WGU Career & Professional Development
Third-Party Recruiting Guidelines
The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) 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." Third-party recruiters include, but are not limited to, employment agencies, search firms, and temporary agencies.
Third-party recruiters who are interested in posting positions on Handshake or participating in recruiting events with WGU must adhere to the following:
For Career Fair/Expo events, state in the company description that you are a third-party or temporary employment agency and indicate the client you are recruiting for at the event.
For job postings, provide the name of the client you are representing in the job description
State in the job description that any fees assessed by the agency will be paid by the client organization or the employer you are representing. WGU will not post opportunities that require WGU students or alumni to pay fees.
Any resumes collected from a job posting on Handshake will not be forwarded to another party without the student/applicant’s express written consent. Failure to comply with this is a violation of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
When requested by WGU, provide verification that there is an employer with whom you are working and a specific job to fill within 2 business days of the request.
When requested by WGU, provide information on candidate lifecycle and the contract signed by candidates working with your organization within 2 business days of the request.
Third-party recruiters who are hiring for positions within their own organization may participate in all Career and Professional Development recruiting activities.
Third-party recruiters who are hiring for positions outside their organization may post opportunities on Handshake. Career and Professional Development staff will approve all jobs prior to posting and reserve the right to request and verify the identity of clients.
Third-party recruiters hiring for positions outside their organization may be approved to participate in Career Fair/Expo events as space permits.
WGU reserves the right to limit access for organizations that charge fees to candidates, per our Employer Guidelines. Third party recruiters and temporary employment agencies will not have access to resume books.
By participating in these services, organizations agree that they will adhere to EEO standards in all recruiting activities, that no fee will be charged to any candidate at any time, and that organizations will not disclose student information under any circumstances to other entities without the student's prior written consent.
Any breach of these policies, guidelines, and/or deadlines not met will result in deactivation of third-party recruiter online account and termination of access to all recruitment services.