I am applying for a government position and all applications run through a nameless person at the HR department.  Is it wrong to send a resume and letter directly to the department you wish to work  for (in addition to the application packet you sent to HR) saying, in essence, hey dude, I've applied through HR here is my stuff.  

My hope in doing this is to have the department head go to HR and ask about my resume and application packet.  

Good idea or bad idea?

Many Thanks!


SuzanneB's picture

It's not wrong to send it to the specific department. But it might be hard to find out who to send it to.  Your best bet - use your network to find someone in the agency. They don't even have to be in the same department. A resume delivered by anyone in a company is almost always more valuable than one delivered through the computer system.