According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the definition of a third-party recruiter is "...agencies, organizations, or individuals recruiting candidates for temporary, part-time or full-time employment opportunities other than for their own needs. This includes entities that refer or recruit for profit or not for profit, and it includes agencies that collect student information to be disclosed to employers for purposes of recruitment and employment."
NACE deem it appropriate for collegiate institutions to provide direct assistance to third party agencies ONLY when they meet specific conditions as given by NACE at http://www.naceweb.org/principles/principl.html#principles_for_third_party_recruiters entitled, Principles for Professional Conduct for Career Services and Employment Professionals.
Direct assistance includes activities such as resume referrals, arranging on-campus interviews, and advertising openings on bulletin boards, announcement, on-line systems, telephone hot-line, and/or email.
NACE members agree to provide direct assistance to third party agencies ONLY when a third party recruiter meets the following, shortened NACE conditions:
1. Charges no fees to the candidate.
2. Reveals the identity of the employer being represented and the nature of the relationship between the agency and the employer, and permits the Career Center to verify such information by contacting the employer directly. Identifies, on all announcements, the name of the employer being represented. The Career Center will not attempt to solicit business away from third party recruiters by offering to deal directly with the employer.
3. If requested, provide a position description for a valid opening.
4. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, release candidate information provided by the college or university exclusively and only to the identified employer. Re-disclosure of candidate information is not permitted.
5. Comply with all federal and State Equal Employment Opportunity laws (Titles VI and IX, and ADA).