launching job applications hard enough to escape the black hole's pull
March 4, 2013 10:36 PM Subscribe
When applying to a job that requires sending your application through a black-hole applicant tracking system, is it a great or terrible idea to also send a copy (cold-emailed) directly to a relevant person at the organization?
posted by threeants to work & money (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
If workplace culture matters, in my case I'm talking almost exclusively about universities/government/nonprofits, not corporations.
I realized that the one time I ever even got a callback from a black-hole system job is when I did this (and I actually got the job), sending a copy of my application to the administrator of the department I would be working in. I have no idea if this is a coincidence or not.
I know that in an organization large enough to have an applicant tracking system, it's almost assured that HR, not the prospective supervisors/colleagues, will have the first pass. However, I also know that in such organizations, employees are sometimes skeptical about HR's judgement in determining who will be their next supervisee/coworker. Is it possible that if Relevant Non-HR Person receives an application personally and likes what they see, they might weigh in on it to HR? Or is this just going to piss people off? Or nothing to lose?
I have a datum of one (above) showing that it's possible to do this and get the job, but I have no idea if it had any actual positive effect in that instance.
(I should add that I'm not dumb, and wouldn't send an application to someone who's clearly a Ridiculously Important Person. This is always either the would-be direct supervisor and/or the apparent administrative/operations person of the relevant department/unit.)