I'm looking for a new job in quite a specialised sector. There are only 2 recruitment agencies in the country who deal with it.
One of them called me yesterday to inform me about a job with a company. I was told the availability of the post was confidential and was very new.
So I look at the company's website, the job is advertised there!
I have not yet instructed the agency to do anything. I also think in going through them it will put me at a large disadvantage due to the commission they'll charge. Other candidates may have applied directly through the website and not have the commission hanging over them.
I will probably apply directly but could the agency have any comeback if I get the job because they told me about it? I have no formal agreement with the agency, not signed up to anything, no terms have ever been discussed. One day I saw they had a few jobs advertised so sent my CV to them. They then kept me 'on file'.
The circumstances under which I would use an agency would be if the post was not as yet advertised. The advantage would be clear there.
I am considering ditching the agencies completely as the market is small and I could find things myself