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01 October 2004 @ 06:17 pm
Moral Dilema  

I appreciate that the second recruiters have gotten me at least one interview, but they are _really_ sloppy about some things.

When i talked to the first recruiters, a subset of the same people who got me my first gaming job in SoCal and who have been incredibly competent and professional, they gave me a huge list of companies that i might fit, and i told them which to apply for. When that didn't work out they said they didn't mind if i talked to another recruiter as long as i kept everyone updated on who had already talked to whom.

So when i talked to the second recruiter i gave them a medium long list of the companies i'd already talked to. They found some new companies and asked me if i wanted to apply to them, and i said yes to most of them, same as with the first recruiter. Then today i suddenly get an email saying "The Collective" wants to interview you, is monday at 3pm okay. That name sounded familiar, so i checked back, it was on the list of companies i sent them a week or two ago that i'd already talked to!

So i prepare an email to send them saying that i've already talked to them and shouldn't do so again. However before sending it off i check back through old emails just so i have a good idea of whats going on (and to make sure that _i_ didn't somehow screw something up.)

I doublecheck and yes it was in the email i sent them and that they confirmed. And i find the emails to the first recruiter talking about it. Then i find that although the first recruiter had talked to me about it we'd decided that i wasn't really qualified for the positions they were looking for at the time, so they didn't talk to them about it.

So the second company clearly screwed up by talking to them. I don't know if The Collective has oppened up new positions since then, or if the second recruiters exagerated my skills. It seems unfair to the first recruiters to talk to the company through the second recruiters, but it seems a little unfair to tell the first recruiters about this and get them to check to see if there are updated job openings.

I can't see any good and moral way out of this. I think i may just have to not talk to The Collective at all, but it feels really stupid to turn down a job possibility without even talking to them about it at all, and i'm really pissed at the second recruiters, no matter what i end up doing.
Current Mood: angryangry
Leora: ouroborosleora on October 1st, 2004 06:33 pm (UTC)
Go to it. The second recruiter may have presented you honestly, and the first recruieter may just have been too hasty in thinking you didn't fit. You should go and find out. If you aren't qualified, you won't get a job out of it anyway, so how does it hurt the first recruieter?
DonAithnendonaithnen on October 1st, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
First of all, i made an exclusivity agreement with the first recruiter (in reference to specific companes.) That remains true no matter what. Even if this is a new position which the first recruiters were lax in telling me about, that does not negate the original agreement.

Second, even if the first recruiters didn't talk to the company about me, we both agreed together that i did not fit what they were looking for. If the first recruiter was hasty then i shared in that haste and that's just as much my fault as theirs.

Third of all, even if the first recruiter didn't send my resume in, they may have talked to the company about me, which opens the door for all kinds of legal trouble.

Fourth of all, if i get a job with this company the first recruiter will almost certainly hear about it. If i interview with the company but don't get the job the first recruiters will probably hear about it anyways. If i don't get the job i'm still going to be working with these people and don't want them pissed off because of something that was no fault of theirs. Even if i get the job there's no reason to think that i won't want to be dealing with these same recruiters again in a few years.

Last of all, the paranoid part of me is wondering why the first recruiters _always_ told me the name of the company and the position they were looking for and asked my opinion before talking to them about it, and the second recruiter _also_ followed the same procedure in every case _except_ this one, in which they suddenly say they've already talked to the company without asking me about it first and they already want to set up an interview for a specific time. They haven't even told me for what position.
Leora: ouroborosleora on October 2nd, 2004 01:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, didn't catch the exclusivity detail. Then yes, don't go. Tell them that you can't because you agreed to be exclusive with those companies with the first recruiter and ask them to please stick to your list.