... then you're 'Doing It Wrong'(TM).
This is not to say that some of us will depend at some stage on the typical recruitment process involving an applicaiton to an advertised role, but 80% placements are either done internally or via referral. This means you need to form a network, and learn to use it.
The old addage of "It's not what you know, it's who you know" holds truer than ever. Often it'll be less of a case of how many years you've spent in the industry and more of a case of "Does anyone here know you?", "Can we trust you?", "Do we like you?", "Will you fit in here?" and "Can you be trusted to not be a complete imbecile?" - the proof in that pudding is the staggering disproportion of roles placed internally or by referral.
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