1. Keep a accurate record of jobs technical recruiters have submitted your resume to.
Include information such as the company name, title of the job, description of the job, location of the job, date the technical recruiter said they were submitting your resume as well as the pay rate of the position.
2. Always make a sure a technical recruiter asks you before submitting your resume to one of their clients.
Some bad recruiters will submit your resume to a company without your knowledge and when a good recruiter calls you about the same position and submits you a double submittal occurs causing problems for you. It also important to keep a list of the companies you have applied to through technical recruiters and on your own.
3. Never knowingly let your resume be submitted by two different engineering recruiters from multiple agencies for a job at the same company. This will cause problems between yourself, the company and the two agencies that submitted your resume. It will not increase your chances of getting the job and will most likely cause you to lose out on the position entirely. Companies do not want to deal with agencies fighting over who submitted which candidate first and the legal issues that can arise because of it.
4. If asked to sign a candidate agreement ( right to represent agreement) before being submitted to a company do so.
Many times companies are using multiple technical staffing agencies and engineering recruiters. This candidate agreement will protect you from other agencies that may try and submit your resume to a company without your knowledge and will also protect the agency that is working directly with you from other agencies blindly submitting your resume without your consent or knowing your requirements for accepting positions.
5. Don’t apply for the same job through a company and a technical staffing agency.
Usually if you have applied directly to the company’s position they will not consider your resume through a third party engineering staffing agency. Avoid this and it will save your time and the technical recruiters time. The best thing to do if you see the same position posted by a company and technical staffing agency is to go through the staffing agency because they will push to get you in the door for an interview and often have direct access to the hiring manager. Many times if you just apply directly to a company it gets add to a stack of resumes and no one ever even bothers to read it.
Hopefully if you consider these points when working with recruiters minimal issues will occur.