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March 6th, 2015

Once you are placed in your now role, it is common practice for the recruitment consultant to call you and check in every now and then (usually up to a period of 3 months)

There are two main reasons for this.

Firstly, they will want to know how you are getting on to make sure you are happy. You would have built up a good relationship with them and so they would like to know all is going well. If there are any problems, you can obviously talk to them to see if these issues can be sorted and sometimes (within the first 3 months) you may feel more comfortable speaking to them.

This leads onto the 2nd reason. And that is their fee and rebate periods. Most companies offer some kind of rebate period, whereby, if you leave within a set time of starting (usually 3 months), then the client is offered some kind of refund. This could be the whole fee or part of the fee. For that reason, the consultant will want to stay in control of things and make sure that if you are planning to leave, they know about it.

If you��re dead set on going, fine. There is nothing nobody can do. The consultant may be able to find you another job, in which case, they will ask you to send them some kind of formal notification that you would like them to start looking for you. This way, if the client finds out that the consultant placed you again, the consultant is covered for them getting upset with them and thinking that they ‘poached’ you. By you informing the consultant, they can also do some work (behind the scenes) to see if they can find a replacement for you, so that when you do hand in your notice, the client has a shortlist of people ready to interview. This was everybody wins; the client gets a replacement (usually at a discount, or free), you get a new job, and the consultant doesn’t lose a fee.

The point here, as in a previous blog, is that any concerns you have, are addressed before you do anything. You may just need to have a chat with your new manager if you are not happy. At the end of the day, there is a reason they appointed you, and there is a reason why you accepted.

I am a firm believer of talking things through before any decisions are made. That way, you can lay your cards on the table and try to address any concerns head on.

It is the first question I ask any candidate who registers with me. ‘What are your reasons for leaving?’ and ‘Have you spoken to your boss about them?’