Re: Yet Another Recruiter Question

Subject: Re: Yet Another Recruiter Question
From: Beth Agnew <beth -dot- agnew -at- senecac -dot- on -dot- ca>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 19 Nov 2006 09:57:07 -0500

The recruiter needs to know if you may have applied to a job for which they already have a contract in place with the employer. If you are successful, they can probably get credit for the hire, even though you submitted yourself. Also, they need to know if you are working with any other recruiters. If two or more recruiters submit candidates for the same job (yes, it happens), they need to know which one gets the commission. The recruiter wants to avoid a situation where your resume was submitted by a competitor and by them as well. That opens the field for a nice argument or a split commission, and they don't want to take that chance. The question then is more about turf than whether you are marketing yourself.

They probably also want an idea of whether you might take yourself out of the candidate pool by accepting a job for which they will not receive a commission, or by turning down a job they find for you. If you are actively looking for a job, it tells them you're serious. Some people float applications to recruiters just to see whether there are any nibbles. Recruiters don't want to waste time on people who are just testing the market.

James Barrow wrote:

Here's another question that seems to have popped up more these days
whenever I first discuss a job:

"Have you submitted yourself to any other jobs?"

Note: This question takes several forms: "Are you actively marketing
yourself?", "Are you actively seeking a job?", "Are you working with any
other recruiters", etc.

There's a good chance that I'm missing something obvious, but at the moment
I can't see the relevance of this question.

Since recruiters make money off of me once I obtain a job through them, they
should work hard to get me an interview, whether or not I'm working with
other recruiters for other jobs, right?
Beth Agnew
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Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology
Toronto, ON 416.491.5050 x3133


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