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Topic - Recruitment Agencies

jameswoodman1 - on 01 Aug 2013
Having recently graduated, like many others I am now on the dreaded job hunt. Over the last month or so along with applying for numerous jobs I have also sent my details to a couple of recruitment agencies to see what they can find me.

This last week a job has popped up that I am very interested in and therefore I have applied directly. Only to get an immediate response from the employer saying that given my CV they would normally offer me an interview, however my details had already been forwarded to them by a recruitment agency, and because its a junior role and they are a small company they won't offer me an interview, because if they employ me obviously there are large costs they will have to pay to the recruitment agency. They stated however that if I can come to an agreement with the recruitment agency then they will reconsider offering me an interview.

I am a little bit confused by this response. The employer clearly can't have contracted the recruitment agency to fill the position, otherwise they would be willing to pay the costs and wouldn't have paid to separately advertise the role directly. Therefore if the employer hasn't specifically contracted the vacancy to the recruitment agency why is there a problem with not being able to ignore the recruitment agency and just proceed with my direct application?
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