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Recruiter vs. Insider

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 13, 2016 1:39 pm

Fishing for some collective TLS wisdom. Would appreciate responses that don't quote.

Background: Corporate associate at a top NY firm trying to lateral to another major market (think LA/SF/Chicago), where I'd like to settle down and grow roots. Have a year and change of experience under my belt. I've been working with a recruiter who has been fairly responsive, although I'm still a bit unclear as to what kind of value she is, in fact, adding. That said, I work inhumane hours and she has been good about researching and following up on my behalf.

A relative of mine has put me in touch with a senior attorney in an office where I'd like to lateral. I've spoken to said senior attorney, who offered to put in a good word for me when I apply. S/he was agnostic about whether using a recruiter to apply would help or harm. Didn't seem to have an opinion either way. I went to T1 school with top grades, firm doesn't appear to hire alums from there, but they have hired quite a few laterals from my current firm.

Question: Often I read about how firms would like to avoid recruiters, and instead prefer internal referrals. That said, I was wondering if anyone has thoughts on having a recruiter submit the initial application and then have an inside connection put in a good word. Would I be shooting myself in the foot by using a recruiter in the first instance?

Thank you.


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Re: Recruiter vs. Insider

Postby misterjames » Sun Nov 13, 2016 2:09 pm

I think the question you really need to ask is whether the recruiter would retain a fee should this firm hire you. If the answer is yes the recruiter gets a fee (and it sounds like it would be here), then you are shooting yourself in the foot somewhat because the fee is what firms want to avoid. I think the right approach is to use your connections at firms to the extent you have them, and then use a good recruiter for firms or locations where you have no connections.

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Re: Recruiter vs. Insider

Postby Abbie Doobie » Mon Nov 14, 2016 8:48 pm

do not use a recruiter here. there is nothing that they can do that your inside contact can't already do. use the inside contact and leave the recruiter out of it.

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Re: Recruiter vs. Insider

Postby tfer2222 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:02 pm

Abbie Doobie wrote:do not use a recruiter here. there is nothing that they can do that your inside contact can't already do. use the inside contact and leave the recruiter out of it.

yeah, this.


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Re: Recruiter vs. Insider

Postby shock259 » Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:25 pm

Recruiters drop shitty resumes all over the place, so it would be really easy to have yours get lost in the shuffle. Going through your friend is a sure fire way to make sure your shit actually gets looked at.

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