A recruitment consultant has contacted me to ask if I would like them to put my CV forward for a position. The job is not advertised on the company's website, so I was considering using the recruitment consultant rather than applying directly.
I am aware that once I allow the recruitment consultant to send the company my CV, I would be unable to apply for this position to the company directly, as the company would be legally obliged to go through the recruiter.
I would like to know if there is a time limit on this? If a similar position became available at the same company in say 3 months time and I were to apply directly to the company, would they be able to accept my direct application? Or would they still be legally obliged to go with the recruiter as my CV was on file from when the recruitment consultant put it forward for the previous vacancy three months earlier?
I am aware that there are similar posts on the pros and cons of dealing with a recruitment consultant, but none of these posts mention a time limit.