Yesterday I received two independent calls from recruitment agencies that both included mention of the same position at a company.
This not only raises the question which recruitment agency I should choose to represent me, but also if I should choose any recruitment agency at all.
The job is listed in various public places and I could apply directly.
I have seen in my browser's search history that I have already looked at this job in the past prior to the calls, and googled the employer's name, but did not apply yet.
To my knowledge the recruitment agency is not going to do much more than forward my resume to the company and contact them to consider my application. They may do some other organizational things in my place that I could otherwise do myself. In exchange for that the agency will get about 20% of my salary if I get hired (depending on agency). The interviewing is still going to take place at the actual company.
The recruiter(s) want me to grant them the exclusive right to represent me, thereby barring my own ability to apply.
From the employer's perspective, the agency fees are additional costs to my salary, which will weaken my position among equal candidates - unless I am willing to ask for less. I am wondering what benefits there are that are worth effectively sacrificing a percentage of my yearly salary, and how viable the option of a direct application is after being contacted by a recruiter for a position.