I recently applied on-line for a Director level role and followed up by contacting the company directly.  I was given the name of the hiring manager but have not spoken with him.  Then, the same day, I was called by a retained search firm about the same role.

My thinking is this:  If I can get the company to consider me directly, then they would not have to pay the search firm in the event that I'm hired.  My resume exists in their database already.  By the same token, perhaps that is not my place and I should let the search firm do their job.

I'd welcome any thoughts.  

jonno12131's picture


If the company has your resume directly, and has already contacted you about the role, I don't see any benefit in giving the search firm your resume for that role. If the search firm sends it into the hiring company, the hiring company will (should!) ignore it as you're already on their books. Like you said, by engaging you directly they will avoid the search fee.

Having said that, if the search firm matched you to a role that you had already applied for, it looks like they have their finger on the pulse so I would send them your CV anyway in case you don't get this role. Just tell them you've already applied for the role then they can decide whether to submit it again or not, maybe just to try their luck.

Hope this helps. Good luck!


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If you received a call from a 'Retained' search firm, then they get paid if the position is filled regardless.  As such, it doesn't matter if they come up with the candidate who is hired or it comes from another source.  In fact, your name may have been given to them directly by the firm and they were calling to screen you. 

If it wasn't a retained firm, then your 100% right.  The company has you on file and will not give credit to the recruiting firm.  I work in a pretty small industry and I often get resumes of people I already have on file.  I politely call the recruiter and let them know so they can move on.  

All the best,