It's been nine months since I joined my current(first) job as a software/web developer. I have been very happy with the company and the work I did. It is a small company but I learned a lot from them, and the people are good. Soon, it'll be a year since starting this job, and good as the company might be, the time will come to switch jobs.
My family is currently looking in their own circles for people who might be interested in hiring me. Normally, I wouldn't have any problem with that, but they(the family members) don't work in the field in which I work. Sometimes people come and say "Hey, I/someone I know work/s at Company A, and I would like to have a look at cst1992's résumé. Why don't you tell him to send me a copy, and I'll see what I can do."
Yay! A new prospective employer! Problem is, I don't think that such "I know a guy who knows a guy" is going to help me much, simply because it's so random. There's just not that flow to it, no process, just "some guy came out of the blue and asked for my résumé". Plus, it makes me uneasy to see them looking for jobs for me, which is obviously something I should be doing. Plus, I don't really know much about the company that I might be called to for an interview.
How much help do these "recommendations" provide when my résumé will go under the eye of the hiring manager of Company A? Or any company, for that matter, provided I am not in the wrong field entirely?