Spotlight Online for Career Services Professionals, April 28, 2010
College students have certain rights they can expect and responsibilities they are expected to honor to help make the job-search, recruiting, and hiring processes as seamless as possible for themselves and their fellow students, their career centers, and the employers recruiting them.
For this process to be successful, everyone involved must work together. What is the student’s part in this? According to guidelines established by NACE's Principles for Professional Practice Committee, students should:
- Provide accurate information about their academic work and records, including courses taken, grades, positions held, and duties performed.
- Be honest.
- Interview genuinely.
- Adhere to schedules.
- Don't keep employers hanging.
- Accept a job offer in good faith.
- Withdraw from recruiting when their job search is completed.
- Claim fair reimbursement.
- Obtain the career information they need to make an informed choice about their future.
For detailed explanations of each of these guidelines and information about what students should expect from career services and employers during the job-search process, see “Playing Fair...Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker,” which was developed by NACE’s Principles for Professional Practice Committee.