Refer to the Student Guide below for more information on working
with employment firms and third party recruiters.
The Career Resource Center does not endorse or recommend.
As you conduct your job search you will find that some employers hire third-party organizations to assist them in identifying and hiring college students. An employer can hire a third-party organization to do on-campus recruiting, represent the company at a job fair, screen job candidates who apply through an Internet web site, or other hiring activities. Many college career centers allow third-party recruiters to work with students through their offices. Some have special policies that apply to how, when, and where third-party recruiters can work with students.
The Career Resource Center at the University at Buffalo School of Management recommends that you be aware of issues that are pertinent to working with these organizations. Typically, we allow third-party recruiters to post positions on our site if they disclose to the career center staff the organization(s) for which they are conducting searches. We also allow them to participate in our recruiting events. In some cases, the only way into a particular company is through their recruiting agency and we would not want our students to miss out on those opportunities.
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines third-party recruiters as "agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs." Categories of third-party recruiters include:
A third-party recruiter may be helpful to you in your job search, but be a wise consumer. Read all materials carefully. Ask questions. Ask your career services office staff for information. Ask a lawyer to read any contracts you are asked to sign. Here are some general questions you may want to ask:
Therefore, we recommend using third-party recruiters, but ask questions, and remember that the ownership for your job search is still very much in YOUR hands. Use the services of the agencies in addition to your other job search methods; this is not meant to replace your other efforts.
Source: Adapted from the National Association of Colleges and Employers, 1999