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Staffing Agencies and Third-Party Recruiters

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Student’s Guide to Working with Staffing Agencies and other Third-Party Recruiters.”

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.” There are several different categories of third-party recruiters, including employment/ staffing agencies, contract recruiters, and resume referral firms. Ohio State career services offices work with third-party recruiters but require that these firms adhere to our policies before posting positions.

Employment/Staffing Agencies

Employment agencies list positions for a number of organizations and receive payment from the hiring organization when a referred candidate is hired. They often do not have an exclusive contract to place an individual in a role with a client organization. Campus and online job boards may include job postings from employment agencies or staffing firms, along with postings directly from … 

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Considering Contract Work?

Adapted from a National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) resource titled “Considering an Opportunity to Work as an Independent Contractor?”

For many individuals, self-employment as an independent contractor can be a rewarding and satisfying career option. As is true with any employment relationship you enter, it is important to understand the roles and responsibilities of everyone involved.

What would my employment status be as an independent contractor?

Independent contractors are self-employed and enter into a contracted agreement to provide services to a client in exchange for an agreed upon fee (lump sum, hourly, weekly, monthly, piecemeal, per assignment, and so forth.). Independent contractors are not placed on an employer’s payroll; instead, the independent contractor typically invoices the client for work performed, and the client pays the independent contractor directly. The client does not withhold federal, state, and local taxes from the payment, and the independent contractor is responsible … 

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Crash Course in Career Fair Networking

Hundreds of employers trying to sort through thousands of students with everyone looking for the perfect pairing. How are you supposed to stand out as a top candidate? Below are ten tips to standing out at the career fair. Five focus on body language and are written by Mary-Kate Wintz, a Process Development Engineer at The Lubrizol Corporation, while the other five highlight the impact of preparation and follow-up.

Body Language

  1. Start with good posture. Use power posing before the fair begins to get your confidence set and to practice the posture that you want recruiters to see you using. During the fair, standing with your knees ever so slightly bent to reduce the risk of passing out will allow you to continue to…
  2. Breathe! Take a deep breath both prior to and within your conversation with a recruiter to not only calm your nerves, but naturally open your chest and … 
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6 Signs of Employment Phishing Scams

Chances are you have received a phishing email before. These emails are typically trying to get your private information through the internet. Oftentimes students are targets for theses scams and they might come in the form of a false internship or job opportunity. Here are some ways to recognize a Phishing Scam.

1. Generic sender.

Many times, phishing scams will say they are a real company to get our attention. For students common examples are emails saying they are from a company about a job, problems with student loans, or new/free services. By having companies attached with the email, more people are likely to click on the links. Before you click any link, check the sender! If the person says they are from a company, then they should not be sending from a generic email account.

2. Requests for private information.

A company should never ask for sensitive information over an email. This … 

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Have You Seen ECS' New Resources?

Buckeye football kicked off this past weekend, so it’s officially fall at Ohio State! As you get acclimated to your new class schedule and life on campus, don’t forget to carve out time for the busy fall recruitment season! Here are a few (NEW) resources to review as you prepare for the internship/co-op or job search:

Check out the ECS 101 Video to learn how ECS can help you! Find out best practices that can increase your chances in securing interviews and offers.

Log in, complete your profile, and upload your resume to Handshake. Handshake is your go-to resource for all things career! If you haven’t logged in yet, what are you waiting for? Get a jumpstart on your search now by clicking HERE. By doing so, you will have access to:

  • 6,000+ postings
  • 125+ on-campus interview schedules
  • 160+ events (workshops, company information sessions, career fairs, meet and greets, etc … 
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