CAREER CENTER PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT
The Career Center at Colby College asks students who are engaged in Career Center activities to conduct themselves in an ethical manner reflecting the policies and expectations put forth in the student handbook’s “Code of Conduct” and Colby’s Affirmation statement (see the Colby course catalogue). The Career Center takes this seriously and requires all students who use its services to acknowledge this agreement that outlines expectations and consequences. Those students participating in our on-campus recruiting program should pay particular attention to the policies regarding the cancellation of interviews, offer acceptance, and “no-shows” for information sessions and interviews.
Ethical Job (*) Search Student Contract
(* Job = full-time post-graduate, internship, and/or summer job opportunities)
The Career Center requires both students and employers to adhere to strict policies regarding ethical job search conduct, explained in detail below.
Policies and Procedures for an Ethical Job Search
Colby College students will:
1) Attend all meetings, interviews, and other job related commitments and obligations:
Students will honor all interview commitments by being on time, prepared, and professional in their actions. Students not honoring an interviewing commitment will be considered a No-Show.
- Canceling/declining an on-campus interview must be done before the interview schedule “Sign Up End Date” on the Colby CareerLink system – typically 48-72 hours before the interview (varies by employer, check on Colby CareerLink). If a student cancels after an interview schedule is closed (or “freezes”), and does not attend the interview, that student will be considered a No-Show. Notifying the employer after the freeze date does not exempt you from this policy – please call the Career Center at 207-859-4140 if you have an issue with a scheduled interview.
- Canceling an on-campus interview due to your attendance at another organization’s on-site (at the employer)/final round interview should be done 48 hours prior to the on-campus interview by contacting the company contact and Career Center. Failure to do so will result in the student being considered a No-Show for the on-campus interview.
- Canceling an on-site (at the employer)/final round interview must be done 72 hours prior to the visit by calling and emailing the company contact person. This allows companies to fill the interview slot with another candidate. Canceling after the 72 hour window has passed and not attending the on-site interview will result in the student being considered a No-Show.
Commitments and Obligations:
- If a student has arranged a meeting or phone call with an employer, the Career Center expects the student to honor this commitment by being prepared, professional, and on-time.
- If an employer has requested information, attendance at a function, an answer to an offer, etc., the Career Center expects that a student will honor all reasonable requests to the best of their ability and in a timely fashion.
2) Represent Oneself Professionally in all Recruiting Practices:
The following are practices to be followed as students begin the job search process:
- Provide accurate information on a resume and in answers to interview questions regarding academic background, GPA, work history, activities, and other qualifications.
- Apply for interviews only when genuinely interested in the organization and the position.
- Meet all online application deadlines for submitting resumes and obtaining interview times.
- Conduct extensive research about the industry, the organization, and the position prior to your interviews, and along the same lines, know yourself (do some self-assessment).
- Attend all information sessions sponsored by employers as your schedule permits. See below for policies related to Employer Information Sessions.
- Dress and conduct oneself in a professional manner befitting a Colby College student.
3) Act Ethically When Accepting Offers of Employment:
When accepting an offer of full-time (post-graduate), internship (either paid or unpaid), or summer employment, one must have every intention of honoring that commitment. If a student accepts an offer of employment, he/she must withdraw from the recruiting process immediately. This includes but is not limited to:
- Not applying to future job postings
- Declining all future interview invitations
- Canceling any active applications
- Contacting all recruiters to inform them of your wish to be removed from the interviewing and recruitment process (this includes all scheduled interviews).
Students who renege on an offer of employment may be deactivated from Colby CareerLink.
If you feel an employer has not provided you with enough time to accept an offer of employment (see the Recruiting Guidelines/Policies for Employers), please contact the Career Center either in person by stopping at Eustis 107 or by calling 207-859-4140.
Employer Information Sessions & Career Center Workshops/Events
Employers will often send Colby alumni and/or recruiting representatives to campus to talk to current students about their organizations and the full-time, internship, or summer employment opportunities available. It is very costly for employers to send their staff to campus, but they have made a commitment to considering Colby students as a source of talent.
The Career Center offers a variety of workshops throughout the school year for students from all class years and majors. These workshops focus on providing students with important professional exploration and planning content like networking on LinkedIn, creating a first-draft of a resume, and conducting a job or internship search, to name a few. In addition, the Career Center often invites guest speakers to campus to talk on a relevant topics for students, such as a career panel focused on a specific major or a national expert on job search strategies.
If you plan to attend a Career Center event (employer information session, workshop, guest speaker, career panel, etc.), please RSVP.
Employers will often check the RSVPs for their information sessions the day or morning before the event, if your name is on the RSVP list, the representative(s) will expect you to be there. Employers will plan their handouts and giveaways according to the number of RSVPs. Also, if attendance is low, they may cancel their trip to campus completely.
Guest speakers often need to be scheduled months in advance and will need to make travel arrangements to come here, etc. For workshops, the Career Center plans handouts and room size by the number of RSVPs. Students who do not RSVP may be asked to leave an event if there is not enough seating or materials. On the other hand, if we don’t know you are planning to come and too few students RSVP, events will be cancelled.
Students must cancel RSVPs to attend employer information sessions, workshops, guest speakers, and career panels a minimum of 24-hours in advance.
If you can no longer attend a session for which you’ve registered, simply log into Colby CareerLink and (a) find the event and click on “cancel RSVP”, or (b) contact the Career Center by calling 207-859-4140 or by stopping in the office in Eustis 107.
Cancellations made last minute should be done by calling the Career Center at 207-859-4140 or stopping by the office in Eustis before the office closes at 5:00 p.m.
Not showing up for those events for which you’ve signed up in advance reflects negatively on you and on Colby College as well. Such lapses of etiquette are not tolerated in employment and civic settings. Career Center events are opportunities to practice and demonstrate your professionalism.
Students who fail to attend a scheduled interview or fail to cancel an interview within the timeline parameters stated in the Ethical Job Search Contract will be considered a No-Show for that interview. The following details the steps the Career Center will take, student obligations, and potential consequences. Please note that until a final decision is made concerning your missed interview, students are expected to meet interview obligations for which you are already or may be scheduled through the on-campus recruiting program.
If a student is a No-Show for a scheduled interview, noted either by the employer or by the Career Center, that student’s Colby CareerLink account will be deactivated immediately – thus preventing that student from applying to any jobs or signing up for any additional interviews.
To be reinstated on the Colby CareerLlink system, the student will need to:
- Complete a Missed Interview Explanation Form (This can be downloaded from the Document Library under the “Resources” tab in Colby CareerLink.)
- Draft an apology to the employer to be sent by e-mail
- Meet with a Career Center Staff member to request reinstatement, bringing the Missed Interview Explanation Form and e-mail apology draft to the scheduled meeting
- Send the e-mail apology to the employer within 24-hours of your meeting with the Career Center, and copy (cc:) the staff member with whom you met
The Career Center Director will review the Missed Interview Explanation Form and make a final determination on a student’s status.
An excused absence indicates a compelling reason for the absence (serious illness, family emergency); documentation of the emergency may be required. If the missed interview is deemed an excused absence, the student will be reinstated on the Colby CareerLink system.
An unexcused absence may be an absence for a non-compelling reason (copied the wrong date or time, overslept, simply forgot about the interview), or it may be for a compelling reason but no corroborating evidence was provided.
- First Offense: The first unexcused missed interview will result in loss of application/scheduling privileges for seven (7) calendar days. During this period, a student’s Colby CareerLink account will be deactivated, preventing one from applying for positions or responding to companies who extend offers for interviews. Students will be expected to meet interview obligations previously scheduled prior to account deactivation.
- Second Offense: The second unexcused absence will result in permanent suspension from all on-campus recruiting activities for the remainder of the academic year.
Employer Information Sessions & Workshops/Guest Speakers
Regarding Employer Information Sessions and Career Center guest speakers/career panels and workshops: Students with more than two (2) no-shows will have their access to the CareerLink system suspended until the student meets with a Career Center staff member in an appointment to discuss.
This agreement is in place to ensure all parties adhere to professional standards and to protect your rights during the recruitment process as well as to continue the strong reputation Colby College students enjoy with employers who recruit through the Career Center. Thank You.