HOW A RECRUITING AGENCY WORKS
A Recruiter is like a match-maker between a Freelancer/Contractor and a Creative Agency. When an agency needs an extra pair of hands for a pitch or client presentation, they send a request out to one (or many) of the recruiting agencies they work with. The recruiter will then select a few freelancers from their database who are available and fit the job description and day rate. As a freelancer you will always need to give permission before the recruiter can send over your portfolio to their client. When an match is made and the booking is confirmed, the recruiting agency will handle the contract, timesheets and payments. Within just a few hours you can be secured with a job for the following week. At the end of every week, you send the Recruiting Agency a timesheet with your invoice and most of them pay you within 7 days. The Recruiter invoices the Creative Agency and charge their own fee on top.
PROS AND CONS
- Lower day rate, as the recruiter will add their own fee on top of yours.
- Not allowed to work directly with a client within 6 (sometimes 12) months of them introducing you.
- Recruiters get paid when you work, so they can sometimes be a bit overeager.
- If you have Freelancer in your LinkedIn description, you will get bombarded with invites from recruiters. Be selective.
- Communicate exactly what work you want to do, or they might book you for the wrong job. (No pwp!)
- You need to keep track of which recruiter introduced you to which agency, to prevent being put forward for the same job.
- Acces to the biggest creative agencies via their network. This will help build yours. LinkedIn is your friend!
- These big agencies trust them to only send over their best talent for the job. So you have a higher change to get in.
- Most of them pay you within a week, even if the client takes forever to pay them.
- Recruiters get paid when you work, so they are eager to get you on a job.
- They will negotiate your day rate and overtime fees, so you don't have to deal this.
- You can work whenever you want, for as long as you want. Just let them know and they will contact you with the right jobs.
- You can have multiple recruiters working for you, talking to multiple agencies at the same time. You the boss!