Remember in school when hanging out with the right crowd would get you into the right party? Or being friends with the class outcasts would almost guarantee, not just being excluded from 'that party’, but also finding yourself not being able to engage in ‘stimulating' – but in hindsight, meaningless – conversations with certain social groups? Or how staying in the good books of teachers could cut you some slack if you turned up ten minutes late to the classroom?
Our school life taught us the value of hanging around in the right crowds, but as adults have we improved, or at least, become more comfortable in the art of networking, now we've stepped on and up the career ladder? This may be a bitter, albeit very truthful pill, to swallow, but with jobs so scarce in this difficult economic climate, hard work is not enough.
Getting that elusive permanent job is about clicking with the right people, and getting that promotion is no different. It can simply boil down to how well you interact with your boss outside the office.