Career essentials: 3 reasons to activate your Handshake account today

This story was originally published on the Career & Professional Development Center’s blog, Peaks & Valleys.

Handshake, the University of Utah’s internship and job search platform, is a one-stop shop for all students’ career needs with some amazing features. Whether you are going to look for an internship or a job this year, activate your Handshake account to get access to exciting career opportunities.

As a reminder, Career & Professional Development Center is open during the summer, so if you want to take this opportunity to make progress on your career, schedule an appointment!

Manage your Career Center appointments

Schedule an appointment with a Career Coach through Handshake. In the Career & Professional Development Center, we help students explore themselves, find jobs and pursue meaningful careers. Students can schedule career exploration, internship and job search, interview prep, salary negotiations and graduate school admission appointments through Handshake.

Expand your job search

Handshake offers access to CareerShift, one of the most comprehensive job hunting and career management solutions. While Handshake is a great tool to look for employers targeting University of Utah students and alumni, CareerShift pulls opportunities from the multitude of job search engines like Indeed and Glassdoor as well as company web-sites.

Attend employer events

 According to LinkedIn, 85% of jobs are filled through networking. Handshake offers an opportunity to network with top national and local employers at employer information sessions, workshops and webinars. These events are a wonderful opportunity to learn more about a company and start conversations with recruiters.  It is not uncommon for students to be invited to interview after having a meaningful interaction with a company representative.

What employers are saying about Handshake

“Education at Work (EAW) utilizes Handshake as a primary tool to recruit U of U students for our part-time opportunities with Fortune 500 clients that include an hourly wage along with the opportunity to earn up to $5,250 per year in tax-free tuition assistance and potential employment after graduation!

With Handshake, we are able to engage with students in a variety of different ways including positing our job opportunities, participating in career fairs hosted by Career Services, hosting on campus interviews and virtual information sessions. We love to be able to reach out to students using the Handshake profile search to find student who could benefit from our positions.

EAW is committed to student success and Handshake allows us to find those U of U students who are the best fit for our positions. We encourage all students to complete their Handshake profile and keep it updated as well as sign-up for Handshake notifications so they do not miss out on amazing opportunities!”

Ryan J. Boyd, Director of Student Success, Education at Work

Read more internship and job related posts on the blog Peaks & Valleys. Here’s another post on Handshake: Handshake: The Best Job Search Engine I never Knew About.