“Experience”, of course, doesn’t mean “being adept at the required skill”, but “have you done this for other people for money”.
Anyone else think that it’s a little ridiculous that networking is seen as a positive thing? Like, I have always considered it a pejorative term on par with cronyism. But there are entire courses about the validity of networking! So you can be the most talented person in the world (not talking about myself here…or am I? no but for real no), and you can remain virtually unnoticed if you don’t have the mad connectionz.