Networking plays a big role in our career development indeed. Career experts say that a large number of job openings are not publicly listed or advertised; some even say that this number reaches 80%. Instead, positions are filled through personal recommendations or networking. People feel very judgmental when it comes to hiring via recommendations (read nepotism). But if we go back to our CEO above, it does make sense. Wouldn’t you rather hire someone that comes recommended by a person you trust professionally, or someone you already have a closer connection to than a person that is, for you, just a couple of letters on a paper? Someone you already know will fit in with your team and whose values reflect the values of your company? That is something you cannot find out from a resume, or even an interview.