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Should your resume bypass human resources?

Posted July 6th, 2011 by Gail Geary.

One of my current clients asked if he should bypass posting his resume on line. He had heard that resumes died a slow death in the human resources department. In the meantime he had communicated with the the hiring manager contact.

I advised him to post the resume online and to send it to the hiring manager also. Originally, human resources did the bulk of interview screening, and now they often assist in the hiring process. In my experience many companies such as Home Depot insist that the resumes come into the HR Department first.

Having said this, you are ahead of the game if you also locate the hiring manager and send her/him a separate copy and set up an interview appointment.

What luck have you had using the dual approach? What other suggestions do you have for getting your resume in front of the hiring manager?
What techniques have you used to locate the name of the hiring manager?

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Gail Geary is a baby boomer and Renaissance woman whose career path is an inspiration for anyone considering transitioning from one career to another. She is a former senior sales executive and a corporate attorney. Gail is the owner of Atlanta Career Transition, an international career transition firm that has been in business for 16 years. She assists individuals and corporations and is well know throughout the industry for helping her clients achieve career search success. Her hobbies are yoga, hiking, and her book club.

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    • Gail Geary says:

      Have you had a personal experience with human resources in the career search? One of my clients followed the advice of going through human resources and the hiring manager last week. He posted the resume with the human resources who told him that he did well on his screening interview and that the hiring manager would be in touch with him soon. He followed the right protocol.

      Gail

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  7. Gail Geary says:

    Hi,

    The conclusion is that going to the hiring manager is the first choice, but always use common sense. For example, if you are requested to send your resume to the HR manager do so.

    Have a great day!
    Gail

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