Recently I came across a job ad publicly posted on the internet by a recruiting agency. The agency is searching an employee to be directly hired by their client company, i.e. it is not about being employed by the agency and the workforce being sold to the client. The ad did not disclose the name of the company the job was at, but out of curiosity I tried if I could find out myself and quickly I had found it since the company is located in a rather small town and is acting in quite a specialized sector.
When browsing their career pages, I found a job ad for the same position directly posted by the company. The text was basically identical with the recruiter's ad, he only had replaced all references to the company name with "My client...". However, other than the recruiter's the company's ad did not name a contact person, just their postal address and a generic firstname.lastname@example.org email address.
Now I'm a bit torn between applying through the recruiting agency vs. applying directly to the company. From my point of view, the pro's of the recruiter way is that I have a direct contact person right away (not just after first contact from HR has been made) and applications pre-selected by the recruiter might be somewhat (hopefully positively) biased since they already have seen some filtering process. On the con side, the recruiter is another hurdle which could sort me out for some reason. However, I'm not sure whether one of these points would have a much greater impact onto the overall situation which would qualify for a "You better go that way than the other!" or if there are other aspects that could be of importance that I didn't recognize.
Note: My question is somehow in the vicinity of the following two:
- Should I go through recruitment company or apply directly?
- Is it wrong to apply to a company directly when a recruiter told me about the job first
However, it differs in two major points: I don't already have any relationship with the recruiter or the company itself, especially no contract with the recruiting agency that would somehow influence that I could contact any employer without them being involved. I also don't plan on (ab)using the recruiting agency to get in touch with the company and then work around them to cut their share. I'm just interested in the aspects that could make me prefer one way of contact over the other.