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Bypassing recruiter

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:42 am

I have been casually working with a recruiter who advised me about a new opening. I personally know the new position's hiring attorney. Are there any downsides to approaching the hiring attorney directly? Would my candidacy be any more attractive if the hiring attorney could avoid the recruiter fee?

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Re: Bypassing recruiter

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:00 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:42 am
I have been casually working with a recruiter who advised me about a new opening. I personally know the new position's hiring attorney. Are there any downsides to approaching the hiring attorney directly? Would my candidacy be any more attractive if the hiring attorney could avoid the recruiter fee?
Not sure what exactly you mean by "casually" working with them, but if they told you about the opening, it's a dick move to freeze them out. As for fees, I suppose not paying a fee is better than paying a fee, but firms seem to hire people who use recruiters regularly, so not a barrier to getting hired.

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Re: Bypassing recruiter

Post by nealric » Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:50 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 12:00 pm
Anonymous User wrote:
Thu Jan 13, 2022 1:42 am
I have been casually working with a recruiter who advised me about a new opening. I personally know the new position's hiring attorney. Are there any downsides to approaching the hiring attorney directly? Would my candidacy be any more attractive if the hiring attorney could avoid the recruiter fee?
Not sure what exactly you mean by "casually" working with them, but if they told you about the opening, it's a dick move to freeze them out. As for fees, I suppose not paying a fee is better than paying a fee, but firms seem to hire people who use recruiters regularly, so not a barrier to getting hired.
It may be a "dick move" under some circumstances but using a recruiter can be a barrier to getting hired. A candidate referred by a recruiter carries a substantial additional fee associated that a non-represented recruiter does not. Some firms care more than others about the fee.

Whether you owe the recruiter anything will depend on whether you've signed anything. Whether you should feel like you should owe the recruiter anything may depend on the opening. Is it a public opening you could have found by going to the firm's website? Did the recruiter just say "I have an opening in specialty X at a firm with XYZ qualities" and you just figured out the name of the actual firm on your own? If so, I don't think that alone should entitle the recruiter to a fee. The hard work is in actually getting the candidate placed, not in just telling people about an opening.

On the other hand, if the opening is totally non-public and the firm engaged the recruiter to find candidates, you may not want to bypass them. In that case, the firm is already planning on paying a fee and trusts the judgment of the recruiter.

Regardless of whether you want the recruiter involved, you should reach out to any and all contacts you may have.

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