In the past I came across such an agency in USA that was formed by a group of consultants for the benefits of the consultants (kind of like IT co-op) and was highly ethical and professional but its name slipped out of my mind. This agency had a system that provided higher rates to IT professionals because their markup was very low and all the savings were passed on to the IT professionals.
Most IT recruiting agencies out there attempt to extort the maximum amount of money from the client and the consultants and they do not tell the consultant how much they charge the client (wikileaks help needed here), nor they tell the client how much they are paying the consultant. In fact some even make you sign agreements not to tell this information. I consider this unethical.
I am in search of agency that is highly ethical in your experience primarily in US market or Western European markets. I would appreciate to let me know.
When I was out of work about 5 years ago, I interviewed with several recruiting firms. One of them, in their opening pitch to me, spoke about how they PRIDE themselves on being highly ethical, and how that is what makes them DIFFERENT from everyone else.
Then we got to talking about specific positions. They had one they thought I might be a good fit. The position ideally wanted someone who was or had and Electrical Engineering degree who then moved into programming. I did NOT have that..but my father was an EE professor at Washington University in St. Louis for 30+ years. They (I swear I am not making this up) said they were trying to figure out how to get my FATHER'S position on my resume so that their automated resume screener would see "Electrical Engineering" and pass it through to the next level. They said all this with a straight face not 15 minutes after telling me how 'ethical' they are.
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I can tell you from 20+ years working with Recruiting agencies, and no I am not one, that there are some out there with honest values and straightforward answers. Remember for most they want you to refer a friend or come back to their firm when and if you have another need. Their reputation should stand for itself and if it does not move on.
My company is a “co-op” of recruiting agencies; NPA is a worldwide affiliation of more than 350 recruiting firms with sound, high quality business practices and who adhere to strict ethical standards. Participation in this prestigious private network of professional recruiting firms allows our members/recruiters to broaden the scope of our search by confidentially sharing your information with other NPA members. Not every agency that applies is accepted and those that are must follow the “rules” of the network!! I know there are some recruiting agencies out there with all the wrong answers but trust me there are some that I would consider very above board and willing to help.
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