Recruitment Agency Tricks
Recruitment Agency tricks are a constant problem for contractors.
Contractors are always complaining about recruitment agency tricks, the ‘tricks’ that agents get up to, in order to:-
- ‘rip them off’,
- find out who’s recruiting, and
- to get them to sign contracts before they go to other interviews etc. etc. etc.
Agency tricks are a constant refrain of the contractor Discussion Boards, and whenever contractors get together, about the latest wheezes that agents and agencies get up to.
It’s better to think of it as a game of Chess though, or a cricketing batsman facing a tricky spin bowler. Then you won’t get upset so much.
They should learn, though, how to counteract those agency tricks. It’s not all that difficult if you know how. Here we will show you how to counteract those agency tricks.
Some of what I say will not be advice, but merely pointing out what COULD be done.
When you first join up, the agent may tell you that you shouldn’t send out your CV to other agencies. Their reason is that they have coverage of the market. They say that if your CV was to appear at the same company twice from two separate agents, it would cause great embarrassment and will probably cause them to reject your CV.
This is complete baloney. It is the right of small companies (as contractors are) to advertise and market their skills and services to as wide an audience as possible, in order to give themselves the best chance of getting business and at the highest rate.
Hirer of Contractors
First of all, as someone who has hired many contractors in the past (and having spoken to others that have also), I can say that it never bothers a client if the same person’s CV appears more than once from different agencies.
In fact if there are a lot of CVs that have been sent through, you are more likely to stick out and be remembered if your CV has been received more than once.
Indeed, if it appears multiple times, then the client is likely to conclude that you are quite thorough in your job search. That will do you no harm, as clients certainly have nothing against thorough people.
Clients Choosing CVs
Clients normally do one of two things. They either choose the first CV from you that has been sent through or they choose the cheapest. Some agents take a lesser cut than others.
They never throw them away for that reason. It is important for you to get your CV out to as many agencies as possible. That’s because there are certain agencies that have ‘ins’ at certain sites, and you won’t have them covered if you don’t have your CV with them.
There is no down side to getting your CV to as many agencies as possible.
Recruitment Agency Tricks is the first in a series of six articles about hitting agents for six.