If you’re new to the job market, DegreeQuery.com suggests you put your energies toward networking rather than applying for gazillions of jobs, especially considering that many jobs go unlisted.

Hiring managers often choose candidates who have been recommended by personal contacts. Personal endorsements help get potential employees at the top of a pile of anonymous resumes and increase their chances of being considered for positions that are unadvertised.

LinkedIn offers countless networking opportunities unmatched by other services. By leveraging one’s social graph and the “six degrees of separation” theory, the site stands out as a career social network, recruiting site, contacts manager and research tool. The site’s newsfeed and new focus on content creation makes LinkedIn the go-to site for job seekers.

Check out Degree Query’s infographic below to learn how LinkedIn referrals can help you land your next job.

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