HANDSHAKE: Employer Networking Nights & Career Fairs

Account Setting

  • Your Handshake account profile visibility must set to “Community” or “Employers” for the duration of the event.

Event Registration

  • Registration via Handshake is required to participate in any Employer Networking Night or Career Fair.
  • Refer to each individual listing for when event registration opens.

Group Setting and 1:1 Registration

Handshake’s virtual career fair interface allows for students to engage with employers in either a group setting (by attending a 30 minute group discussion/presentation) and/or an individual setting (by attending a 10-minute 1:1 session with a representative from the host organization).

  • You can sign up for a group session and a 1:1 session with the same company.
  • You can schedule more than one individual session (1:1) with the same company, but not with the same representative.
  • Check Handshake daily as employer(s) continue to add group and/or 1:1 sessions – and be sure to register!  You can sign up for 1:1 sessions until the end of the event.
  • When you sign up for a session, please make sure you attend during your reserved time. Employers receive reports of who registers and who attends their events through Handshake. Also, the UCS will receive a report of slots reserved and not attended.

Bonus Tip – Resume

Employers do not have access to your resume through the Handshake event platform; they only have access to your Handshake profile. A quick workaround is to have a link created to a PDF of your resume that you can share in the chat during a 1:1 session. Here’s how you do it!

  1. Upload a PDF version of your resume to your google drive (or any other cloud-based storage you use).
  2. Copy the share link to a word document or some other place you can easily access during your 1:1.
  3. If you choose to rename the link to a shortened version, use Bitly or another similar application. (Renaming the link in the word document will not copy correctly to the chat feature on Handshake).
  4. Have the link copied to your clipboard and ready to share when attending your 1:1 sessions.

Additional Tips

    • Web Browsers: Google Chrome and Firefox are the recommended browsers to utilize to interface with Handshake’s career fair platform.
    • I-Pad’s: Handshake virtual events will not work on an iPad.
    • Virtual Backgrounds: Virtual backgrounds do not work with the Handshake career event video platform.
    • Networking: Handshake has functionality that allows you to connect and network with students from other schools who may have interned and worked for companies that may be of interest to you.
    • Employer Messaging: Employers can message you directly through the Handshake tool. Make sure you check your message center (upper right hand corner).