Still nowadays, the quickest and the most effective way that your profile will be considered is through a recommendation directly to the recruiter, the recruitment agency or the hiring manager. Your CV is guaranteed to be reviewed and there’s a big chance that they will call you for an interview.
You won`t be the 259th applicant, but one of the top 5 to be considered for the position.
To get the job, you still need a great CV and appropriate preparation for the interview.
During my 10 Years in HR, I have worked with many companies, hundreds of recruiters, and I have met plenty managers. I might have the key that opens a door for your next job.
The essence of the recommendation is the credibility, which means to be able to recommend you I need to get to know you, your competencies, your real motivation, and you must have a well prepared CV.