Forget That Fee If You Sent Contact Info

Editor’s note: Jeff Allen has heard every employer excuse that you can imagine for not paying up — and dozens more that defy imagination. A few years ago he began documenting them in a weekly collections column. Because of the importance of collections, Fordyce will periodically reprise the most common situations he addressed. The complete collection is here.

What Client Says:

There was prior contact with the candidate.

How Client Pays:

“Exclusive” contingency-fee job orders don’t exist. But even assuming you think you’ve got one, it doesn’t exclude direct contact with the candidate. So you’re truly trusting when you:

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  1.  Send an “open” resume with candidate contact information.
  2.  Tell (don’t write) a client candidate contact information.
  3.  Tell (don’t write) a candidate client contact information.

Contact information. Your stock in trade. Once you’ve given it away, you’re out. Just how far out depends on things like integrity, fairness and honesty.

Those things are in short supply in a feefight.

So avoid the three “don’ts” and you’ll do what you do. The deed will be done. The dues will be due.

More than thirty-five years ago, Jeffrey G. Allen, J.D., C.P.C. turned a decade of recruiting and human resources management into the legal specialty of placement law. Since 1975, Jeff has collected more placement fees, litigated more trade secrets cases, and assisted more placement practitioners than anyone else. From individuals to multinational corporations in every phase of staffing, his name is synonymous with competent legal representation. Jeff holds four certifications in placement and is the author of 24 popular books in the career field, including bestsellers How to Turn an Interview into a Job, The Complete Q&A Job Interview Book and the revolutionary Instant Interviews. As the world?s leading placement lawyer, Jeff?s experience includes: Thirty-five years of law practice specializing in representation of staffing businesses and practitioners; Author of ?The Allen Law?--the only placement information trade secrets law in the United States; Expert witness on employment and placement matters; Recruiter and staffing service office manager; Human resources manager for major employers; Certified Personnel Consultant, Certified Placement Counselor, Certified Employment Specialist and Certified Search Specialist designations; Cofounder of the national Certified Search Specialist program; Special Advisor to the American Employment Association; General Counsel to the California Association of Personnel Consultants (honorary lifetime membership conferred); Founder and Director of the National Placement Law Center; Recipient of the Staffing Industry Lifetime Achievement Award; Advisor to national, regional and state trade associations on legal, ethics and legislative matters; Author of The Placement Strategy Handbook, Placement Management, The National Placement Law Center Fee Collection Guide and The Best of Jeff Allen, published by Search Research Institute exclusively for the staffing industry; and Producer of the EMPLAW Audio Series on employment law matters. Email him at


1 Comment on “Forget That Fee If You Sent Contact Info

  1. In IT consulting recruiters always ask for contact info before submitting the resume of a candidate to the next level. So how can my company protect its interests and make the deal at the same time?

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