TAGS: best practices, legal issues, ethics, principles, privacy
by the NACE Principles for Ethical Professional Practice Committee
Unfortunately, not all employment opportunities are legitimate; entities may pose as employers as part of a scam to elicit personal information from or otherwise defraud their victims. Career centers and students alike must be vigilant about fraudulent employers and should identify steps to take to verify the legitimacy of an employer.
Important: If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact your local police.
Here are some examples of steps career centers can use to ensure that an employer is legitimate. Ultimately, it is up to each school to determine which ones to use. (Please note: The recommendations contained herein do not constitute legal advice, and you are encouraged to speak to your legal counsel to discuss these issues more fully.)
What are some “red flags” students should be aware of and consider to avoid fraudulent employers when using online job and internship sites?
Bottom line, if you have any questions, talk to someone before pursuing any opportunity. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
Internet Crime Complaint Center
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FBI fraud alert poster
Posted August 2018.
Percent of staff time spent student-facing
Median number of students to professional staff member
Median square footage of the career center
Percent of career centers with employer partnership programs
Percent frequently discussing career readiness competencies with faculty
2018-19 Career Services Benchmark Survey