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The CV ownership rule and why you need to know about it.

By Sarah Owens on 25.11.14 in Finding a job

I'm not one to bore you with loads of stuff around recruitment admin and Ts&Cs, but there is one little rule that it's helpful to know about if you're looking for a job - and even if you're not.  

So what is it?  Basically, when a recruiter sends a CV or, sometimes - not us I hasten to add, forwarding a LinkedIn profile to an agency or client, that usually counts as an 'introduction'.  Most recruiters' Ts&Cs have a clause saying that an introduction is valid for between 6, and in the case of many head-hunters, 12 months.   

During that period, no other recruiter can represent you.  So effectively the recruiter has exclusivity. 

Now that's all fine if you're happy with that recruiter:  they've interviewed you, know what you're looking for and have the confidence and trust of the client to whom you've been introduced.  However, that's not always the case.  We all know about the type of recruiter who scours LinkedIn, calls or emails, says they have a fabulous job with Agency X and then  …. You hear nothing.   Maybe they didn't actually have the brief, or you're not right for it or you're right, but because they didn't interview you and present you well enough, the client's not interested. 

Again, we could all possibly live with that I suppose, but the problem arises when you decide to work with a recruiter who you trust, and they brief you on another role at Agency X, or even the same one.   Your trusted recruiter can't represent you until your CV is out of the 6 or 12 month exclusivity period, as much as you might want them to. 

So my advice is to be sure that when you're introduced it's by someone who you really do want to represent you.   Make sure that they interview you and you trust them to put you forward in the best light.   And make 100% sure that they actually have the brief or you could find that you're caught out further down the line.