in 2002 during that big downturn, I was one of *700* applicants for the position. With that many applicants they don’t even read all the resumes.
I was precisely and exactly qualified for the job, but I also know my resume made it out of the slush pile because my boss at a previous university job was good buddies with one of the department chairs.
I’m a huge fan of LinkedIn now, because of the “who you know” factor. IT people are well networked. I’m convinced the best way to find an IT job is to know people before the jobs ever get posted. I don’t think any of my current employer’s IT jobs were ever posted.