In general, I advocate to
- get the resume into a target company’s database;
- have it hand-delivered by internal contacts in the target company to the hiring manager (not HR); and
- send it as a follow-up after meeting with networking contacts.
The clients I work with are using their resume as a “leave-behind” rather than a “lead-in.” In other words, they are networking with others to learn about their needs first and, as a follow-up to the networking, sending their resumes.And, P.S., this leave-behind aspect is why job-seekers still need an attractive “print” version of their resume — not just a stripped-down one for posting on job boards and employer sites.