As I see faculty positions in Europe and North America is always based on applications. Is it common that a department head suggest a faculty position to a possible candidate?
I do not mean based on personal connection. Job websites (consider those devoted to academic jobs) encourage job seekers to upload their CVs.
Is it common that a department head search CVs uploaded on academic job websites and suggest a faculty possible to a job seeker?
Is there any success story? Does this system work in practice?