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Submission + - Paying a recruitment agency to find a job?

pierreact writes: Hello,
I'm french and I'm looking for a job in uk.
Many position advertisements lead to some recruitment agency.
Unfortunately, after a month and half looking for a job in the uk market, it feels like it's pretty difficult to have them present you for a position, even if you fullfill the position. Sounds like they sometimes just don't look at your resume (I worked a lot on this resume and had it finely grained and checked out by my sister who got an HR MBA...)
Moreover, it sounds like if they present you for an opportunity and you fail at a phone interview for some reason, they won't present you anymore.
Now the fact is, like many people, I NEED a job and I really want to relocate in UK, France got all fucked up, too much taxes, people now very agressive...
I'd even give some money to be presented for jobs I know I match for.
My question is, since I'm certainly not the only one having this feeling, is it a common thing done? Do some people pay recruitment agencies to get "preference" or just to be presented on more opportunities giving the guarantee they'll give back a payment after, say 2 months or 3 months in their new job?
I'd hate to heart "yes" but I don't beleive in santa claus since so many years that it just wouldn't surprise me :P

Thanks.

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