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Direct or Recruiter?

 
#1 Direct or Recruiter?
22/09/2009 00:02

Torn

Been a while since I was in the job market having been with my previous Big 4 employer for 6 years.

Just wondering if anyone has any advice on the best way to approach the rest of the big 4?

I have three options:

1) Loads of people I know have moved to other Big 4 firms and would no doubt "sponsor my application" (for a big finders fee!)

2) I could apply direct through websites, get caught up in HR circles etc etc

3) I could approach one of the several agencies who are recruiting on their behalf

Common sense tells me that option one would be the best but here's the problem: I don't know why but part of me strongly feels it would be better to apply independently of relationships with ex-colleagues.

So, anyone had any recent experience or stories to tell with regards to this that might be helpful?

Thanks in advance.

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#2 RE: Direct or Recruiter?
22/09/2009 08:27

Sim to Torn (#1)

You've listed the options in my order of preference. Recommended candidates are the firms' preferred option so get (a little less) administrative hassle and (slightly) accelerated processing. If your relationships with ex-colleagues are that bad, then I wouldn't bother asking them for recommendations. But if it was just that you didn't work particularly closely before, rest assured that the finders fee will be enough to elicit a resounding reference.

Option two will work if you really don't want to be recommended. There are very few HR circles - most of the delays are from partners cancelling out of interviews or not getting round to signing recruitment requests. Recommendations help because it means someone within the consulting practice will be bugging the partner to get a move on. Otherwise, option 2 is a reliable route.

Option 3 doesn't strike me as worthwhile - I've been approached by recruiters with Big4 positions before, and none of them convinced me that they have any kind of unique or close relationship with these huge firms. Most of the roles they tell me about, I've already seen advertised for direct hire on this site, and they don't have any more information than is on the Big4 firms' voluminous career websites.

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#3 RE: Direct or Recruiter?
22/09/2009 08:39

Anon to Sim (#2)

Isn't option 1 a variation of option 4?

Which is as follows:

4) Phone up the HR manager and offer her £5,000 if she pulls a few strings to get you a job there asap.

I'm not suggesting you should do this, by the way. In fact, I recommend that you DON'T do it. Just to be clear.

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