Getting Started with Handshake

Handshake is Boston University’s new online hub for career resources. With it, you can apply for jobs and internships, sign up for events and workshops, schedule career appointments, and more!

Handshake is Boston University’s new online hub for career resources. With it, you can apply for jobs and internships, sign up for events and workshops, schedule career appointments, and more!

Check out the tips below for getting started with your new account.

Logging in to Handshake

Go to bu.joinhandshake.com from any device. Click on the blue Boston University Student Login link and log in with your BU email address and Kerberos password.

Upon logging in, you will be prompted to choose whether you would like your profile to be searchable by employers. If so, keep the box checked and click SAVE. Uncheck the box and click SAVE if you would like to keep your profile hidden from employers. This setting can be changed at any time; find it by going to your profile and then the Account tab.

Setting Up Your Profile

After logging in, you will be prompted to fill out your profile. Select View Your Profile from the left navigation bar. Basic information including major, class year, and GPA will be automatically updated from the registrar.

You have the option to hide your GPA from employers even if you have chosen to make your profile viewable to employers. To do this, click on Primary Education within your profile. There will be a check box next to your GPA to make it viewable to employers. Uncheck the box to make it private. Be sure to click SAVE after making any changes.

Complete your profile by adding work experience, extracurricular activities, projects, courses, etc. Be sure to fill out as much information as you can.

The Documents tab in your profile allows you to upload resumes, cover letters, transcripts, etc. (click on New Document to upload). When uploading documents, you will have an option to make your resume public. Public resumes can be seen by any employer.

Be sure to clearly name your documents when uploading so that you are able to select the correct documents when applying to positions.

Click on the Account tab to set up your notification preferences. This allows you to choose how you would like to receive important messages from Handshake.

Indicating Your Career interests

Select Your Career Interests from the left-hand navigation bar. By filling out this section with what you want to do (internship, job, grad school, etc.), where you want to live, and more, you will receive more relevant search results. You can fill it out as much or as little as you want, and you can change your responses at any time.


The more complete your profile and career interests, the more Handshake can customize your homepage. Be sure to keep your information updated!


Navigating the Site

Your dashboard (homepage) features opportunities that are relevant to you, based on your activity, profile, and career interests information. It also contains information about upcoming events, appointments, and available resources.

The blue search bar at the top searches all of Handshake, while the left-hand navigation gives you access to specific areas.

We hope you find Handshake to be easy to explore and helpful as you plan your next steps!

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