Handshake is a powerful online career platform designed to help students and alumni connect with employers and find job and internship opportunities.

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Student Guide

Schedule an Appointment
Follow the steps in the following guide to request an appointment with a career counselor via desktop or mobile! 

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Search for Jobs and Internships
Handshake is a powerful tool for searching entry-level jobs and internshipsLearn about Handshake's search functionality to help strengthen your search skills.  

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Discover Events & Fairs
Employers and career center post their recruitment and career development events on Handshake Events Board. Explore and find events to build up your skills and networks!

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  1. Complete your profile: Make sure your Handshake profile is complete and up-to-date with all the necessary information. This will help potential employers or connections get a better sense of who you are and what you have to offer.

  2. Customize your job search: Use Handshake's search filters to customize your job search and find opportunities that match your interests and qualifications. You can filter by job type, location, industry, and more.

  3. Attend events: Handshake offers a variety of events, such as career fairs, employer information sessions, and workshops. Attending these events can help you connect with employers and learn more about specific industries or job opportunities.

  4. Network with employers: Handshake allows you to connect with employers directly through the platform. If you're interested in a particular company or job opportunity, reach out to the employer to introduce yourself and express your interest. You can also follow companies or save job postings to stay up-to-date on their latest news and opportunities.

  5. Use Handshake regularly: Finally, make sure to use Handshake regularly to stay on top of new job postings, events, and other opportunities. Set up job alerts and check in regularly to make sure you're not missing out on any potential leads.

Employer Guide

Getting Started with Handshake
At ECS, we coach students to find jobs and events on Handshake. Learn about how to create an employer account and connect with University of Illinois on Handshake!

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ECS Handshake Guide for Employers
ECS has created a guide which includes various informational links to help you successfully utilize the platform’s many features. Topics include, accessing events & fairs, on-campus interviews, job posting, and student job applications.

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Faculty/Staff Guide

If you are a Grainger College of Engineering faculty or staff interested in creating a Handshake account, please follow the instructions below:

Please contact ECS staff members (ecs@engineering.illinois.edu) to help you create a mock student account with your provided name and email address.

Please contact ECS staff members (ecs@engineering.illinois.edu) for an invitation link to create a staff member account under the Grainger College of Engineering employer account.