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    1. Being a Successful Mentee: A Guide for Career Services and URR Professionals

      “Being a Successful Mentee,” by Diane Safer, Yeshiva College, provides guidance on how to get the most out of relationships with mentors.

    2. Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment

      The Diversity and Inclusion Self-Assessment is a tool that can be used to gauge current status and progress toward diversity and inclusion goals.

    3. URR Paid Holidays and Vacation Time

      While the average number of paid holidays for employees in URR functions is fairly consistent, the average number of vacation days ranges more widely.

    4. Employers Reveal Selection Criteria for Target Schools

      What attributes do employers find important when selecting target school? They rated majors offered and quality of programs as “extremely important.”

    5. Are You Offering the Benefits That Candidates Want?

      If your organization provides dental insurance and a company-matched 401(k) plan, it’s offering the benefits new hires are seeking most.

    6. Authentic Leadership Hinges on Listening

      Authentic leadership requires a willingness to listen, plus trust, grit, and flexibility. The outcome: greater productivity and job satisfaction among staff.

    7. Recruiting Budgets: Travel, Office Costs Net Most Funds

      In terms of URR budget allocation, the majority of funds were slotted for recruiting trips, office overhead, and internship/co-op programs.

    8. Recruiting Budgets: By Company Size, Region

      The overall average recruiting budget for a URR operation in 2016 was $562,642, an increase of nearly 6 percent over last year.

    9. NACE Position Statement: Requiring Logins, Passwords Violates NACE Principles for Professional Practice

      Employers should not require or request that students/job candidates provide login/password information to their personal social network accounts as a condition of employment or as a condition to be considered for employment. The position of the National Association of Colleges and Employers is that the practice violates ethical standards.

    10. Could Video Interviewing Transform College Recruiting?

      RMS has streamlined its recruiting process by incorporating video interviewing.

    11. Case Study: When a Student Reneges on a Job Acceptance

      A female minority student accept an offer with an employer that is considered a strong partner to the student’s university. This company is also committed to increasing the diversity of its work force and hosted recruiting events and made donations targeted to diversity student organizations. However, after she learns that the company has a poor reputation for women and Hispanics and is offered another opportunity at a higher starting salary, she tells the first company she is not interested in working for them.

    12. Case Study: When Job Acceptance Deadlines Are Short

      A candidate received an offer letter from an employer she had very recently interviewed with, but is required to inform them of her decision by the next business day. Is this request fair? Under the circumstances, the candidate s tempted to accept the offer and then research the company, even though she might later renege on the offer. What advice should career services give her?

    13. Case Study: When Faculty Refer and Rank Students for Employers

      Two years after a faculty member received a research grant from an employer, a high level executive with the company, also an alum and generous contributor, tells the faculty member the company is contemplating a fuller, ongoing relationship with the university that could lead to gifts in the millions of dollars. A few weeks later a recruiter from the company contacts the faculty member and asks her to send him the resumes of her top five students. Seniors in the department find out about this and are angry, meeting with career services to register a complaint. The director discovers the company had not listed the job with career services and has not participated in on-campus interviewing or the job fair. What are the ethical issues in this situation? What are the options for career services?

    14. Case Study: When an Employer Rescinds a Job Offer

      A company revokes an employment offer a month before the candidate was to begin work. She is told that the company’s personnel needs for the coming year were overestimated and offers to send her resume to other employers that are hiring and provide her with a good reference. Why were the hiring needs overestimated; did business conditions change unexpectedly? What criteria did the employer use to decide which offers would be rescinded?

    15. Case Study: Should Career Services Select Students for Employers?

      An employer contacted a college’s career center for assistance in filling an open position. Specifically, the employer requested the names of 10 students they would recommend for an interview. Further, the employer’s representative made it clear he would work with another school if the career center did not comply with his request. What are the ethical issues posed by this scenario? What are some practical alternatives the career services office can suggest to the employer?

    16. Case Study: Offers With Sliding or Incentivized Bonuses

      An employer sends an offer letter to students that were recently interviewed. The company is giving students two weeks to make their first decision about accepting an offer and bonus, with bonuses becoming lower and lower until the final deadline, three and one-half months in the future. Offers are contingent on passing four requirements set forth by the company and bonuses must be repaid if a student accepts, then decides not to work for the company. Does the letter reflect an equal commitment between the company and the student? Does the offer of a bonus “improperly influence” the student’s job acceptance?

    17. Case Study: Counseling a Student Who Wants to Renege on a Job Acceptance

      A candidate accepted a position with an employer when a week later a newspaper article stated that the employer would be laying off 2,000 “redundant” workers to avert impending bankruptcy . The candidate calls the firm and is assured everything is fine, however, he is quite shaken and tells his career services director he is considering reneging on his acceptance.

    18. Case Study: Advising a Student Whose Job Start Is Postponed Indefinitely

      Fifty students from a college received and accepted offers from an employer. Six months later, half of them were informed their employment would be delayed for approximately one year. The employer offered “bonuses” as compensation for the extended delayed starting dates. Many were delayed even further. One graduate contacted career services and wanted to know if she should wait any longer or commence her job search, and if she had to tell the company that she planned to look for another job opportunity.

    19. Case Study: Websites, Counselors Geared to Special Populations

      A career center brainstormed with a focus group of minority students to find ways of attracting minority students to its office and website. Some of the ideas were to develop a web page with resources, and employment and internship opportunities for students of color. Another suggestion was to hire a staff member who is either African-American or Latino to handle minority students only. What are some of the ethical issues raised by these ideas? Is the hiring suggestion appropriate?

    20. Case Study: Employer Wants Minority Students Only

      An employer requests a career services office supply it with a list of junior and senior African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and disabled students to invite to a special dinner where information about the company and available jobs will be presented. The company has been a major financial contributor to the school’s diversity retention programs, and while there is no direct pressure, career services realizes that the company’s high visibility on these issues may create subtle pressure to comply with the request. Is holding such a dinner for minority students proper?

    21. Case Study: Internships—An Employer’s Obligations to Career Services

      During a semester there were some unusual occurrences at an employer—one student quit in the middle of the semester, a second student was terminated for breaking housing rules, and a third student contracted meningitis and had to be hospitalized. The employer did not notify the career services director or the supervising faculty of these occurrences. What are the ethical obligations of an employer to the school in these circumstances?

    22. Case Study: Should Employers Serve Alcohol at a Recruiting Event?

      An employer hosts a “pre-night” event at a local restaurant the night before onsite second-round interviews. An upper-level executive tries to talk a top candidate into ordering wine and the student becomes uncomfortable. Is it ethical for an employer to have a recruiting event with alcoholic beverages? How could the executive handled the situation differently?

    23. Case Study: Indemnity and Hold Harmless Agreements for Interns

      An employer wants a prospective intern to have the university career services office sign an indemnity and hold harmless agreement or it would withdraw the internship offer. Is this ethical and how should the school handle the situation with the employer and the student?

    24. Case Study: Discussing Students by E-mail

      Several counselors have been e-mailing each other about a student who has had problems landing a job. Derogatory comments about the student’s behavior, dress, and communication abilities were made. A student intern in the office saw one of the e-mails and told the other student, who is furious and demands and explanation. The student intern also is concerned and demands to see all e-mail correspondence among the counselors that pertain to her. What ethical issues does this scenario raise? Does counselor confidentiality have any significance here? How could this situation be handled?

    25. Case Study: Confidentiality of Student Counseling

      A counselor posts an inquiry on a 1,000-person networking site asking for advice about a client. The counselor goes into great detail about the client, including sharing confidential information, work history, and disabilities. Is the level of detail in the message appropriate—has there been a breach of confidentiality on the counselor’s part? What rules or guidelines should there be for disclosure of client information on a professional networking site/listserv?

    26. Recruiter Development: Learning, Experiences, Coaching

      Learn how one firm is developing and nurturing its recruiters by offering professional development opportunities through a variety of methods and venues.

    27. Employer Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

      This Employer Nondiscrimination Policy Statement can be used by NACE members to indicate that they are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status (as defined under the Immigration Reform and Control Act), disability, or veterans status.

    28. A Position Statement on Rescinded and Deferred Employment Offers

      Rescinding a job offer or an acceptance is an unfortunate practice, and should only happen in rare instances when there are no realistic alternatives, such as when an employer is downsizing. To provide guidance in cases when an employer must rescind an offer, the NACE Principles for Professional Practice Committee offers a review of the laws regulating employment, considers relevant ethical issues, identifies the key roles of career centers and the NACE Principles, and makes recommendations for resolving individual situations fairly.

    29. Reasonable Offer Deadlines Guidelines

      Employers and career centers alike ask questions about deadlines for job offer acceptance—particularly when deadlines come very early in the recruiting season. The timing of offers and acceptances is a market-driven issue. The role of NACE is not to enforce a specific time frame, but rather to encourage practices reasonable and appropriate for both employers and students, recognizing that ultimately the employment decisions are between the student and employer.(Note: This replaces and updates the guidance offered in the "Exploding Offers" advisory opinion.)

    30. The Heart of Recruiting: A New Understanding of Motivation

      Humans have a basic need for three things: autonomy, competence, and relatedness. When these needs are fulfilled among your employees, your company will see of motivation, performance, persistence, and creativity. When any of these needs are hindered, your company will experience the opposite effect.

    31. Sample Employer Reference Letter

      A sample employer reference letter that may be printed and personalized to suit NACE member needs.

    32. User's Guide to the Principles for Professional Practice

      A guide to using the Principles for Professional Practice, NACE's ethics statement. With examples and explanations.

    33. Principles for Professional Practice

      The Principles for Professional Practice are designed to provide practitioners with three basic precepts for career planning and recruitment including maintain an open and free selection of employment and experiential learning opportunities, maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable, and support informed and responsible decision making by candidates.

    34. Building a Successful University Relations Program on a Dime

      A common mistake many companies make when building a university recruiting (UR) program is to focus on identifying core schools first. While this is a critical task, it’s not one of the first steps to tackle, especially if you need to build a university recruiting program when funds are low. Many companies have tightened their belts in recent years, so UR professionals must be creative with limited resources and human capital; it’s all about delivering more with less. As such, your first order of business should be to look inside instead of outward.

    35. Applying the Golden Rule to Recruitment Effectiveness

      What characteristics should a recruiter possess to be successful? Studies show that recruiter personableness, informativeness, and competence should be considered by the recruiting organizations that are truly interested in increasing the attraction of talent to their organizations.

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