Yesterday I went to a big hall where representatives from many different companies were recruiting people. So I went up to one of them (since I know a person that works there) and started talking and showing my interest.
At first she was like "Well.. we dont really have much at the moment, blablabla"
Then I mentioned that I was recommended to apply there by a friend of mine that worked for the company.
Suddenly she grabbed a piece of paper and was like "Who did you say recommended you to apply here? What was your name again? What did you want to work with?"
So I was like "Well.. I've got my resumé for you right here"
and she was like "GIVE IT TO ME NAO PLX"
I think that shows how valuable a contact within the company really is.. I was very surprised by her reaction at the mention of me knowing someone inside.
USE YOUR CONTACTS WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB!
EDIT: Yes, I really knew someone on the inside :P
And also for those without contacts.. just keep trying! ( I haven't got this job yet, but I was suddenly much more interesting when I knew someone working there ;) )