September 27, 2022

What is Handshake and how to use it

With thousands of jobs and the ability to have your resume reviewed by professionals, Handshake is a free service for students that offers a wealth of opportunities. 

While being a student at Capital, you’ve probably seen multiple emails in your inbox telling you about something called Handshake. 

Handshake is the official platform that the Career Development department uses to connect students with employers across the nation. 

It contains some of the essential elements that can be found within LinkedIn, specifically when it comes to user profile customization. Users can upload their resume, list experiences, add a bio and much more.

In the upper left corner lies the job tab. Within this area, you can find over 9,000 job postings, ranging from full-time, part-time, internships, and on-campus work study positions. 

The Jobs section lists over 9,000 career opportunities. Screenshot taken by Robert Cumberlander.

“I really like how there are so many job opportunities that are available to students,” Jennifer Vrobel, associate director of Career Development, said. “Not only in the state of Ohio and Columbus, but also across the country and world.”

With the wealth of postings, it’s fortunate that there’s a bookmark feature that allows you to revisit the jobs that you’re most interested in.

In addition to the variety of job postings, there’s an even more important feature.

In the top right corner is a tab called “Career Center.” By clicking on this, the user can find all of the career resources provided by the University, such as booklets detailing how to write a resume, cover letter and much more. 

The Career Center page is home to a wealth of resources from Capital. Screenshot taken by Robert Cumberlander.

This area of Handshake is managed by the Career Development department on campus. It is here that you can schedule an appointment with a representative to review your resume, cover letter, or discuss graduate school and other future plans.

With safety concerns due to COVID-19, students may not feel comfortable coming into the Career Development office in Blackmore Library. Conveniently, there’s a feature to mitigate this.

“Handshake now offers virtual appointments so you don’t have to go through Zoom,” Vrobel said.

When scheduling an appointment, the user can opt for a video virtual meeting on the platform itself. Now, there’s no need to use multiple.

Handshake is a powerful stepping stone for finding work as you transition from your college career. Consider getting your resume checked with Career Development and take advantage of the 9,000 job postings.

  • Robert Cumberlander is the Editor-in-Chief of The Chimes and a senior at Capital University, majoring in Film and Media Production with a minor in Entrepreneurship and Journalism.

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