I'm applying for a job that I really want. I just applied online and the system only asked for my resume and some general questions. I believe that's because the firm uses some keyword tracking system to filter out applications.
I want to maximize my chance to be selected. I have prepared a cover letter, and I am thinking about making a portfolio over the weekend to showcase achievements in my career.
Would you suggest reaching out to HR or the hiring manager directly through email and send them my things? As this is not required, I don't know if doing this is appropriate. I don't have personal connections with the firm.
I'm also not sure who the hiring manager is, but through LinkedIn search I identified a person that I believe is very likely to be the one.