Job Hunting Question: Do you contact your friend before or after submitting your resume?

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    Sep 14, 2009 12:43 AM GMT
    I recently left my job where I'd been for three years. I've been in the same field for nearly ten and have racked up a pretty big list of contacts. Some of these contacts have open positions that interest me where they are working. So, what I'm wondering is if in this situation I should reach out to them personally before or after I submit my resume. When I've been hiring, I can't say I've had a preference, but I'm wondering what other folks' experience has been, or what you would prefer in that situation.
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    Sep 14, 2009 1:20 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidI recently left my job where I'd been for three years. I've been in the same field for nearly ten and have racked up a pretty big list of contacts. Some of these contacts have open positions that interest me where they are working. So, what I'm wondering is if in this situation I should reach out to them personally before or after I submit my resume. When I've been hiring, I can't say I've had a preference, but I'm wondering what other folks' experience has been, or what you would prefer in that situation.


    In this situation, I would probably contact them first, reason being that I'd want to confirm that the position is still open. But even if I knew that it was, I'd still contact them prior to submitting my resume because it lets them know that you are available and interested in the opportunity. After all, what's the use of having connections if you don't use them to your full advantage?
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    Sep 14, 2009 1:26 AM GMT
    Christian73 saidI recently left my job where I'd been for three years. I've been in the same field for nearly ten and have racked up a pretty big list of contacts. Some of these contacts have open positions that interest me where they are working. So, what I'm wondering is if in this situation I should reach out to them personally before or after I submit my resume. When I've been hiring, I can't say I've had a preference, but I'm wondering what other folks' experience has been, or what you would prefer in that situation.


    Always confirm. icon_smile.gif Good luck!
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    Sep 14, 2009 3:21 AM GMT
    contact them first
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    Sep 14, 2009 4:55 AM GMT
    Contact them first. They may actually ask for a copy of your resume and forward it directly to the hiring manager.

    If you contact them afterwards, it might be a slight pain to track your resume down from the HR department.
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    Sep 14, 2009 6:56 AM GMT
    Yes I would contact them.