get your foot in the door


1. enter at a low level with the hope of progressing further






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get your foot in the door of a company/industry

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To 'get your foot in the door' refers to taking the first step in doing or achieving something.  This expression comes from the image of a salesperson going door-to-door - if they got their foot in the door it makes it difficult for people to refuse them or send them away. This expression is usually used to talk about making a connection with someone that can lead to opportunities in the future or to entering employment at a low level with the intention of moving up in the company. This is an idiomatic expression used in both social and professional contexts.

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  1. Some people think internships are a waste of time but others find them great for getting your foot in the door in an industry that is very competitive.
  2. What advice would you give to someone who would like to get their foot in the door and start working in your company?

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  1. Playing open mic nights and charity gigs is a good way to get your foot in the door in the music industry.
  2. It can be very difficult to get your foot in the door of the film industry.

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(get/gain) foothold

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