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Ask The Recruiter: Think you have an in for a job? Do not bypass recruiter


March 20, 2015

Question: If I have contacts at an association that's hiring, can I bypass the recruiting firm?

Julian Ha
Heidrick & Struggles

In a word, no. It would be counterproductive (and potentially fatal) to your candidacy to try to circumvent an association’s retained search partner. That recruiting firm has been retained for a reason: to filter, screen and play interference for their client. If you have a relationship with someone at the association, it will be natural to lobby that person to help you be considered for the role. That person will more than likely refer you to the search firm.