I would like to know what companies do take referrals seriously, like I received calls from Visa, Keeptruckin and Verizon when someone referred me through blind but didn't get calls for Apple, MS, Salesforce and IBM when someone from here referred. So would like to know other companies that are in similar domain.
Apple take referrals seriously. They're just not as quick. It helps make things quicker if someone is directly sending your resume over to HM as compared to the general portal. Keep reaching out to recruiters via LinkedIn too.