it's not what you know but who you know

it's not what you know but who you know

People benefit more from personal connections (to people who can help them) than from their own knowledge. A: "I can't believe they hired the CEO's niece instead of me! I have two degrees, and she just graduated from college!" B: "Well, it's not what you know but who you know."
See also: but, know, not, what, who
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