Q: Some people say it’s best to apply directly to a hiring manager if you can get in front of that person through your contacts and to avoid HR until you actually have to fill out an application. So, I know I’m asking HR this question, but is that true?

A: There’s absolutely no problem with reaching out to a hiring manager directly or through contacts.  Keep in mind that we, HR, are here, in part, to connect qualified candidates with our managers.  We work to facilitate this.  We’re most likely going to ask you to fill out the application, but it’s right here online and easy to do.  If you contact a hiring manager, why not start by submitting a profile with us on this site at the same time?

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