Faculty and staff


In partnership with all colleges at Iowa State University, Human Sciences Career Services utilizes an online career management system called, “CyHire.” All career-related information is posted and available for students, employers, and faculty via this system. Use of CyHire ensures fair and equal access by students, alumni and employers.

We accept all of our job postings via this system which allows employers to:

  • Post full-time and intern/co-op positions
  • Create a company profile
  • Schedule on-campus events
  • Schedule on-campus interviews
  • Register for career fairs

Employers that contact faculty and staff regarding recruiting students or sharing job opportunities at Iowa State should be directed to Career Services. Our office will reply to job posting requests and assist employers with posting opportunities to ensure there is equal access. 

Best practices

Sharing of career outcome data

The Career Services Council has adopted the following policy regarding sharing of career outcome data:

"Career outcome data, including employer information, is collected from graduates with a guarantee that individual responses will be kept confidential.  Therefore, data will be released to internal and external constituents in aggregated form only."

CyHire usage for fair and equitable recruiting

Faculty and staff sometimes receive information about employment opportunities and are asked to relay the information to students or identify candidates. Requests for student referrals or for names of excellent students may seem harmless, but there are potential legal and ethical pitfalls. For more information, please read A Faculty Guide to Ethical and Legal Standards in Student Hiring, published by the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

To maintain a fair and equitable recruiting process, Iowa State University's CyHire, is designated as the centralized job and internship posting site for all students at Iowa State University. Employers requesting to post opportunities should either be directed to the instructions for posting a job, or forwarded to Career Services. Use of CyHire also ensures that:

  • Positions posted at Iowa State can only be viewed by Iowa State students or alumni.
  • Employers using university resources to recruit agree to follow the university's non-discrimination policy.

The College of Human Sciences supports campus recruiters participation in the classroom

The College of Human Sciences encourages and supports interaction between campus recruiters and college faculty members.  Individual faculty members sometimes host employers in their classrooms.  Those organizations wishing to participate in classrooms should recognize that any material presented in such forums should correspond/compliment the classroom curriculum.  Company “commercials”, where the bulk of the material covered is focused on marketing the organization and recruiting activities are not recommended.

When reaching out to faculty members of the college, employers should plan to prepare presentations that will align with the curriculum covered in the course. For those campus recruiters who wish to promote their company, hosting an information session coordinated by the Memorial Union and marketed via CyHire is the appropriate venue.

Student organizations may also be a venue for presentations.  It should be mutually agreed upon by the organization and the company that the presentation will primarily promote the firm.  Additionally, any recruiting activities (i.e., resume collections, sharing of job postings, etc.) should be coordinated with Human Sciences Career Services and posted on CyHire.  Engaging in recruitment activities in classroom situations which might be outside of standard recruitment practices may jeopardize the employer’s compliance with EEO and/or DOL obligations.

Information sessions

In accordance with University policies, there are specific appointed areas that can be utilized by commercial organizations.  Buildings utilized for academic pursuits are generally not an option for information sessions or company booths.  The University’s regulations are intended to treat all organizations in a fair manner, while following University policy.  Please see the links below to review Iowa State University’s policies on commercial organization presence on campus.

We encourage companies to make reservations with the Memorial Union, Scheman Building, or a variety of other venues in the Ames area for their information sessions.  Further suggestions can be made by our office upon request.

Throughout the academic year, there may be opportunities for employers to present on career or industry related topics during organized Career Weeks which will precede our career fairs.  Please contact our office at 515-294-0626 for more information.

University policies

Facilities and Ground Use, Activities

Facilities & Property

Serving as a reference

Additionally, faculty and staff may find themselves being asked to serve as a reference for a student during graduate school applications, scholarships, employment opportunities and others. When asked to serve as a reference for the student (via electronic correspondence), you should ensure that before you disclose any educational information covered by FERPA (e.g., student transcripts, GPA, grades, social security number, etc.) that you obtain written consent of the student. Failure to do so would constitute a violation of FERPA.

Similarly, when asked to submit a verbal reference, the faculty or staff member should, again, not disclose information regarding a student’s educational record without the prior consent of the student. If you have been asked verbally to serve as a reference, you may want to have the student follow up with written confirmation of this request.

If you are in the situation, where you are unknowingly contacted to provide a reference, all efforts should be made to confirm with the student prior to providing any information.

For a full list of principles and guidelines to follow when serving as a reference for students, please visit the National Association of Colleges and Employers website.

Partner with us

Career-related presentations

Members of our staff are available to present career-related topics to your class. The following topics are available:

  • CyHire best practices
  • Overview of services
  • Resume and cover letter preparation
  • Personal statements
  • Interviewing skills
  • Career fair preparation
  • Comprehensive job seeking
  • Making connections
  • Salary and offer negotiation

Other topics may be available upon request. To schedule a presentation, please email hscareers@iastate.edu with your topic and date/time preference.

Encourage career fair attendance

Our college hosts two career fairs each semester, Business, Industry, and Technology and People to People, in addition to the Teacher Education Fair in the spring semester. Please encourage your students to attend the career fairs each fall and spring. As a faculty member you are also encouraged to attend to help build relationships with our employers. Our staff is available to provide a brief presentation on the importance of career fair attendance to your class. Additional information regarding our career fairs will be shared closer to the events. 

View dates for the next career fairs on campus.