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Recruiting UNC Bears

We're excited that you're looking to recruit and hire UNC students. You will find ways to engage with students below, but please also utilize our FAQ to find quick answers to your questions.

  • Posting on Handshake
    1. Log into Handshake
    2. Select "Employer"
    3. Fill out information and click "Sign Up"
    4. Confirm your email address on Handshake
    5. Click "Create New Company"
    6. Note: If you are a University of Northern Colorado, on-campus employer, use the following format to name your company: UNC-Office Name (example, UNC-Financial Aid)
    7. Fill out form and click "Create New Company"
    8. Click "Post a Job"
    9. Fill out all information that relates to your job and finish by clicking "Create"

    If you have questions, you can visit Handshake's Help Center or email Center for Career Readiness office at Career.Readiness@unco.edu.

    As a supporter of UNC, you can have any of these completed by a current student or alum, making it easy to give back and stay productive. Clicking the links to post a project will take you over to the Parker Dewey platform and allow you to make edits before posting your request.

  • Posting on Parker Dewey

    Parker Dewey enables companies to leverage college students and recent grads to complete short-term tasks. These assignments are a great opportunity to develop individuals and get some tasks done that your company may have not had quite enough time for. In addition, companies can identify individuals, including those from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds, and evaluate skills, interests, and fit before committing to a hiring or internship decision.

    You can find help for navigating Parker Dewey's platform HERE or learn how to post a project HERE

  • Career Fairs and Events

    You can find information on our upcoming fairs and events HERE.

  • On-Campus Tabling and Interviews

    If you are interested in conducting tabling or interviews on campus, please contact our team at career.readiness@unco.edu.

Employer Policies and Guidelines

We expect that all employers review and agree to the National Association of Colleges and Employer Principles for Professional Practice. Employers must have current or anticipated job openings for college graduates or interns. For employers hiring current students, employers must have an “employer-employee” relationship for paid positions (W-2) and have no required fees (other than professional licensure fees for career employees). We expect employers adhere to all the federal and state Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  Laws and Guidelines.

In addition, employers recruiting at UNC will embrace the institutions values which include academic integrity, excellence, teaching and learning, diversity of thought and culture, intellectual freedom, and equal opportunity.

All employer recruitment activities on campus are required to adhere to the following policies. If employers violate any of these policies and/or student complaints are filed regarding an employer, the Center for Career Readiness will review the complaint and reserves the right to deny an organization campus recruiting services pending the results of the investigation.  

  • Handshake

    Job and internship postings on Handshake must display accurate information about the positions they represent. As such, employers will be prompted to provide specific required information about the positions they post to Handshake, including but not limited to job or internship title, salary/wage information, and a description of duties. Center for Career Readiness personnel will review the postings and activate them if they meet requirements.

    All employers must be verified as legitimate organizations by providing a valid business name, physical address, email address, phone number (website is desirable) and the name of a contact who can be reached at the listed address(es).  Foreign based businesses may be verified by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Non-Agency In-Home Services

    UNC does not assist in the recruitment of domestic positions, such as those in healthcare, childcare, lawn mowing, drivers, private tutors, etc. Instead, you may utilize services such as Care.com, United Way, or Craigslist.

    Please note, we refer UNC students who are interested in domestic employment positions to the websites noted above.

  • Colorado’s Cannabis Industry

    Due to federal funding, organizations and representatives of the cannabis industry are ineligible to post jobs on Handshake, conduct on-campus interviews, and participate in UNC’s career fairs.

  • Third-Party Recruiting Agencies

    We follow general NACE guidelines in working with third-party agencies as published in the Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals. 

    We work with third-party agencies that meet the following criteria: 

    • Third party recruiters will be allowed to post positions if they provide a full job/internship description for a valid opening and disclose the nature of the relationship between the agency and the employer to career services staff. Although not required to be included in the posting itself, it is required that the name of the employer for which the third party is providing recruiting services be provided to career services. 
    • Third party recruiters must comply with all Federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity laws (Titles VI and IX, and ADA).
    • Charge no fees to candidates.
    • In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), release candidate information only to the identified employer. Re-disclosure of candidate information to other employers or entities is not permitted without the explicit written consent of the candidate.
    • Provide a position description for a valid opening.
  • Commission-based “1099” Positions
    • 1099 positions must include the following disclaimer in the posting: “This is a 1099 position. Persons paid on a 1099 basis are independent contractors and are self-employed. Independent contractors are required to pay all self-employment taxes (Social Security & Medicare) as well as income tax. Independent contractors generally do not receive any type of employment benefits from the client. For more information please refer to www.irs.gov or talk with a tax professional.”
    • Companies/organizations with door-to-door sales models are not allowed to utilize services and resources provided by the UNC Center for Career Readiness.
    • The organization is expected to have training and ongoing support including marking materials.
    • No non-refundable fees or purchases are acceptable, and no compensation should be focused on recruiting additional individuals to the organization.
    • The organization should not expect UNC students or alumni to repay expenses if they decide to leave the organization.
  • Best Practices and Requirements

    The UNC Center for Career Readiness asks that all employers who wish to recruit on campus connect with our office and adhere to our policies.

    • Employers must go through our office to coordinate campus engagement, including marketing materials, unless you have a personal connection with a faculty or staff member on campus who has invited you to their classroom or event. Dropping in unannounced or reaching out using the university directory is not an acceptable recruitment practice on campus.
    • Employers should not put pressure on students to apply to a position and/or accept a job offer.
    • It is not acceptable to charge students during the job search or as part of their employment.

Diversity, Equity, and, Inclusion Resources

Our students and alumni value equitable and inclusive work environments. As they research organizations during their job search journey, it is important for employers to develop a thoughtful, proactive recruitment and hiring plan. Creating an organizational culture focused on diversity and inclusion is a key component of a successful organization where employees utilize their strengths and work together. Below are questions to consider and resources to review when developing a recruitment strategy and inclusive work environment.