BLUF: Is it wise to begin a marketing campaign of past colleagues to contact the hiring manager on one's behalf before having the initial screening interview?
I was notified on Monday that my position was being eliminated (no big surprise) but I was given the choice of taking a demotion back to what I was doing before I landed the manager gig or taking the severance package. I took the demotion but wasn't terribly thrilled about it as a concept.
On Tuesday morning (July 14) I checked the internal/external career site and applied for a position with another group (customer service) as a Relationship Manager (an elite customer service type of position) that was posted on July 10 (last Friday) as the same pay grade as I'm currently at.
This morning, a colleague of mine gave me advice that our former executive gave her -- that I should request recommendations to the hiring manager of various former managers of mine and colleagues (at the manager level) that I've worked with. The recommendation is that I contact these people ASAP and ask them (if they're comfortable) to email the hiring manager on my behalf BEFORE I've even had a chance to do the initial phone screening with the Recruiter.
I'm meeting with the recruiter this afternoon at 3pm for 30 mins to discuss the position and my qualifications. According to my colleague and former executive, I should be in contact with my former direct managers and colleagues at a managerial level to email the hiring manager NOW rather than waiting to even speak with that person, let alone the recruiter first.
To my way of thinking, "if I can't land the job on my own merits, I don't think a marketing campaign will help / look good" but then again that executive is quite the political animal. On the other hand, right now isn't the time to let pride stand in the way!
What are your thoughts?