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What can I use Handshake for?

Handshake is a useful platform for:

  • finding jobs both on and off campus
  • making profiles that showcase a student's skills, experience, and research projects
  • uploading resumes, cover letters, and other important application materials for employers to see
  • scheduling appointments with our career counselors virtually
  • registering for fairs, events, and workshops hosted by CMU Career Services 

How can I apply for jobs on Handshake?

Applying for jobs in Handshake is easy.

  1. Students can simply look at the jobs tab on Handshake and use the filtering option to find which jobs appeal the most to them.
  2. Once a job has been found, students can view the job posting and review the necessary application materials.
  3. Uploading materials takes only a few minutes, then the student will be ready to apply for the job.


What makes a profile complete on Handshake?

To have a complete profile on Handshake, a student must have:

  • A profile picture
  • A completed “My Journey” biography
  • One or more job or volunteer experiences
  • One or more skills added to the “Skills” section
  • One or more courses added to the “Courses” section
  • One or more extracurriculars added to the “Organizations and Extracurriculars” section

Having a completed profile on Handshake can greatly increase the chances of interested employers viewing the profile and following up with employment or internship opportunities. 

My internship is being processed through Handshake, what should I do?

If a student's internship is being processed through Handshake then they should go talk to the Faculty Internship Coordinator of their department. They will give students directions to make an experience in Handshake. Additionally, students can visit our Internship page to learn more.