Long story short, a recruiter presented me with an opportunity and asked me to take a look. Later on that evening I was out with a couple buddies of mine and one of them works at this firm and knows a manager in that department. He said he'd float my resume and let me know.
The recruiter meanwhile is hounding me for my resume, should I let him know that I've gone through an employee referral instead or keep him in the dark? I'd like to let him know, but I feel my best shot is through an internal referral and don't want him ruining my chances by complaining to the firm.