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 Hi -

In the last few days two recruiters have called me on what has turned out to be the same position.  Its a little complicated...
 
I first started working with recruiter A on opportunity #1.  Opportunity #1 turned out to not be a fit, and she said in parting "You mind be interested in opportunity #2".  I replied to her email and asked a few questions and have not heard back (its been a few days).  I had seen a link to opportunity #2 in LinkedIn a few weeks ago.
 
Yesterday I get a cold-email (LinkedIn) from a different recruiter "B"  about an opportunity - and talked to her today.  This turned out to be the same opportunity #2 from recruiter "A".  We had a great discussion, and she said she "has been working with company for along time" - she suggested 'next steps'.  She and I hit it off - she was very upbeat and positive.
 
Has anyone been in the situation and what would you recommend?  Tell recruiter 'A' about recruiter 'B' and vice-versa?  Go with who ever hustles?  I don't want to burn any bridges - its a small world.
 
Thanks,
Jake
 
 
 

jrosenau's picture

You need to find out if recruiter A put you in for the position.  If a company sees the same resume from 2 different recruiters, the company may throw it out [they don't want to get into the "I was first" "No, I was first" issue - so they just drop it.]  So, assuming you like B better, tell B that you realized that you had discussed this position with A so you need to confirm that A has not submitted you.  Ask A to confirm back and make sure A knows to not submit you and then let B submit you.  Good Luck.
John

SmartCookie's picture

Most companies will disqualify applicants who are submitted by multiple recruiters, so by all means, work with B - but verify that A has not yet submitted you. If A has already submitted you, you may be stuck on this job but still have a great opportunity to let B know you are interested in working with her in the future.

SmartCookie's picture

Most companies will disqualify applicants who are submitted by multiple recruiters, so by all means, work with B - but verify that A has not yet submitted you. If A has already submitted you, you may be stuck on this job but still have a great opportunity to let B know you are interested in working with her in the future.

dtiller's picture

In my marketplace the company will work with the recruiter that first submits the applicant.  It is wise to work with multiple agencies and if you are good of course you will be presented often and likely by multiple agencies.  Companies work with multiple agencies so they are not naive to think that candidates only work with one agency. 

mike_bruns_99's picture

It's the same in our marketplace. We work with multiple agencies and it's not uncommon to have the same resume submitted to us from 2 different agencies.

That being said, we also post positions on the various job-boards and our website. All else being equal, we'd prefer to hire a person without using the recruiter. They serve a purpose especially for hard to fill positions. But there is a cost involved.