You've probably heard the saying, "It's not what you know...it's who you know" right? Well turns out, that's true.
After analyzing 14 million job applications in its database, Jobvite concluded that applicants with referrals—i.e., a friend of a friend in the department or a mentor willing to put in a good word—are five times more likely than average to be hired than someone who simply applies. What's more, referred candidates are 15 times more likely to be hired than applicants who submit their applications via a job board. [Source]
The job recruiter's who were surveyed admitted that having a referral is THE most important thing you can have. In fact 78% of them said it's the best source for quality hires.
Other things worth noting, your cover letter isn't as important as you think it is. Only 26% of those surveyed said they really matter.
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However, that doesn't mean your resume isn't important as well. Even if you do have a referral, you still have to be qualified for the job. So here are some resume tips and some of the biggest mistakes people make: