This quote says it all:
It’s from an article on the 9/11 memorial and how an algorithm was used to inscribe the names in particular places.
That could easily be applied to your career as well. The connections you have, with people that know you, respect you, like your work, like you, etc. are the most important things you have.
Your skills matter, but the skills help build those connections.
Learn to network.
Cross posted to The Modern Resume