In our continual effort to enhance trust and safety for our students and higher education partners, we perform regular audits of our job postings to ensure third parties are not posting job opportunities that redirect your students to another site and require students to setup a third-party account.
We perform these audits because occasionally companies post jobs on Handshake in order to acquire student users to their platform—asking students to leave Handshake and sign up for their platform in order to see and apply for the opportunities they post.
More concerning is what happens after the student creates an account on the third-party site: the third-party recruiters then use the students’ email addresses to remarket the students to other employers without the students’ explicit consent. In some cases, these sites then sell the email addresses of those students. Additionally, because this activity is happening on third-party platforms, you and your teams lose access to the data and insights about the students' career journeys once they leave the Handshake platform.
Handshake is committed to offering as many career opportunities as possible to students directly in our product, where we can ensure the highest levels of trust and safety. We seek to remove barriers to access opportunities, not create more barriers for the students on our platform. This is why we don't allow third party recruiters (or anyone else) to require students to create an account on a third-party site in another platform in order to access a job.
Specifically, our Terms of Service, listed more fully below, include the following “Third Party Recruiter Guidelines”:
“Handshake is excited to offer as many career opportunities to students as possible, including those offered by third party recruiters. However, we do not permit outside services from bulk collecting student data, employer data, job descriptions, or other marketplace information through the use of automated scripts (“scraping”) or similar technologies or methodologies. Third party recruiters are also prohibited from requiring students to create an account on a third-party platform unaffiliated with the company or brand providing the employment role. Any violation of these, or any other Terms, at our discretion, may result in suspension or termination of the account(s) associated with you or your recruitment service.”
We’ve asked these companies to abide by our Terms of Service like all other employer partners. In some cases, those we spoke to were able to comply with our Terms of Service by agreeing to only post their own internal jobs on Handshake. In other cases, third-party recruiters were able to comply by eliminating the requirement for third party account creation (meaning the student’s application would only be shown to the employer who specifically posted the job in question).
We welcome the continued partnership of every employer, including third-party recruiters, as long as it is in compliance with our standards for trust and security of all student and higher education partners.
Here are the full terms of service for third-party recruiters:
Third Party Recruiter Guidelines
Handshake is excited to offer as many career opportunities to students as possible, including those offered by third party recruiters. However, we do not permit outside services from bulk collecting student data, employer data, job descriptions, or other marketplace information through the use of automated scripts (“scraping”) or similar technologies or methodologies. Third party recruiters are also prohibited from requiring students to create an account on a third-party platform unaffiliated with the company or brand providing the employment role. Any violation of these, or any other Terms, at our discretion, may result in suspension or termination of the account(s) associated with you or your recruitment service.
Job postings created by third parties must be for a single company. The description of the job posting must clearly state both the company name as well as the fact that you represent a third party firm recruiting on behalf of the company. You may not disclose any student information to another party without the written consent of the student.
When you create a Handshake Employer Account, we request contact information, including email address and telephone number, to provide a point of contact for Universities and administrative staff and which will be made available on your public profile. We will not use your phone number to send any commercial or marketing messages to you from third parties. You agree to provide accurate and current information and to correct any misrepresentations immediately upon discovery.
Through the use of the Service, you will be able to search and filter student results based on a wide range of criteria. You agree to maintain a fair and equitable recruitment process when selecting student candidates. You also agree not to discriminate based on ethnicity, national origin, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status as prohibited by law. You have the ability to contact students directly through the Service. By using this Service, you agree not to stalk, defame, bully, harass, abuse, threaten, intimidate, or impersonate any people or entities.