Handshake Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I make a Handshake account if I already have a LinkedIn account?
Handshake has the most opportunities for students and new college grads of any job platform and is the only one that lets employers recruit specifically at your school. All the jobs are posted just for students, which means you aren’t competing against professionals with 5+ years of experience. No experience is required.
Why should I fill out my Handshake profile?
Handshake will give you personalized job recommendations based on the information you provide on your profile—so you can find jobs and internships that are right for you.
Recruiters are five times more likely to proactively reach out to you with job opportunities and event invitations if your profile is complete.
How do I activate my Handshake profile?
Use your Duck ID to log in at uoregon.joinhandshake.com then follow the prompts to complete your profile. Having trouble logging in? Email handshake@uoregon.edu
Which parts of my Handshake profile are most important to fill out?
In addition to your major, Handshake also uses your job interests to recommend opportunities to you. Job interests include:
  • Job type: Looking for an on-campus job, internship, part-time job, or full-time job? You can choose more than one.
  • Preferred location: Select the cities you would like to work in, and Handshake will show you jobs in that area.
  • Job role: Choose at least three positions you would like to explore, like “marketing associate” or “data analyst.”
What are the top things employers search for?
Beyond your job interests, employers want to know:
  • Previous work experience: Have you had a part-time job, internship, work-study, research position and or volunteered? Employers like to see that you’ve taken on responsibility and that these experiences have helped you develop valuable skills.
  • Skills: Add technical skills like SQL along with soft skills like communication. The more skills you list, the better your chances are of showing up in an employer search.
  • Clubs and organizations: These signal your specific interests, affinity groups, and participation and involvement on campus.
Tip: Employers use a combination of job interests, work experiences, skills, organizations, and courses to find candidates they’d like to connect with. Show up in more searches by filling them out!
Why should I make my profile public?
Help employers find you. If your profile is public, you’ll show up in searches when they’re recruiting for jobs and internships.
Connect with and mentor other students. Help other students along their career journeys by making your own visible. And allow them to reach out.
Don’t worry, your profile will not be public to employers that have not been approved by your school or to anyone without a Handshake account.
Can I use Handshake on my phone?
Yes! Download the Handshake App to search and apply for jobs right from your phone. Get notified and never miss a message from an employer, be the first to see new job postings, and apply in two taps with Quick Apply. 
What is the best way to use keyword searches and filters?
Narrow down and customize your job search. Filter through jobs by criteria such as job type, location, work authorization, and industry.
Keyword search helps you find jobs whose description includes a word that you’re looking for. For example, if you search for the keyword “accounting,” you will see jobs where the word accounting appears in the posting.
Tip: Save your searches to quickly access a set of filters you’ve used in the past!
How do I get help with Handshake?
Email handshake@uoregon.edu for help.
How do I get started in Handshake?
Getting Started with Handshake
What should I do first?
Handshake How-To: First five days on Handshake
How do I search for jobs?
Handshake How-To: Searching for Jobs