Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Frequently-Asked Questions About Referral Relationships

In my new special report, "Developing Strategic Alliances and Partnerships with Recruiters," I address some frequently-asked questions about developing and structuring referral relationships.

Here are some of those questions:

Question: Why would a recruiting firm contract with me instead of hiring a resume writer to join their staff?
Answer: The major advantage to the recruiting firm is that they do not increase their fixed costs when they contract with you instead of hiring an employee. They collect a commission for referrals they send your way, but don't have to pay a (fixed) salary for what may be an uneven workload.

Question: How should I handle 'internal' client projects for the recruiting firm?
Answer: There may be situations where the recruiting firm contracts with you directly to write a resume for a key client (instead of the client paying you).

In these situations, you can charge the recruiting firm your fee, less the referral commission (i.e., they would pay 60-85 percent of your normal rates for these projects), paid directly to you at a specified time (i.e., once a month). I suggest invoicing the recruiting firm for these projects and handling payment separately, rather than deducting payment from commissions you owe them.

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