We seem to get questions like this fairly regularly:
I'm currently looking for a job in pharma-biotech industry. What is the normal path to contact them? I've noticed people is normally not listed in their company webpages.
The theme is usually the same: people want to apply at Company X and are trying to find contact details for department managers or HR to send in a resume, bypass an application process, find ways for their application to stand out (as if it's a good thing) and so on. I expect we'll have a question on where to send a Singing Telegram or carrier pigeon before long.
Answers on these questions always tend to boil down to the same thing: apply for open positions by following the company's hiring process, don't go through back-channels (unless you have a close contact in the company who can vouch for you), send blind resume submissions through established channels or to HR, ...
It seems like it would be useful to have a general reference question with comprehensive answers so these kinds of questions can be closed as duplicates and answers combined in one location. Your thoughts?
Related Meta: Do "reference questions" make sense?