Dear Experts, I'm extremely interested and feel well-qualified for a particular job. I've submitted my resume to HR per ad protocol, and followed up with HR after a few weeks, but I have not received a response other than that the hiring mgr (Ms. X) was returning from vacation and would begin reviewing resumes last Wednesday...interviews to be held this week. Still no call from Ms. X the Hiring Manager. Should I contact her directly, stating I understand she's the hiring manager for this position and I'd be very interested in interviewing...or would going around the HR Manager be inappropriate? Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#252 In ur polite email 2Hiring Mgr, say why U r right person 2 solve HER problems; job post tells u those. (@juliaerickson) Q#252 Reaching directly to hiring mgr=good. First, research them/company; be crisp in resonating w/their NEEDS. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#252 Good idea to touch base directly w/hiring manager. Be respectful, enthusiastic. Not stalking-like. (@keppie_careers) Q#252 Agree w/@beneubanks. The hiring manager will have the final say, even though HR is obviously involved. (@heatherhuhman) Q#252 If you CAN go around HR, do it. It'll eventually loop back around to us, but that could benefit you! (@beneubanks) Q#252 Touch base w hiring mangr w specific ? related 2 pos instead. Better quality conversation. Keep n touch w HR 2. (@kgrantcareers) Q#252 Go around the HR manager. Worst case scenario, you don't get the job. But if you don't try, you won't get it anyway. (@gradversity) Q#252 If U HAVE 2 go thru HR know h/she cn b a friend. target h/her as U do other imprtnt targets: netwrk 4 referral 1st. (@RTResumePro) Q#252 If that is protocol u shld. follow.You will likely b directed back to HR. Follow up. It won't look good at that point. (@DebraWheatman) Q#252 Don't go around HR. If you weren't contacted, then not in 1st round of interviews. Follow-up w/HR again. (@jtodonnell) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
August 18, 2009