Policies & Guidelines
Service Eligibility Grid
Below and linked here is the updated service eligibility grid to help clarify who has access to the variety of services and resources offered by the Office of Career Exploration and Success. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about accessing a particular resource or service.
Event No-Show and Cancellation
NO-SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY: Participants in On-Campus Interviews, CES programs, employer information sessions, and advising appointments are considered "no-shows" when they fail to cancel their registrations through Rutgers Handshake with sufficient notice (one business day). Failure to attend programs, interviews, or appointments for which students have registered results in Handshake privilege termination, including on-campus interviews and job postings access. In cases of inclement weather, please check www.rutgers.edu to determine the University's operating status. We will follow all closings and delays. Participants who “no-show” more than one-time risk losing their Handshake privileges for up to 365 days (1st occurrence = homework assignment; 2nd occurrence = homework assignment; 3rd occurrence = 7-day block; 4th occurrence = 14-day block; and in 7-day increases for every occurrence afterward).
WHY HAVE A NO-SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY: When participants fail to appear at programs, interviews, or appointments that require pre-registration, it is unfair to potential participants who wanted to attend but could not due to a waitlist. Also, for some programs, we have guests who participate, and they are giving their time to assist Rutgers students and alumni. Having no-shows for programs, interviews, or appointments not only reflects negatively on you but Rutgers University as a whole. Moreover, such lapses of etiquette are not acceptable in professional and civic settings.
On-Campus Interviewing & Resume Submissions
Interviewing Code of Ethics: As a participant in the Rutgers On-Campus Interviewing Program (Rutgers Handshake), you must adhere to the ethical standards established by the Office of Career Exploration and Success. Failure to conduct your recruiting activities according to these standards jeopardizes your own job search, as well as those of your peers, and the broader relationship between Rutgers University and affected employers.
Resume Submission Policy: Only submit resumes to those employers in which you have a sincere interest and with which you plan to interview if selected.
Candidate Selection and Interview Scheduling Policy: If an employer selects you for an interview, you are expected to accept, schedule, prepare and be present for the interview.
Misrepresentation Policy: Your student profile and resume will be periodically checked against the registrar’s records, e.g. GPA, work authorization, and graduation date. If you misrepresent yourself, your privileges on the Handshake will be rescinded and you will be subject to Rutgers University disciplinary action. Also, please note that you are not permitted to share your Handshake password. Access to Handshake is not transferable.
Offer Acceptance Guidelines
In accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines, our goal is not to dictate a specific time frame but to encourage practices that create a transparent and equitable process for students and employers. Effective communication is essential to align with NACE Principles for Ethical Professional Practice, which seeks to “maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable and that supports informed and responsible decision-making by candidates.”
According to NACE, it is recommended that employers allow students to participate in recruiting activities such as information sessions, career fairs, and on-campus interviews to enable suitable long-term employment choices and reduce the likelihood of reneging on job offers. In keeping with this practice, we recommend employers establish and incorporate offer extension protocols where students are free from undue pressure, and requests for extensions are honored within reason. As a guide, once a written employment offer is received, a minimum of two weeks should be allowed for you to make an informed decision. If you require an extension beyond these deadlines, you should ask the employer directly. Depending upon individual circumstances, some employers will extend their deadlines, while others may not. If you need guidance with regard to evaluating job offers, we strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Exploration and Success.
If you RECEIVE an offer, you may continue to interview with other employers. However, be certain that you respond to the offering employer prior to their deadline. Once you have verbally ACCEPTED an offer for a full-time position, internship or co-op, requests that the offer be made in writing. It is ethically wrong, and strongly discouraged, to continue to interview, send letters of application and conduct other job search activities for opportunities with similar or competing start dates as the accepted offer. Your acceptance is a formal commitment to the employer that should be honored. Reneging on an offer (accepting an offer then withdrawing that acceptance) not only damages your personal credibility and professional reputation but also reflects badly on Rutgers University. In addition, the employer may decide to discontinue recruiting at Rutgers, thus jeopardizing opportunities for future candidates. If you renege on a written offer, your on-campus recruiting and job listing rights may be permanently revoked.
You may contact Career Exploration and Success at email@example.com with questions.
Employment Services Disclaimer
Rutgers University-New Brunswick employment services are provided free of charge to employers and to RU students seeking employment. All hiring and compensation for work performed by student employees are handled directly between the student and the employer. Career Exploration and Success does not perform background checks on students applying for jobs, nor on employers posting job opportunities. Employers and students are encouraged to request reference information from each other as needed to establish qualifications/credentials and determine the overall fit between the employer and the student applicant.
All job and internship listings are posted at the discretion of Career Exploration and Success and we reserve the right to edit or refuse your job announcement for any reason. We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, disabled or veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender. We will not post jobs that require the purchase of a product(s) or a financial investment to be employed. All posted non-commission positions are required to have an hourly wage or posted salary equal to or greater than the federal minimum wage.
Career Exploration and Success provides a referral service and makes no particular recommendations regarding employers or applicants. It is our goal to provide accurate posting information on our website; however, we make no representations or guarantees about positions posted by this office. We are not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment. Therefore, you are urged to perform due diligence when offering, applying for or accepting private off-campus employment, as you are doing so at your own risk.
Use of this job posting website is entirely at the risk of the users and the University expressly disclaims any and all liability with regards to usage of this site. In addition, Career Exploration and Success is not responsible for the content made available through the web links to other websites. The opinions and views associated with the websites are not necessarily those of Career Exploration and Success.
Both students and employers are encouraged to provide feedback to our office regarding their employment experience through the use of our service. For additional information regarding our services, contact Career Exploration and Success via phone at 848-445-7287 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alumni Career Assistance Appointments
You became Scarlet Forever as a member of the Rutgers University Alumni Association (RUAA) the moment you graduated, and the RUAA and the Office of Career Exploration and Success are proud to assist you with your career management needs! Rutgers University is unique when compared to other institutions as it ensures that ALL alumni are eligible to receive some form of career services.
- In order to ensure that all interested alumni can receive appropriate career-related assistance, Advanced Alumni (1+ years since graduation) are eligible to receive a maximum of (2) career advising appointments per calender year. If you reach the (2) appointment limit, then a recommendation may be made by your advisor for a referral to external career management-related resources.
- Referral resources have been carefully selected and arranged with service providers dedicated to delivering high-quality, meaningful assistance specifically to Rutgers alumni. As an added alumni benefit, this often includes a pre-negotiated, specially discounted rate for services requiring payment.
- Rutgers–New Brunswick alumni can access both in-person and virtual career advising appointments (online video chat or by phone).
Fees for Advising Services: There is a service charge for Advanced Alumni (1+ years since graduation) advising appointments as indicated below. In order to provide “world-class” career services to all alumni, we strive to ensure that these fees are as affordable as possible and well below the industry average of $250+ for individual career coaching sessions in the NYC-Metro area. The fees for Rutgers career advising services are:
- 0-1 year since graduation = free
- 1-3 years since graduation = $50 per appointment
- 3+ year since graduation = $75 per appointment
Request an appointment online via your Rutgers Handshake account.
Rationale for Employer Policies
By acting in accordance with these policies and guidelines, individuals and organizations can help the Office of Career Exploration and Success (CES), the Career Development Center (CDC), and RBS Office of Career Management (OCM) maintain a professional, fair and successful recruiting environment for all parties concerned. Your use of both our services and the Handshake platform constitutes your binding agreement to the following policies.
NOTE: These principles are not all-inclusive; they are intended to serve as a framework within which the career planning, placement, and recruitment processes should function, and as a foundation upon which professionalism can be promoted.
CES, CDC, and OCM at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark and New Brunswick, maximize employment and internship opportunities for its students by offering a range of services to facilitate recruitment of prospective candidates. CES, CDC, and OCM requires that any recruiting organization or individual utilizing services, must abide by all applicable federal, state, and local employment laws, including Equal Employment Opportunity laws, Rutgers University rules and regulations, and the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Ethical Professional Practice. You may refer to a detailed list of resources outlining these laws, rules, regulations, and standards at the conclusion of this document.
The Handshake system (for CES and CDC) and the Symplicity system (for OCM) are the web-based portals for publicizing all bona fide full-time, part-time, seasonal, and short-term positions as well as other recruiting activities for small and large businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, on-campus employers, households, and individuals. All recruiting organizations or individuals are expected to accurately describe their organizations, positions and position requirements when posting their information on Handshake/Symplicity or when representing their firms and opportunities at any campus recruiting events. Companies and/or job postings requiring donations, application and/or background check fees, fundraising, investments, payment for training, or payment to participate, or offering items or services for sale, will not be provided recruitment services.
We reserve the right to refuse service to employers at the discretion of the CES, CDC, and/or OCM staff due to any objectionable activities, including, but not limited to:
- requiring personal information at the time of application, such as bank and social security numbers
- misrepresentation, whether defined by dishonest information or absence of information;
- harassment of students, alumni, or staff
- breach of confidentiality as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
- failure to adhere to CES, CDC, and/or OCM employer guidelines
- any violation of Rutgers University rules and regulations
- any violation of local, state, or federal laws
Interviewing Program for Employers
The Interviewing Program (IP) at Rutgers University-New Brunswick allows you to recruit high caliber students from a variety of disciplines. Interviews for full-time hires, interns, and co-ops take place for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring.
Utilizing Rutgers Handshake, our program is a pre-select system, so you only choose those candidates whom you want to interview. The process typically takes four weeks to complete from the initiation of your position posting to the interview day. We can accommodate those employers who are trying to fill an opening quickly by modifying our standard timeframe and offering customized solutions to your recruiting needs.
To get started, simply go to Rutgers Handshake to request a recruiting date. Then follow the step-by-step process discussed below.
Interviewing Program 101:
- Scheduling an Interview Date
- Interview Schedule Options
- Job Descriptions
- Citizenship Requirements
- Increasing Visibility of Your Interview Date
- The Interview Day
- Testing Options
- Offer Acceptance/Extension Guidelines
You will need approximately four weeks to complete this process. All steps between the initial request and the interviews are handled electronically.
- Go to Rutgers Handshake to arrange an interviewing date. All recruiting dates must be scheduled through the Rutgers Handshake system.
- Career Exploration and Success sends an email confirmation of your recruiting date.
- Complete the job description. Your job description must be attached to your interview date so those students can view it and submit their resumes.
- Students submit their resumes prior to the resume submission deadline.
- Review students' resumes, which are available to you online.
- Select the students whom you would like to interview along with alternates.
- Selected students sign up for their interviews one-week prior to your interviewing date.
- Interview students.
Interviews are typically conducted in half-hour sessions, starting at 9:00 a.m., which allows our employers to interview a maximum of 12 students. Other options, including 45 and 60 minute interview times and varied start and end times, are available and can be arranged as needed.
Pre-selected interview dates cannot be honored unless all job descriptions are received and candidates are selected by the stated deadlines. If you miss these deadlines, you may need to change your recruiting date.
Students are made aware of your organization, positions, and interview date through your job descriptions. It is critical that descriptions are informative but succinct. Students want to know what they will be doing, what technology will be available, and what skills are required for each position.
In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), interviews will be made available to interested students authorized to work full-time in the United States regardless of their citizenship status, unless U.S. citizenship is legally required. If citizenship is legally required for your company, please indicate this under job requirements on your Handshake job description.
- Using the virtual format of your choice, please ensure all candidates receive necessary links or log in credential prior to the interview day
- Meeting Students & Staying on Schedule: Interviews typically begin at 9:00 AM. Please make every effort to stay on schedule. Keep in mind that students have classes and work commitments and may not be able to stay beyond the interview time period. Interviews customarily end by 4:00 PM.
- Resumes: Students submit resumes through Handshake while applying for positions. These can be downloaded and shared with your interviewers prior to the scheduled date. Please request any updates in advance from students.
- In-Person interviews: Arrival: Plan to arrive by 8:30 AM. (Prior to the interview day an email will be sent to your Recruiting Coordinator at your organization, with logistic info on parking and directions) All interviews are conducted in the Career Exploration and Success Office, located in the Busch Student Center (604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854). Upon arrival, you will be greeted and briefed by a Career Services staff member and escorted to your interview room. Business Cards: Please be sure to bring a supply of business cards for the interview day.
Career Exploration & Success’ interview facilities should be used by employers primarily for the purpose of interviewing students from Rutgers University. If space is available, we will schedule a room at the Interview Center for employment-related testing. There may be a fee if a room rental is necessary.
All employers administering pre-employment tests during a recruiting visit must complete a document specifying the test(s) to be administered and releasing Rutgers University's Office of Career Exploration and Success Services of any liability associated with pre-employment testing.
Please, direct questions regarding this policy to our employer services team at 848-445-7287, or email@example.com.
Offer Acceptance/Extension Guidelines
Career Exploration & Success discourages the acceptance of multiple offers by our students. This includes accepting an offer from an organization and later reneging or declining the offer. See Job Offers Policy.
We also stress the importance of employers abiding by offer extension guidelines highlighted by the National Association of Colleges & Employers (NACE). Read the full guidelines here.
Accounting recruiters should abide by the Account Recruiting Program Guidelines agreed upon by the major schools/universities in New Jersey.
Employers recruiting interns must abide by all policies including the criteria set forth by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). To ensure that an experience—whether it is a traditional internship or one conducted remotely or virtually—is educational, and thus eligible to be considered a legitimate internship by the NACE definition, all the following criteria must be met:
- The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying the knowledge gained in the classroom. It must not be simply to advance the operations of the employer or be the work that a regular employee would routinely perform.
- The skills or knowledge learned must be transferable to other employment settings.
- The experience has a defined beginning and end, and a job description with desired qualifications.
- There are clearly defined learning objectives/goals related to the professional goals of the student’s academic coursework.
- There is supervision by a professional with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of the experience.
- There is routine feedback by the experienced supervisor.
- There are resources, equipment, and facilities provided by the host employer that support learning objectives/goals.
Also note that for any internship considered for credit bearing purposes at Rutgers University, it is the student’s responsibility to have the internship duties, learning outcomes, or goals vetted by their respective academic department. Students will need to check with CES, CDC, or OCM regarding any unpaid or stipend internship opportunities for credit. Internships do not involve more than 20% clerical work. Unpaid remote internship opportunities will not be accepted.
Internships with for-profit companies should be paid at least minimum wage. For-profit companies offering unpaid, stipend, and/or internships that require credit must uphold the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards Act Internship Fact Sheet #71 (link is external/in resources) 7-factor "primary beneficiary test".
For hosting internships in certain industries, employers may qualify for reimbursement up to 50 percent of wages paid to new interns, up to $1,500 per student through the Many Paths, One Future Internship Grant Program.
Organizations recruiting volunteers must be classified as either non-profit or governmental agencies and will be permitted to post on Handshake/Symplicity and will be provided additional services on a case by case basis. Private, for-profit companies will not be permitted to post volunteer opportunities. Volunteer positions must support public service, religious or humanitarian objectives and the activity must benefit the community at large. There must be no expectation of compensation or entitlement to a paid position at the conclusion of the experience. Volunteer positions are typically short term, lasting less than 6 months, and only require a few hours per week of commitment. Volunteer positions must also be in person; remote positions will not be approved.
Teach/Volunteer Abroad Companies
CES, CDC, and OCM will not approve teaching or volunteer abroad positions in Handshake/Symplicity, requiring any fees or payments of any kind. CES, CDC, and OCM reserve the right to deny services to companies who place and organize teacher/volunteer abroad positions due to the financial requirements of the applicants to partake in such opportunities
CES, CDC, and OCM define third-party recruiters as agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time, or full-time employment opportunities for other organizations rather than for internal positions. Third-party recruiters may utilize Handshake/Symplicity, participate in on-campus recruiting and attend select career fairs. They will be required to verify in advance whether they are recruiting for their own organizations or for their clients. Third-party firms who are recruiting for positions within their own organizations must clearly differentiate those opportunities from their client engagements. CES, CDC, and OCM will not provide services to organizations wishing to promote their job board or website. Positions posted in Handshake/Symplicity by third-party employers must be individual, specific, and for an active opportunity.
Third-party recruiters representing client organizations must:
- Verify that they charge no fees of any kind to student or alumni applicants;
- Identify themselves as a third-party recruiter in their employer profile and all client job announcements;
- Provide to CES, CDC, and/or OCM in advance a list of the employer clients for whom they are recruiting, and, if requested after review, provide a copy of the retainer(s) signed by their employer client(s) authorizing them to act as their sole campus representatives;
- Provide accurate position descriptions and include specific client names in all jobs posted on Handshake.
- Only release candidate information provided to the identified employer in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Re-disclosure of candidate information to any other parties is not permitted.
Positions that include commission-based compensation must fully disclose the compensation structure in any job posting or at any on-campus recruiting event. These positions will be service eligible on a case by case basis.
Multi-Level or Network Marketing Organizations and Franchise/Business Opportunities are eligible to participate in employer services on a case by case basis. Such organizations are those that engage in one or more of the following practices:
- Sponsors an individual in setting up his/her own business for the purpose of selling products or services and/or recruiting other individuals to set up their own business (Direct Sales Organizations).
- Requires an initial investment from individuals with the organization itself serving as an umbrella or parent corporation. The initial investment may be, but is not limited to, direct payment of a fixed fee, payment to attend an orientation or training session, and/or purchase of a starter kit.
- Compensates in the form of straight commission, fees from others under their sponsorship in the organization, and/or a percentage of sales generated by others, but not limited to, the candidate’s name, employer, and salary).
CES, CDC, and OCM have established these criteria for identifying appropriate entrepreneurial employment opportunities for promotion through its services. Start-ups must have progressed sufficiently in their business development process so that they can:
- Provide a company name, business address, website and email address, and identify a principal as the key contact;
- Verify that they are not seeking potential partners or investors;
- Confirm that they have obtained the necessary business licenses and Tax ID’s as well as sufficient funding, including identifying their funding model and investors, if requested;
- Offer positions for pay, not just for equity; see Compensation and Fees.
- Provide clearly defined organization and position descriptions in Handshake.
Those ventures which cannot meet these guidelines may contact CES, CDC, and/or OCM at a later stage to discuss access to services.
These organizations are ineligible to participate in any of CES, CDC, and OCM’s employer services.
Rutgers CES, CDC, and OCM will not accept positions related to the use or distribution of recreational or medical marijuana. As the use of marijuana is illegal at the federal level and Rutgers receives federal funds, we must comply with federal law.
In compliance with the University's policy and NACE’s Principles for Ethical Professional Practice prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages, employers should not serve alcoholic beverages at any employer-related functions held on or off campus.
Exceptions to Policies and Guidelines
CES, CDC, and OCM reserve the right to make exceptions to these policies and guidelines as warranted by special circumstances, i.e., in certain situations deemed to be acceptable and beneficial to our students, CES, CDC, OCM, the University, or recruiters using our services. Such exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Any exception made does not constitute a change in policy, nor is there a guarantee that this same decision will apply in the future.
CES, CDC, and/or OCM staff will investigate all allegations by users of our services about job postings, employers, or work assignments. During an investigation, we may revoke an employer’s use of our services. If CES, CDC, and/or OCM determine that a complaint is justified, we may choose not to offer recruiting activities to the employer. CES, CDC, and/or OCM will notify the employer in writing of the decision. Such grievances may be grounds for a report to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and subsequent removal from the Handshake system.
On-Campus Recruiting & Job Posting Guidelines
All bona fide full-time, part-time, seasonal, and short-term positions and other types of recruiting opportunities for organizations that abide by the Employer Policies noted above, may be posted on Handshake. However, on-campus recruiting (info sessions, career fairs, interviews, tabling) is intended for use by organizations recruiting for paid full-time, part-time and internship positions. On-Campus Recruiting is not intended for use by organizations recruiting volunteers. Graduate Programs are also permitted to post on Handshake and partake in select on-campus recruiting activities.
Postings in Handshake
Pre-selection Screening Criteria: Major, school year, GPA, and work authorization are the screening criteria used for positions in Handshake. Any student who meets these job requirements (as determined by the employer) and submits a resume will be deemed a "fully qualified" applicant. Other interested students who do not match the screening criteria will still be able to submit resumes. They will appear as "not fully qualified" and are available as candidates for your consideration. Therefore, enter your screening specifications carefully, but without being too restrictive, to ensure the best possible "fully qualified" applicant pool. Note: Postings that request donations, fundraising, application fees, or investments cannot be listed on Handshake.
Employers are asked to respect the neutrality of the On-Campus Interviewing reception area. Students may feel uncomfortable talking to other employers while waiting to be called by their scheduled interviewers. Greeters are permitted as long as their presence does not create an unpleasant environment for students and other recruiters and does not interfere with other CES, CDC, and/or OCM business.
- Employers can utilize interview and presentation facilities to speak with currently enrolled students on the Rutgers Newark and New Brunswick campuses.
- Employers are asked to cancel an interview reservation at least three weeks prior to the scheduled interview date to avoid incurring a cancellation fee of $100 per interview room reservation.
- This fee will be waived if your candidate pool includes fewer than 15 students (CES)/5 students (CDC) per standard interview schedule who meet the outlined position requirements.
- In the event of inclement weather preventing travel to the interview facility, penalties will be waived.
- All other cancellations or rescheduled dates made within three weeks of the original reservation will be subject to a fee of $100 per interview room. New reservations may not be made until all penalty fees have been remitted.
- Space is in demand, and your early cancellation will give other employers an opportunity to meet with students. Keep in mind, last minute cancellations and no-shows will negatively affect your campus image among students who expect to interview with your organization. CES, CDC, and/or OCM may also choose to revoke your interviewing privileges in the future if you fail to cancel or comply with our timeline. To cancel a visit please phone or email the hosting office (contact information in resource list).
- "ROOM ONLY” Interview Schedules: CES, CDC, and/or OCM will continue to offer this option to those not wishing to collect applicants via Handshake/Symplicity. If you do not use our web-based system to schedule interviews, we require a finalized list of candidates and appointment times to be submitted to the hosting office, 72 hours or three business days in advance of your campus visit. In addition, an email message confirming the interview must be sent to each student three days prior to the interview date.
Confidentiality of Student Information
By completing the Handshake/Symplicity registration form and submitting resumes and other application materials for opportunities posted on Handshake/Symplicity students provide CES, CDC, and/or OCM authorization to release employment materials to those selected prospective employers. Employment professionals must maintain the confidentiality of all student information released to them, regardless of the source, including personal documents, written records/reports, and computer databases. This means that there should be no disclosure of student information to another organization without the prior written consent of the student, unless necessitated by health and/or safety considerations, in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
In compliance with the Department of Justice's rulings regarding citizenship discrimination and best practices for online job postings, Rutgers CES, CDC, and OCM do not screen candidates in Handshake based upon employment eligibility. Employers may include employment eligibility information in their Handshake job descriptions as a point of information for potential candidates so that the candidates may self-screen.
Employers are encouraged to consult with their legal counsel and establish legally permissible internal screening procedures before posting jobs or recruiting on campus. CES, CDC, and/or OCM reserve the right to modify or remove any statements or job postings that include any potentially illegal or discriminatory language.
More information regarding the DOJ's decisions can be found at:
Compensation and Fees
- Employers offering paid positions must pay at least the New Jersey State minimum wage or the applicable local minimum wage if higher (calculated over any time scale such as hourly, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly or annually).
- Cryptocurrency, bitcoin, tokens, fiat or equity are not acceptable forms of payment.
- Commission Sales Positions: If no initial base salary is provided, the form of remuneration should be clearly stated in the employer's job descriptions and at the time of the initial interviews.
- Postings that request donations, fundraising, application fees, or investments cannot be listed on Handshake.
CES, CDC, and/or OCM reserve the right to remove job listings on Handshake or decline further service to those employers who do not abide by these compensation/fee guidelines.
Job Offer Policies
Rutgers CES, CDC, and OCM strive to support employers with their recruiting efforts and assist our students in making informed career decisions. Thus, we expect that all employers abide by the following offer policy which allows students sufficient time to carefully consider employment options and act in accordance with the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles of Professional Conduct which state,
“Employment professionals will refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptance. Such practices may include undue time pressure for acceptance of employment offers and encouragement of revocation of another employment offer.”
CES, CDC, and OCM understands that the landscape of recruitment is very competitive, especially when searching for the best talent. We have established these guidelines to provide students and employers a fair, transparent and up-to-date framework for managing the offer phase of the recruitment process.
Timing for Offers and Decisions
Students need time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to offers. To facilitate this process, please provide students with a MINIMUM of two weeks from the date of the written offer, but preferably longer, to accept or decline. In some cases, students may ask for extensions beyond this deadline; we encourage you to accommodate their requests whenever possible.
Exploding Offers/Excessive Pressure
An exploding offer is any offer that does not conform to the aforementioned timetables. Employers should not make offers or pressure students to accept “early” offers including those requiring a quick response time, nor should they attach incentives involving diminishing bonuses, reduced options for location preferences, etc. Further, asking a student to make a decision on the spot is also considered inappropriate.
Exploding offers put undue pressure on students to make decisions before completing the interview process and does not give them ample time to weigh employment options and make informed decisions. We discourage students in making rushed decisions about offers for which they cannot fully abide. Such hasty decisions create discord and distress for all parties involved.
All offer letters must include a start date, geographic location of position, and salary or compensation details. Candidates interviewed on campus for full-time opportunities expect to start work after graduation and by mid-September at the latest.
Rescinding Employment Offers
We strongly encourage employers to consider every alternative before revoking an offer of employment. NACE recommends that employers who must revoke a commitment demonstrate they have done everything possible to avoid rescinding offers, and to then consider alternatives. Before rescinding an offer, please notify our office to explore alternatives and share relevant circumstances. We also stress to every Rutgers University-New Brunswick/Newark student who participates in the On-Campus Interview program that rejecting an offer after having previously accepted one--for any reason--is a serious recruiting violation and is subject to significant repercussions such as losing future On-Campus Interview program and Handshake/Symplicity privileges. Additionally, we require students cease interview participation once a full-time offer has been accepted and that they notify any employers with whom they are still in discussion that they have accepted an offer and are formally withdrawing any open applications.
Job Offer Deadline Policies
Employers are asked to provide candidates with a reasonable amount of time to make employment-related decisions—generally equating to at least three weeks. Employers are reminded that campus recruiting is as much about building a trusted brand identity as it is about recruiting new talent.
Placing undue pressure on students to make decisions or engaging in questionable recruiting practices not only jeopardizes an employer’s ability to recruit our students, but may adversely affect an organization's corporate image for an extended period of time.
RBS OCM Guidelines
- Partner Firm Guidelines
- Put all offers in writing and allow a minimum of 2 weeks for student decisions or November 1st whichever is later
- Provide extensions to offer decisions if business conditions allow
- Include start date, geographic location of position and compensation details in all offers
- Student Guidelines
- Attendance is mandatory for all scheduled interviews
- If you have accepted an offer, withdraw from all open applications and do not actively seek other employment opportunities
- Respond in a timely fashion to written offers but can request an extension
- Students are held accountable to these guidelines with potential sanctions for violations
Please note that Business School students have some specific offer deadline guidelines:
The following guidelines are for any organizations who are recruiting an undergraduate Rutgers Business School student.
Type of Offer
Student Response Due
Full-time offer after summer internship
Internship or Full-time offer during Fall recruiting for upcoming Summer start date
Minimum of 2 weeks or until November 1st, whichever is later
Full-time offer on or after January 1st
Minimum of 2 weeks
Spring semester for winter internships or co-ops
Minimum of 2 weeks or until April 10th, whichever is later
Employers violating any of these policies may receive deferred interview dates or be denied access to the recruiting program for the following season. Each circumstance will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Office of Career Exploration and Success (formerly University Career Services), (848) 445-7287, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Career Development Center, (973) 353-5311, email@example.com
- OCM MVA, Dean Vera, firstname.lastname@example.org
- OCM undergraduate (Newark/New Brunswick), email@example.com
- OCM Accounting Master’s programs, Beth Fieseler, firstname.lastname@example.org
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