A couple months ago I had several rounds of interviews at a hedge fund. I received great feedback but they ultimately hired someone with a couple more years experience. A headhunter recently brought me an opportunity that is coincidentally at the same fund -- apparently they are expanding this particular strategy quickly and need another junior person. She told me she knows the people at the fund quite well and would call them. She spoke to the COO, who I also met, but the portfolio manager (who would probably make the decision) was out of the office. The COO told the headhunter they all liked me except someone unexpectedly overqualified showed up, and would discuss internally. The headhunter acknowledged that she wouldnt be getting paid for this since I had found the company originally. Only because I'm really paranoid -- should I reach out directly to the PM with a short note? Dont love the idea of going through an unincentivized headhunter... Note: To clarify, I'll still mention I spoke to the headhunter because my goal isn't to cut her out of the process -- it's to just use the direct contact I have.