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How do you be that person who knows people? Here, nothing beats good, old-fashioned, retail networking.
I often think people put a little too much emphasis on that old political adage “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”
I remember one of my old chiefs of staff on the Hill sitting with a group of interns over pizza one day during recess. I was there for the free food, which is one of the primary perks of being a Congressional staffer. Doesn’t exactly compensate for the low pay and long hours, but everyone loves free food, right?