Navigating Handshake’s Student Interface

Handshake, BU’s online career management site, gives you access to job/internship postings, employer events, career counseling appointments, and other online career tools. Handshake has recently unveiled a new homepage which calls attention to actions you can take to enhance your job search experience.

On the Handshake homepage you will find suggestions to attend events and follow employers. Simply click on the links to bring you to the corresponding pages. Following employers is a great way to keep track of employers you are interested in. You will receive a notification whenever an employer you follow, posts a position or registers for on-campus interviews, career fairs, or events.

The homepage also displays job and event recommendations based on your career interests, academic information, and search activity. It is very important that you fill out your profile as completely as possible in order for the recommendations to most closely match your interests. To access your profile, click on your name icon located in the top right corner of your homepage and select My Profile. Fill out all the fields to complete your profile.

A link to the CCD can also be found on the Handshake homepage. This link will bring you to a page where you can schedule career counseling appointments and access resources. The resources link includes helpful articles and online resources like Big Interview, GoinGlobal, Candid Careers, CareerShift, and Vault.

The top left navigation bar on the Handshake homepage includes links to Job, Events, and Employers. The Jobs tab will allow you to search jobs/internships. Use the filters to further narrow your search. Positions can also be saved for you to access at a later time. The Employers tab will bring you to a list of employers that can also be searched by various filters. Follow any interested employers in order to stay updated on their activity. The Events tab displays workshops offered by BU career centers as well as all employer events. Filter can be used to narrow your search. Click on the Career Fair filter to access any upcoming career fairs. A link for On-Campus Interviews can also be found in the Events tab. Click on the link to access a list of employers coming on campus for interviews.

The top right navigation bar in Handshake includes a tab for Messages. The Messages tab is where you will find messages employers have sent to you. A tab with your name/initials can also be found in the top right corner. This tab is a pull-down menu where you can access your profile, documents, jobs, interviews, notifications, settings, and help support. The My Jobs and My Interviews links will bring you to a list of jobs and interviews you have applied for. The My Documents link allows you to upload and store resumes and cover letters that can be used to apply for positions. Notifications is where you can manage notifications about various activities that you are interested in knowing about. In My Settings you can manage your privacy settings. Privacy settings can be changed at any time.

Handshake is a great tool to aide in your job/internship search process. Handshake can be accessed with your BU credentials. Click here to begin exploring!

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