I'm in contact with a recruiter for an contract opportunity at Company A, and we have a interview with his client scheduled. This is my first time working with this recruiter, but it has been a positive experience.
Meanwhile, a different contract came up, where an employee of Company B posted in a group on Facebook that they are on the look-out for contractors, and to just PM them directly. It's a project I might be interested in, although I haven't messaged them just yet.
Shortly after, I get an email from the previous recruiter, asking if I he can submit my CV to Company B for this project.
Now, normally when I'm dealing with multiple recruiters pitching the same opportunity, I go for first-come-first-serve, but this approach doesn't work here.
Technically, I haven't been in contact with Company B yet, but it was my intention to at least PM and ask for more details. On the other hand, I don't like circumventing the recruiter, it feels like a no-no move (I would not have done it, if I had read the emails first). I'd like to of course keep good relationship with the recruiter.
What's the up- and downsides for either approach on my end?
I feel, though I might be wrong, that Company B would prefer to take a contractor that applies directly, as they then won't have to pay a cut to the recruitment agency.