I work at a medium-sized recruiting firm in the U.S. I primarily place call center representatives and other customer service positions, but I occasionally come across positions in other fields.
In the past 3 months, both my boss and I have come under fire for under-performance as a team. When push comes to shove, it is the decision of my boss who will get let go. Logically, my boss will stay and I will be fired soon in lieu of some minor miracle.
I am in a similar situation as noted in: How do I leave my job when I work for a recruiter?, basically stuck between a rock and a hard place as I am starting my career with few professional connections to leverage in a job search.
Now here's the real pickle! I recently began working on placing a position in a non-customer service related field. The hiring manager for this position has struggled to find the two under-qualified candidates currently on his desk, and I happen to be strongly qualified myself.
1. Is it ethical to speak directly with this hiring manager about myself being the best candidate for the position?
2. Is it professional to speak with this hiring manager about submitting myself for this position?
I truly would not be considering this if I didn't believe I was the best candidate for the job. When I add my credentials to the pool of potential candidates, I would objectively choose myself over everyone else. I have a friend who works at the hiring manager's company who agrees that I would fit well into the company and perform well in the role.
On the one hand, I see this as a great opportunity to work around the recruiter-applying-for-a-new-position-without-getting-fired wall. On the other, I see how this could potentially damage both my current company's relationship with this hiring manager and, worst case scenario, end in myself getting fired for acting unprofessionally. I am simply unsure of how professional/ethical others view this move as being.