I am in the process of applying for internships and I was wondering how those on the hiring side feel about situations where someone contacted you directly instead of sending an e-mailing the company’s careers address. not only that, but your e-mail is not listed anywhere on the company website.
Is it considered rude, or maybe a little invasive to “bypass” the standard protocol (i.e. contacting the firstname.lastname@example.org address) by contacting the person in charge (owner of the design firm or sr. designer, etc.) directly? it is pretty easy to find contact information through the internet.
contacting the person in charge directly instead of going through HR seems to be a strategy that often comes up in other threads about job searching, but is this an acceptable way of doing things? does it really make a difference?