Here is a Human Resources Manager and two recruiters discussing fee agreements.
Scott: I've engaged recruiters in the past couple of years who didn't require a signed agreement.
I've paid on time of course, but each time it has reminded me of the times I've been on the other side of the desk and required signed fee agreements.
Those agreements were gold when clients tried to stiff me and I used them as backstops to my threats to take legal action to collect.
My point is that for whatever reason, even in 2015, there are recruiters who don't require signed fee agreements and I want to reach out to them and tell them to avoid the heartbreak and require one.
If a client won't sign it, you don't need them as a client.
Tonya: If you're a recruiter who is recruiting without an agreement in place, you're pretty naive and probably haven't had it burn you yet. Just wait. It will happen.
I never even post a job posting or start talking to candidates about a new job order I've received until the client sends me the signed contract.
It shows a degree of commitment on their part that they're actually ready to hire someone you send them.
I've also gone in the past year from just taking a candidate at their word that I can submit them to only submitting them with a right-to-represent in place for the position we have discussed with a date on it.
This is partially due to candidates thinking they can double their odds by submitting their own resume straight to the client's website immediately after we've discussed the job as well as having other recruiters try to submit them to the same job.