panel. Imagine that, only one in seven makes the difference in you getting a academic job."

So the research shows that it is not what you know but who you know for academics, does anyone else feel it is the same for commercial archaeology?

Just interested to see what other people think.

Post ID#19775 - replied 9/19/2012 1:58 AM

Jennifer Palmer

Absolutely. I can't tell you how many times I've seen folks hired for field positions because someone (really, anyone!) at the firm knew who they were. Even having a familiar names trumps being yet another anonymous person in a stack of 100 resumes. We had a survey here at the website awhile back and the number one way that people got hired for their job was by hearing about it from someone else. Networking, whether that means knowing someone at a company, or even knowing enough people that will pass on info about unadvertised positions, seems to be so important in this field.

Post ID#19776 - replied 9/19/2012 12:05 PM


I completely agree.

It's been my experience that the vast majority of jobs have no official job posting and it's essentially word-of-mouth.  Most resumes look virtually the same (bachelors, good GPA, 5+ years experience at several companies, a field school, a gazillion reports, a few presentations/papers, etc.) and employment references don't do much else besides verify dates.

A personal contact close to whoever is doing hiring is worth his or her weight in gold.

Post ID#19780 - replied 9/22/2012 1:41 PM


Another "+1" from me with regards to "it's who you know."  

With that said, where I work it is the qualifications--the experience and the education--that are the prime consideration.  We are, however, humans.  Calling for references means that one tends to give preference for people that we know and, if we know them, we'll listen a little bit more.


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