I sent my resume to a recruitment company last week and the recruiter called me and said that at this moment they had no job vacancies related to my IT skills.
Yesterday I saw there a job ad advertised by the company related to my IT skill. I was planning to apply directly once I had some more details in my resume, but then I got called from my previous recruiter who said "if you have not applied yet for the mentioned job then I will pass your resume to higher management" and then he sent me a email saying that:
i) You have not provided your authority to any organisation other than the recruitment to be represented to the client for suitable position(s).
(ii) If you are seeking representation for a permanent vacancy, you have not been represented to the client or applied directly to this organisation within the past 6 months.
I returned mail and answered 'Yes' to both.
But I'm still confused about (i) and especially (ii)
Is it OK to apply directly with out letting the recruiter know? (the job was advertised by the company not the recruiter) What are the risks of doing so? Are there benefits to going through the external recruiter?