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chris79
16th February 2009, 23:57
I've been put forward for a role today by Agent A, I was told a band of what they were willing to offer so I went in at the bottom, as the money is still quite nice.

I've now seen the role advertised by Agent B for £150 more than what Agent A has put me in at.

If I put my CV in with Agent B for more money, what are the consequences here. Am I free to choose which agent I go with upon call-up for an interview or have I smoked my chances of the higher rate here?

BrilloPad
17th February 2009, 07:45
Maybe the higher rate is just advertising and they have no intention of paying it?

Assuming both rates are genuine IMO you should stick with Agent A. Having CV submitted twice might blow the gig for you. Also you were happy with the rate when Agent A advertised it so you should stick with it.

Fred Bloggs
17th February 2009, 07:51
Hmmm, wasn't this exact same question asked a couple of weeks ago?

BrilloPad
17th February 2009, 08:00
Hmmm, wasn't this exact same question asked a couple of weeks ago?

I thought in the question 2 weeks ago the person had been submitted by 2 agencies and was about to be called in for interview? :confused:

rootsnall
17th February 2009, 08:04
What I would do when submitting a low rate to try and secure a role is get an email from the agent confirming their margin. You might find they have put you forward at full whack anyway. If the agent is playing it straight they have no reason not to confirm their margin.

Pogle
17th February 2009, 08:19
This happened to me and I posted on here about it.
However with me it was the first agent who offered the higher rate and I had already asked them to put me forward.
It really is a tough one, have you mentioned to agent A that you've been approached about the same job but at a higher rate?

I am not qualified to offer any advice, but I wish you luck.

BTW I got the job - at the higher rate :smile

Pickle2
17th February 2009, 10:27
If agent A has put you forward, stick with them.

Given the current market - get the role first, worry about getting the right rate afterwards.

realityhack
17th February 2009, 10:35
Recruiting for a contractor last month, I approached 4 rostered agencies with the job spec, and they were asked to provide 3 CVs each.

All 4 agencies submitted the same bloke, who (curiously) had slightly modified his name on each CV (using his middle names alternately as his first). Straight in the bin, and annoying as he stopped 3 potentially good candidates from being submitted.

Didn't even bother trying to make the rest of the CV look any different. What a plank.

BlightyBoy
17th February 2009, 10:45
If agent A has put you forward, stick with them.

Given the current market - get the role first, worry about getting the right rate afterwards.

Agreed.

How many times have agents quoted rates, then after the client has "seen" your CV, they apparently only want to pay you the lower end??

Bird in the hand and all that mate.

bobspud
17th February 2009, 10:57
Keep your mouth shut and get an interview first. Then get the end rate while you are at the interview. If you think you have a problem with your rate use your project management skills to sort your own rate out with the agency...

The hard part at the moment is to figure out if you have actually been put forward as opposed to appeased then dropped in the bin to stop you applying through an opposing agency.

I always take the position that I apply through agency 1 then if an agency 2 turns up I ask them to check if the end client has seen my CV and if they come back with a no, I go from there... I have seen a couple of interviews this way in the past...

It would seem that there is a CV mopping up race going on this morning. Between Sand,Monarch and now Bendock & clark the race started at upto £500 and is now at £700 with B&C...

realityhack
17th February 2009, 10:59
I always take the position that I apply through agency 1 then if an agency 2 turns up I ask them to check if the end client has seen my CV and if they come back with a no, I go from there...
Good strategy.

chris79
17th February 2009, 14:22
I rang to discuss the situation, basically the client had given no indication of the rate to the agency. As it happens they put 12 CVs forward and client has taken an interest in only 2 of them. The good news is I'm one of them!*

Happy with rate, happy with result.. just gotta nail the interview now. :banana:



*information obtained from Agency cannot be guaranteed or trusted and should always be treated with caution.

oracleslave
17th February 2009, 14:54
Happy with rate, happy with result.. just gotta nail the interview now. :banana:



Good luck!

BrilloPad
17th February 2009, 18:28
I rang to discuss the situation, basically the client had given no indication of the rate to the agency. As it happens they put 12 CVs forward and client has taken an interest in only 2 of them. The good news is I'm one of them!*

Happy with rate, happy with result.. just gotta nail the interview now. :banana:



*information obtained from Agency cannot be guaranteed or trusted and should always be treated with caution.

Is that with agent A or agent B?

chris79
17th February 2009, 19:08
Is that with agent A or agent B?

Agent A.. with original agreed rate. I was happy with the conversation regarding how they came to the rate, and my mind was settled upon the news that I had been selected by the client for a meeting.

Got another call almost straight after and potentially another interview lined up for another gig (more money, but shorter term and further to travel) so has been a successful day on the job hunt side. :)