Agents part CCXXXIV

Uri Guttman uri at
Mon Dec 3 06:38:39 GMT 2012

On 12/02/2012 03:32 PM, Dave Hodgkinson wrote:
> If an agent sends your resume somewhere without telling you, is
> there any kind of redress?

i wish there were redress other than making those agents wear a dress. i have been on both sides and i distinctly told my agents to never submit me without my permission. there are several reasons why this is important. the most important is duplicate submissions. if you or another agent has submitted you, and then another submission is done, some companies will not accept you due to the issues of who is your agent and who gets a a double submission can cost you a reason i ask my candidates where else they are being submitted is to avoid those duplications.

another reason is if you don't want to work for a company or move to the 
location or other reasons to not want to be submitted. sometimes a 
candidate will apply directly and i have to decline to also submit them.

i adhere strictly to the rule to always ask for permission to submit. 
sometimes i am talking to a candidate about a lead and i know they want 
me to submit them. i still ask the question to get a yes from them.

if you run into an agent who does submit you without your permission, be 
sure to ream them out. talk to the agency boss if you can. maybe blog 
about them. maybe write something to the perl jobs discuss list. tell 
them they are on your shit list and will never get referrals again. this 
is an ethical issue and needs to be addressed before it gets worse.


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