Should I contact a hiring manager directly?

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When applying to jobs in the competitive field of international development, it can be a challenge to stand out in a sea of candidates. HR and recruitment professionals are often the gatekeepers in the hiring process, leaving the fate of your application in their hands.

Some recruiters have a deep understanding of the role and what a hiring manager is looking for in candidates, while some have only a perfunctory idea. This isn’t always the fault of the recruiter, many hiring managers are bad at communicating what they need in a new hire and take an “I’ll know it when I see it” approach.

So knowing this, should a job seeker circumvent the formal hiring procedures and go straight to the hiring manager? That is what one Devex member asked me via Twitter.

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    Kate Warren

    Kate Warren is Executive Vice President and resident talent and careers guru at Devex. With 15 years of global development recruitment experience advising international NGOs, consulting firms, and donor agencies, she has a finger on the pulse of hiring trends across the industry and insider knowledge on what it takes to break in.