I did a little research to see what the rule of thumb was on bypassing HR in terms of finding jobs and found it rather interesting.
Camp One - The "Golem HR Nazi Camp"
"NO!!! YOU NEEDS US!!! MY PRECIOUS!!!! THE POWER WE NEED!!! WE ARE IMPORTANT WE TELL US SO!!!! YOU NEEEEEEEEDS US!!!!!!"
"If you bypass us we'll kick your ass (even though we admit we're pretty useless)"
Camp Two - The Real world
All the hiring is done through networking and bypassing HR.
"Avoid HR like the plague"
"I receive more unqualified applicants from HR than qualified"
"HR can only tell you no."
"I'm from HR and even I'M telling you to avoid HR."
Ah, HR. Crushing deficits, high corporate taxes, frivolous lawsuits and over-burdensome regulation cannot hold a candle to your ability to keep the US economy from growing and booming.