Today, I received a mail from a recruiter about an open position at another company. 6 minutes later, and before I even read the other mail, I received another mail, from the company the recruiter mentioned, asking me to complete my profile on their website after "my" application.

Evidently, the recruiter submitted an application in my place, without my consent and even without my knowledge. I checked out the position on the company website, and it looks like a job which I wouldn't apply for myself:

  • the commute would take too long;
  • the job description mentions thing that I am not at all comfortable with, like providing support and visiting the client (I'm bad at social conduct), willingness to travel to other sites (I don't have a driver's license) and planning and analysis (as explained in earlier questions, something I struggle with).
  • the company sector (telemarketing/callcenter) is something I'm not too keen on.

I currently have 2 problems I'm faced with:

  1. What should I do with the position the recruiter applied for? Should I notify the company that the application wasn't consensual?
  2. What should I do about the recruiter? Should I cut ties with them or give them the benefit of the doubt?
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    prior to this incident what was your relationship with the recruiter? – mhoran_psprep Apr 24 '15 at 16:57
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    What do you mean by "cut ties" with the recruiter? Do you have an established relationship with them? Because that may change things. – NotMe Apr 24 '15 at 16:57
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    @mhoran_psprep I don't really have a relation with them. They called me once or twice before about another potential opportunity. Neither time was fruitful. With cut ties, I mean "remove me from your databank and don't contact me again". – Nzall Apr 24 '15 at 17:04
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    I strongly recommend cutting ties. If they didn't worry about your consent or how good of a fit you were that shows a strong lack of respect. – Myles Apr 24 '15 at 18:52
  • Did the recruiter have a copy of your CV? – paj28 Apr 24 '15 at 19:15

Neither of these are your problem. You can ignore both the recruiter (who clearly doesn't care much about individuals) and the company (who seemingly just received your details in an automated system, and your application will never be progressed, so you're highly unlikely to come to the attention of any real person who will remember you).

But depending on your appetite for crusading you may choose to take a bit of time to right some wrongs.

  1. You may choose to tell the company that the recruiter submitted your details without your consent, which is unethical, and if they care about that then they should probably stop using that recruiter. Someone at the company might do something about that. If you do this politely there will be no negative consequences for yourself.

  2. You may choose to tell the recruiter they have behaved unethically. Personally, I doubt this will have much impact, but perhaps a steady drip-drip of such complaints may get through their armour one day in the future. And it might make you feel better to have stood up to inappropriate behaviour. As before, being polite is important - in this case to ensure your stance is unimpeachable.

  • it could become your problem... I've several times been invited for job interviews only to be asked why I had several recruiters send in my resume to the company. In all such cases I had no knowledge of all but one of the recruiters, didn't even know the others existed. Usually it's only one, but in one case they'd got my resume from 6 recruiters without my knowledge in between me accepting the invitation and the actual interview a few days later. – jwenting Oct 11 '15 at 4:21
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    You may choose to tell the recruiter they have behaved unethically. - In my experience, that is the equivalent of telling an ocean that it's wet. – Wesley Long Oct 12 '15 at 16:00

Simply reply that you have no current relationship with this recruiter. Explaining why they suggested you anyway is their problem.


Stop any cooperation with the recruiter starting right now. If you don't sign the online application, the application process stalls. Delete your profile from the company's website and while you are on the company website, delete any information about you from the company website.

The worst that happens is that the recruiter screams like a banshee. That's OK with you as long as his cries fall on your deaf ears :) Eventually, the recruiter will get it and annoy someone else, unless the recruiter is terminally clueless.


Dealing with recruiters is very cumbersome! 99% of them only care about money they make from you. You mention the recruiter applied without even consulting with you. This is highly unprofessional. Each company that I have ever applied to through a recruiter has been only with my consent. This is very important. You should cut-off ties with this recruiter and notify the company that the application was started without your consent/notification so that the company is also aware of such activities by this recruiter.

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