Career Services Center Employer Policies

Promoting/Posting Opportunities

The best way to get opportunities out to our students and alumni is through our online job board in Handshake.

Employers can create an account and post openings directly to our students and alumni through this system at

This will also allow employers to access resumes from those who have posted it for employers to view. Employers can view them based on major, class level, and graduation date and it gives them an additional way to directly sort, select, and message candidates and encourage them to apply.

Please note that for security reasons and to avoid making assumptions about what the employer’s intentions are on job description screening items, we no longer send out stand-alone job postings or post it into our online job system on the behalf of employers.

Third Party Recruiter Policy

The mission of the The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Career Development Office is to link Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences students who seek pre- and post-graduate career opportunities with employers who wish to hire them. The office does not provide resumes, access to student registration information, and access to our web job listing service to third parties; nor are third parties permitted to schedule interviews on campus.

Assistance Provided to Third Parties

Third parties (see definitions, below) which do not charge a fee to the candidate may fax or e-mail job opening information if accompanied by information describing the organization and its fee structure. This information will be posted online and made available to students who may be interested in pursuing such opportunities.


Exceptions to the above policy may be made in the following cases:

  1. Organizations which provide specialized job search assistance (such as specialized services for disabled candidates, international opportunities, or other specialized hiring).
  2. Third parties which are the exclusive hiring agency for a particular organization which have provided written documentation of this arrangement, or the employer has initiated a request that the CFAES Career Development Office work with the third party for college recruiting.
  3. Links may be provided to resume referral websites run by professional organizations which have student chapters at Ohio State and other special-purpose sites.

The CFAES Career Development Office director will gladly review additional written requests for exceptions.


The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE), the national professional association for college career services offices and employers, defines third party recruiters as follows: "Third-party recruiters are agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment."

The above definition includes, but is not limited to, the following entities regardless of the fee structure used by the entity to charge for services.

  1. Employment agencies—organizations that list positions for a number of client organizations and receive payment when a referred candidate is hired. The fee for listing a position is paid either by the firm listing the opening (fee paid) or by the candidate who is hired.
  2. Search firms—organizations that contract with clients to find and screen qualified persons to fill specific positions. The fees for this service are paid by the clients.
  3. Contract recruiters—organizations that contract with an employer to act as the employer's agent in the recruiting and employment function.
  4. Resume referral firms—organizations that collect data on job seekers that is marketed to prospective employers. Fees may be paid by the employer, the job seeker, or both.
  5. Commercial resume collection/job listing websites—it is not compatible with the mission of CFAES-CSC to provide links to businesses which collect candidate resumes for the purpose of marketing those to employers.

Temporary Agencies

Temporary agencies which contract with employers to provide individuals qualified to perform specific tasks or complete specific projects for a client organization are considered to be employers, not third-party recruiters. These individuals perform work at the client organization, but are employed and paid by the agency. Temporary agencies will be expected to abide by the professional conduct principles set forth by NACE for employer professionals.

If you have any questions about this policy, contact Adam Cahill at or 614-292-1589.