Making Job Searching Easier with Handshake

Over the summer of 2020, IU adopted a new career services platform: Handshake. It serves students, career services staff, and employers in many different ways. Students use it to search for jobs/internships (more on that below), research employers, schedule a career coaching appointment, and/or register for an event, among others. Career services use it to track student engagement with our services, post events for students to attend, and support employers in their outreach to students. Employers post jobs/internships/events for students to attend, brand & market themselves to students, and can even message students to encourage them to apply for their open positions.

We are in the midst of the season where many students are looking for summer internships or full-time positions upon graduation. Handshake is a great tool for them to use! As of writing this, there are 8,500+ full-time jobs & internships posted in the system. Handshake provides tools for students to filter the results based on location, employer industry, job role, etc. to find roles that better fit what they are looking for. If students ask you about finding jobs/internships in the coming weeks you can point them to Handshake and share these three tips with them.

Have a complete profile

Students have profiles in Handshake similar to LinkedIn. The more complete the profile the easier it is for employers to find them. Handshake says 80% of students who have a complete profile get a direct message from an employer. A complete profile would include a headshot, past work experience highlighting the impact their work had on the organization, and any skills they’ve developed.

Use filters to search for jobs/internships

Over 8,500 jobs can be a bit overwhelming at first glance but the filters Handshake provides are a big help. If students know they want to work in Chicago they can filter to the city. If they know the employer they want to work for they can enter it in the search bar. My favorite option for students to use is “job roles”. This filter will look at what the job actually does (ex: Microbiologist; Historian; Graphic Designer) and apply it across industries. When an employer posts a job “roles” are applied to it and employers can select all that apply. So, the student who searches for “Public Relations Managers” would see those jobs across all industries, not just at public relations firms.

Follow employers of interest

Handshake allows students to “follow” employers they’d like to work for. When a student follows an employer they get alerts when the employer posts a new position or creates an event. This is a great way for students to stay up to date with the employers they are most interested in and be able to take quick action when the job they want is posted.

By Will Reed
Will Reed Senior Associate Director, Employer Relations Will Reed