Policies & Guidelines

The Villanova University Career Center is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and adheres to and promotes its Principles for Professional Practice. We reserve the right to refuse service to any company or organization whose business we believe is of a nature that is not appropriate for our students and alumni, nor consistent with the mission of Villanova University.

 

Statements of Responsibility

These statements of responsibility are guided by the Principles for Professional Practice of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Employers

  • Refrain from any practice that improperly influences and affects job acceptances. i.e. undue time pressures, encouragement of revocation of another acceptance.
  • Supply accurate information about your organization and employment opportunities.
  • Honor all offers of employment to candidates.
  • Strive to communicate with candidates and the Career Center within the agreed upon time frame.
  • Serving alcohol should not be part of the recruitment process.
  • Maintain equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and follow affirmative action principles in recruiting activities.
  • Employment professionals must advise the Career Center of any test conducted on campus. They must advise students of the type and purpose of any test that is required in the recruitment process and to whom the test results will be disclosed.

Students

  • Provide accurate information on majors, minors, GPA, and employment eligibility.
  • Provide current and reliable contact information for the Career Center and employers.
  • Respond appropriately to communication from the  Career Center and employers.
  • Adhere to schedules. - Thoroughly research organizations prior to interviewing and accepting positions.
  • Notify the Career Center immediately if you encounter questionable practices or irregularities in the employment process.
  • Notify the Career Center upon acceptance of a job offer. Withdraw from the interview process and notify all employers with whom you are interviewing.
  • Consider acceptance of employment as a commitment to that employer.
  • Reneging an acceptance is not condoned by the Career Center and will result in loss of service to you.

Career Center

  • Maintain a recruitment process that is fair and equitable to candidates and employing organizations.
  • The staff will, without imposing personal values or bias, assist individuals in developing a career plan.
  • The Career Center staff will provide students with information on a range of career opportunities and types of employing organizations. They will inform students of the means and resources to gain access to information which may facilitate their decisions about an employing organization.
  • The Career Center staff will provide employing organizations with accurate information about Villanova University and its students and about the policies and services of the Career Center.
  • Maintain confidentiality of student information.

 

Campus Recruiting Policies

Eligibility Policy

Only currently enrolled Villanova undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to participate in the Campus Recruiting Program. Employers are expected to maintain the confidentiality of student information, regardless of the source (including personal knowledge, written records/reports, social networking websites and computer databases).

No Sign-Up Policy

If a student fails to sign up for an on-campus interview time, the student loses their interview time.  Their account will be locked until they meet with a member of the Recruiting team.  An alternate will be notified to sign up for the open slot.

No-Show Policy

If a student doesn’t show up for their interview, they will be ineligible to participate in the campus recruiting program or resume referral programs  until they meet with a member of the Recruiting team.  A letter of apology must be sent to the company recruiter. 

A student will lose their recruiting privileges if they have two offenses during the academic year.

Renege Policy

Reneges are never permitted or condoned by the Career Center. Reneging on an offer is a serious violation of The Career Center’s policy, and will result in immediate suspension of all recruiting privileges and the student’s Handshake account is deactivated.  Violators will be required to meet with a representative from the Career Center, their Academic Chairperson and/or Dean.  Future recruiting privileges will be determined after this meeting.

Snow Policy

For the most up to date information, call the University main snow number at (610) 519-4505.  Announcements are also posted on the Villanova University website and made on KYW 1060 AM radio - Villanova is Delaware County #528.

  • When classes are cancelled: No on-campus interviews will be held. Please call the Career Center (610) 519-4061 for messages regarding recruiting and rescheduling. For those staying in nearby hotels, please be sure to leave your telephone number and where you are staying when leaving a message.
  • When there is a two-hour opening delay: It is difficult to gain access to the campus because of snow removal prior to 10 a.m. The first on-campus interview will then begin at 10:30 a.m. The interviews scheduled before 10:30am will then be rescheduled for a later time that same day.

Exploding Offer Policy

The Villanova University Career Center defines an exploding offer as any offer which does not conform with the offer guidelines listed above. Students should not be pressured to accept offers “on the spot” or "early,” whether this is based upon a shorter timeframe for consideration overall and/or due to any special diminishing incentives attached, e.g.,  tiered or expiring bonuses, reduced options for location preferences, etc. The Career Center expects all employers to refrain from such practices when recruiting Villanova students.

 

Posting Policy & Offer Guidelines

Posting Policy

Villanova University’s Career Center is a centralized center for Villanova’s undergraduate and graduate students, as well as for alumni. We use Handshake for posting full-time, part-time and internship positions.   

The University’s Career Center reserves the right to determine the eligibility of a posting and to delete postings deemed unsuitable for our students.  We will not post jobs that appear to discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, disability, or gender.  All positions requiring a fee for training or participation in a work experience or for any other reason are unacceptable and will not be posted.  Any position that does not support the interests of the University or our students will not be posted.

The Career Center strongly encourages employers to compensate interns in order to create a more competitive applicant pool. Otherwise, you may prevent some of our highly qualified students from applying.  Companies positing unpaid internships must make it clear that the position is unpaid, or may be eligible for academic credit.

Third Party Staffing firms must select “Third Party Staffing” as the Industry, provide the name of the client within the job description and choose the appropriate functions/tasks in the Job Function area when entering the position description.  Student information must not be provided to any other employer or used for any other reason than the original recruiting purpose.  Third-party recruiters charging fees to Villanova students will not be permitted to post positions or have access to any Career Center services. 

The Villanova University Career Center does not post non-professional positions on Handshake. If you are currently recruiting students for a paid position that is unrelated to academic pursuits, below are a few websites to consider. Please note: the Career Center does not endorse any specific website or service.

  • Snagajob - job posting site dedicated reaching applicants for hourly positions. Fees for posting may apply.
  • WayUp - job posting site and candidate search dedicated to the recruitment of college students. Fees for posting may apply.
  • Indeed - job posting site for all types of positions. Free basic services and postings available.

Villanova University cares deeply about the safety and well-being of Villanova students and families in our community.  With respect to job placement, childcare positions involve particularly sensitive vetting of both job candidates and potential employers, including some new background check requirements under Pennsylvania law that may apply.   

Villanova University's Career Center believes that Villanova students and community families will be best served by using other placement services that are specifically designed to address these sensitive childcare job placement needs.   

Such services include, without limitation:

Employers are asked to adhere to the following:

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Principles for Professional Practice

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)

 

Employers must always use corporate email addresses, not personal email address, for posting purporses; Gmail, or Yahoo, etc. domains are not accepted.

Offer Guidelines

Students need sufficient time to make informed decisions when comparing and responding to employment offers. The following recruiting guidelines have been created for employment offers (full-time jobs, internships, externships, and leadership programs) to ensure overall fairness to all participating parties. These timeframes should assist employers in planning their recruitment strategy and allow both employers and students the opportunity to participate fully during the recruiting season.

  • Exploding offers, those made with undue pressure and insufficient time to respond, are strictly prohibited.
  • For all offers extended during the Fall or Spring semesters for externships, leadership programs, internships or full-time employment, employers should allow a minimum of three weeks from the date of the written offer, but preferably longer, for students to accept or decline any offer
  • EXCEPTION: for all offers extended at the conclusion of previous employment (externship, leadership program, internship, or full-time employment) during the Spring/Summer terms, employers should give until October 15th for students to accept or decline the offer for the next opportunity
  • The written offer should clearly state all appropriate terms and conditions, including, but not limited to, position title/description, location, start date, end date (if applicable) and compensation (salary, bonuses, benefits, etc.) 
  • All bonuses or other incentives are to remain in full effect for the entire duration of the offer period
  • Employers should be flexible in granting offer extensions on a case-by-case basis if the circumstances warrant it.

The Career Center encourages students to make decisions on employment offers within a reasonable timeframe and to be sensitive to employer needs. The Career Center does not encourage students to wait to make a decision unless there is a specific reason for doing so.