Networking Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word

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When I was in my 20s, I always thought that if you worked hard and aced your assignments, you’d naturally move up in the workplace.

For a while, that’s exactly what transpired. But one day, something happened to me that inevitably happens to almost everyone in the workplace. My old boss left and a new one came in. And even though I tried harder to impress him, putting together a special project that won lots of praise from people outside, he was … indifferent. Looking back, I realize none of it was personal. I wasn’t his hire and we just didn’t have much rapport. When you click, you click, but when you don’t, well, someone moves on. I did, and I’ve never looked back.

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