I recently received this email (identifying details removed/changed):
My name is __ and I am helping a friend of mine find a new position as is he is a recent graduate. His name is John and he is looking for a position whereby he can work within a nonprofit setting. He recently graduated from __ with a Bachelor's Degree in History. He is open to entry level positions and is available to interview immediately. Feel free to contact him directly if you have an interest in speaking with him. Thanks!
To be clear, I don't know the sender of the email.
Curious, I wrote back to the sender and asked what his relationship was to John's job search. He replied:
He recently relocated to the area so I told him I would help him with his job search.
This. is. such. a. bad. idea.
Think about it: This reflects badly on John. He can't even conduct his own job search? It's one thing for the friend to send John an ad and suggest he apply for it; that happens all the time. But then John needs to be the one putting the effort into reaching out to the employer. Since he didn't, I'm left wondering why. Is he lazy? Is this email really from a mother/girlfriend trying to run his job search for him? (That happens.)
Plus, as I've written before, employers want to know you're interested in this job in particular, not just any job. This guy doesn't even know about the existence of the job. Yes, it's true that I'll sometimes approach non-applicants myself who I think might be good for the job, but those are people whose credentials are so strong that it makes sense for me to try to recruit them. This rarely applies to recent grads without work experience.
Don't do this to your friends.
As a side note, this is totally different from forwarding someone's resume to a personal contact of yours -- someone you actually know -- and saying, "Hey Joe, this good friend of mine might be perfect for your opening. He's applying through your normal channels but I wanted to tell you I think he'd be a great fit for you guys because ____." That's networking, as opposed to making your friend look lazy/uninterested.