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Old 08-27-2016, 07:45 PM
 
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It means knowing someone, even if all that someone does is pass your resume to an actual physical person as opposed to the resume being stuck online is a tremendous help. Yes you can find a job not knowing anyone-in the same way that you can walk from NJ to Texas if you really wanted to, but having a car makes it so much easier.

For my own personal story: I work for company X, a relative of mine applied for a job at company X on my recommendation. A few days later I followed up with HR and HR could not find my friend's application/ resume in the database in spite of the fact that she applied online. HR requested a physical resume which I did hand and an in person interview did come out of it. Sadly she did not get the job (perhaps she gave a bad interview idk...) but AT LEAST she got to the interview stage. Had I not worked there, for all I know her resume could still be stuck in online limbo. So knowing someone may not guarantee you a job but it will usually guarantee that a person will see your resume as opposed to hoping your resume gets filtered through Taleo or whatever...
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Old 08-28-2016, 02:30 PM
 
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It'll get your foot in the door, but that door'll swing back on you if you don't shine during the interview.
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