Jeff Ribeira

I’m not positive this is a best practice for applying to federal positions, but if they list an HR contact, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to establish at least some form of human contact. While I wouldn’t send them my application directly (unless of course, like Camille says, the instructions say to do so) I think it’s a good idea to sometimes send a quick email or even a phone call if there’s a number, reaffirming your interest, perhaps asking a few strategic questions, etc.

Actually, now that I think of it, if there are any actual HR people out there, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this practice. Does sending a personal email message (not a full application) help a candidate’s chances any, or is it just annoying?