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Contact Employer on LinkedIn BEFORE I Send Resume?

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Dear Experts,

I would like to apply for a position with a company that I have informally worked with in the past. I discovered the person who would be my supervisor, if I were hired, is on LinkedIn. Should I interact with this person on LinkedIn first, or should I send my resume first?

Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question:

Q#267 Do both. Apply & then contact hiring manager on LinkedIn. Do your homework & inquire about their success. (@jtodonnell)

Q#267 Make contact via LinkedIn and get a sense for your fit relative to the position. Then send a resume (with them copied). (@gradversity)

Q#267 Contact mgr first w/res, if he doesn’t pass it on to HR, follow-up yourself; live contact is great way to start. (@iplawman)

Q#267 I’d contact on LinkedIn before sending resume. Start building the connection early as possible! (@beneubanks)

Q#267 Irrespective of resume, uz linkdn 4 reconnaissance & learn ABOUT cntact B4 contactng. (@RTResumepro)

Q#267 Apply 1st, then contact via LkdIn netwk 2 say “applied, rlly want 2 wk 4 u, @ co” give solid reasons. (2 of 2) (@juliaerickson)

Q#267 B4 contact, C if u have 2nd/3rd deg connections 2 do intro, recc; get 3-4 LnkedIn references ASAP. (1 of 2) (@juliaerickson)

Q#267 Keep timng in mind re:resume.Regardless U cn use linkdin 4 reconnaissance 2. Learn ABOUT contact B4 contacting. (@RTResumepro)

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