Actor-entertainers ever create a resume
Can I personally give my resume to an employer if I have already sent it to HR?
Adding a little more detail to the "it varies" answer - knowing the business, knowing the culture - demonstrating these things is far more important than resume / personal exposure.
I'm hiring in two roles - engineering / IT & performing arts.
Here's a comparison -
IT / engineering:
I'm very busy and my own time to change context is crucial. I don't want or have time to hear from individual candidates until my HR department reviews them. Keeping the business needs going is my job, screening candidates is the job of the HR department - they and I met about my needs and I trust them.
Worse, I work in security - a paranoid field to say the least. If you showed up on my doorstep (past the armed guards, metal detectors, and human trap) I might be a little impressed with your ninja skills, but most of the time I would have freaked out. I would also have serious concerns about your respect for the process, which is a critical part of my team's needs. And I would worry that you don't understand that my particular focus is on building great walls and not climbing over them with impressive dexterity.
On the contrary. Perhaps because our culture is about seeing and being seen, the environment is much more open. It's a strike against the candidate if he hasn't seen our group - why would you want to join an artistic venture that you haven't even seen? Some of my favorite candidates have confessed, embarrassed, to politely "chasing" us for years. You have to love what you do in this industry to do well as a performer. I wouldn't be surprised to hear that a publicly available role was something similar.
More to the point - don't hesitate to get in touch with me at a show, course, or other public event. But there are good ways and bad ways. Especially in the performing arts, a good performer makes the performance look effortless. So there is a fine line between "interested, committed, self-confident and enthusiastic" and the false impression that you can do this job better with 0 years of experience than a skilled performer with more than 5 years of experience. A big part of the culture is a commitment to improvement. As a manager in this world, I have to trust that people take their own needs seriously in order to improve, and that people are willing and open to receive criticism and work on improvements.
Always that "I'm really interested, your work is so cool" is a winner. Hard to disagree. :) :)
And even in the more closed tech world - if you happen to see me at a networking event (conference, BOAF session, meet n greet, etc.) - and find out that I'm doing something you want a piece of - then be sure to let me know .... this is an appropriate time because I have purposely reserved this space to meet new people and explore new opportunities (having a great person on the team is absolutely an opportunity - both for me and also for the candidate!). Just be aware and open to me and ask yourself to follow a normal procedure.
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