TechRep, it definitely increases your chances of getting hired to have someone on the inside. I had a former co-worker write a letter of recommendation for me and I believe it helped me get a foot in the door. Once I got the interview though, it was all up to me. The People Department and the various MX managers take employee referrals with a fair amount of consideration; I guess they feel that our employees already know what kind of people we are looking for. On the flipside, I know of many guys that got hired without knowing anyone on the inside.
As far as me personally, I don't know if I would be much help. I have been trying for several months to help an old friend get an interview to no avail. Maybe he doesn't have the proper amount or type of experience.
We are opening a new hangar in DAL for our 1/4D-1/2D line sometime in July, and they have been bringing on new mechanics to man it, but I don't know if they have filled all the slots. I do know, however, that they schedule their interviews waaaaaay in advance.
If I can be of any more assistance, let me know.
Patrick Bateman is my hero.