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Is it inappropriate to reach out to the CEO?


Your thoughts? I have a potential phone interview next week for a job I really want. The CEO of the company is in my LinkedIn, though I don't know him personally. Would it be inappropriate to reach out to him with my resume and a cover letter?

ArmaniX, MSN, APRN

Specializes in Critical Care. Has 8 years experience.

He might be a little busy.

FullGlass, BSN, MSN, NP

Specializes in Adult and Geriatric Primary Care. Has 3 years experience.

If you've already got an interview scheduled, there is no need to contact the CEO at this point.

I would reach out afterwards with a standard thank you statement, thanking him for the opportunity to interview. Those final touches after an interview can set you apart from others. I wouldn't, however, continue to bother him after sending a brief thank you.

I would say it depends on the size of the company, how much of a say the CEO has in hiring, and if you already have an interview set up.

If it is a tiny company and the CEO is really involved in all the aspects, I would put aside the "Oh, they may be busy" comment. I interviewed for a small health company and the CEO did my interview and gave me his personal phone number. Obviously not too busy. When I was an RN and was itching to make a change in my situation, I contacted the Director of Palliative Care Research (who is extremely busy with traveling and whatever else she does and has the rock star status of Paul McCartney), thinking, "Gosh, she is probably never going to answer my email." I heard back from her in under six hours and had a face-to-face meeting with her within two days and was offered a job on the spot. Granted, not the CEO, but someone of great power in the institution.

I agree with @FullGlass: If you already have the interview, there's no need to reach out. If you don't get the job and the company is small and the CEO has clout in hiring, then I would say reach out. Hope this helps.