Is it ok to email the manager of a department about a job opening in his department? I got his name by doing some research, but I don’t know him at all.

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  1. Penelope Trunk
    Penelope Trunk says:

    It’s totally fine to email the hiring manager directly — in fact its way better to do this than to go through human resources.

    You could also try connecting with the hiring manager through social media. Many people are surprisingly accessible through Twitter or Facebook or a blog. Making even a small connection before you send the letter can make a huge difference in how closely they look at your resume.

    Penelope

  2. Smiley
    Smiley says:

    I had an awful day at work, and this mailbag advice makes me feel even worse.

    Not everyone who works for their parents are doing it because they are dependent and can’t sustain their own lives. It totally bugs me that you wrote that. It shows me what I sometimes have suspected – that even you see the world in black and white, especially when it comes to other people’s lives. The shades of gray only seem to apply to Penelope. It reminds me that your readers have a superior insight and knowledge into your life, than you do into theirs. But, I still love you. I just had a bad day.

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