Welcome back to Tufts, Jumbos! We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating summer break. As you get settled into the fall semester, we wanted to re-introduce our #GetHiredOnHandshake campaign from last spring!
Over the next eight weeks, keep your eyes peeled for weekly blog posts sharing tips and tricks for mastering Handshake and maximizing your chances of linking up with employers you love.
As of this semester, the number of students with completed Handshake profiles is less than 40%. Help us bump that number up by creating your account, downloading the Handshake app, and telling your friends.
What is Handshake?
Handshake is a Tufts platform for connecting students to internships, jobs, and career events. With Handshake, you will have the opportunity to:
- Discover and apply for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities and more
- Send and receive messages from employers that may want to hire you
- Connect with your peers for tips and advice
- Get access to career fairs, employer events, interview days, and career-building resources
How to get started with Handshake:
Get started with Handshake by visiting tufts.joinhandshake.com. Log in with your Tufts ID (e.g. jsmith01) and password. Once you’re set up, you will have the opportunity to create your profile, upload a resume, and start customizing your job search.
You can also download the Handshake app, making the job hunt even easier with hundreds of jobs, internships, and career events right at your fingertips. The Handshake App is available for download on both iOS and Android. Learn more about the mobile app here.
Customizing your Profile:
Fill out your profile with information about you, your interests, your studies and what you’re looking for in a job. Students with a completed profile are five times more likely to be messaged by a recruiter, so make sure you take the time to fill everything in. A completed profile also helps ensure that you get connected with the most relevant opportunities. Handshake will send you targeted messages regarding job openings, upcoming events, and other opportunities that are personalized to your interests.
To get started, you can customize your profile to most accurately express your authentic self, including the option to self-report your gender identity and pronouns, as well as your race and ethnicity. This customization makes it possible for employers to identify unique students like you and helps make their hiring practices more equitable.
Additionally, make sure you update Your Interests with:
1. Job Type: Share whether you’re looking for an internship, part-time job, or full-time job
2. Location: Select the cities where you’d like to work, and Handshake will show you jobs in that area
3. Job Role: Choose jobs you would like to explore (marketing associate, software engineer, etc.)
Uploading a Resume
You will want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers (and the Career Center team) to see. To learn how to upload a document, refer to How to Upload a New Document. Once you’ve uploaded a resume, you can use it to further fill in your profile (see Build Profile from Resume). We recommend working with a career advisor to polish your resume before you post it as a public document – you can visit one of our Career Labs for a resume critique.
Ready to rock that profile? Log in to Handshake to get started today!
If you have any questions about getting started with Handshake, feel free to reach out to Willa Mayo, Recruiting Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.