I am trying to land a new job, and with the process comes networking. I don't have a lot of 1st / 2nd connections in the industry, so it's a lot of cold-emails.
1. Is it okay to try to connect with someone at the company after you've submitted your job application?
2. Is it better to try to connect with someone at a company in the department you're interested in working for, or someone at that company who is in a different department but a 2nd connection?
Thanks for the advice!