What is the best way to do deal with out-of-control tech recruiters?
February 2, 2014 12:36 PM Subscribe
I am searching for a new job in software and one particular recruiting agency is contacting me by phone to a degree that I consider harassment. I am interested in one of the jobs they're pitching, though. What's the best way to handle it?
posted by drjimmy11 to Work & Money (18 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
The level of harassment is unbelievable- I think they called me literally ten times on Friday, after I had asked them to contact me by email. I received two more calls this morning (Sunday) at 10am. Their tactics seem to be akin to those of telemarketers or debt collectors, and despite the fact that we both want the same thing (me getting a job), they refuse to listen to reason.
I am ready to inform that any further contact will be considered harassment and subject to legal action. However, I am interested in the job they initially contacted me about. I've looked at the employer's website, and I could just contact them directly.
My question is about the legal ramifications of this. I know that typically recruiters ask employers to sign papers saying they "own" the candidates they present, and forbidding the employer from contacting the person directly- otherwise employers would just cut out the middleman and recruiters would never get paid.
My question is, a) is this enforceable? and b) Will the employer's HR refuse to interview me because of this, if I contact them directly? Will they even notice? If I formally "renounce" the agency and tell them I don't want them representing me, does that make a difference?
A few relevant facts:
- I believe the agency has already sent them my resume, but I have not talked to anyone from the company yet.
- I have not signed any papers with this agency, it is all via phone and (when I can force them) email.
- In case you're unfamiliar with the tech industry, there is nothing like the exclusive representation like in Hollywood. Job-seekers work with any and all recruiters at once, it's just whoever can get you the interview.
I have considered issuing an ultimatum to the agency saying if they call me on the phone again, our relationship is over. But I'd rather skip the drama and cut them out all together. If that means I lose out on this particular job I am fine with that.
Not interested in:
- "Ethical" aspects. I am 100% fine with the recruiter getting screwed over; in fact that would make me happy.
- Consulting a lawyer. This just doesn't mean that much to me one way or another.
This is in California. Thanks!