In Dutch, there's a specific phrase / idiom you can use when posting a job opening to indicate that it's not appreciated if recruitment agencies offer to find a candidate for you ("Acquisitie naar aanleiding van deze vacature wordt niet op prijs gesteld."); i.e. you only want direct applications.

Is there a similar phrase or idiom for this in English? The automated, literal translation doesn't seem quite right, nor can I think of- or find a phrase for this.

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    'Only direct applicants need apply'? Just a suggestion, not a set phrase/idiom.
    – Tushar Raj
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 13:52
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    Sometimes you'll see "Principals only. No recruiters please."
    – TimR
    Commented Jul 7, 2015 at 14:01
  • @TimRomano I ended up using your suggestion. Care to write it up as an answer so I can accept it?
    – Jeroen
    Commented Mar 18, 2016 at 22:12

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The common wording in the UK is "No Agencies [please][!]". Options supplied there depending on how polite you want your requirement to appear.


I've used the phrase suggested by @TimRomano in a comment (emphasis mine):

Sometimes you'll see "Principals only. No recruiters please." – Tim Romano Jul 7 '15 at 14:01

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