The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Career Center introduced a new tool on December 4, 2018, to connect students with future employers. Students now have access to Handshake—a career network tailored to college students. The digital platform system is easy to use and allows users to customize every step of their career development journeys, from searching jobs and internships to making appointments with the Career Center.
According to Lisa Henderson-Davis, director of Distributed Learning and the Career Center, “Handshake is an online job-recruiting platform that allows us to partner with employers to provide meaningful work opportunities for students seeking internships, part-time and full-time jobs.”
In Handshake, students set up their profiles with their names and majors and upload their work histories, educations, and resumes. They can specify which job fields they are most interested in, and they will get recommendations based on their backgrounds.
More than 300,000 employers—from Fortune 500 companies to startups—are already on Handshake, looking for students and recent graduates to fill job and internship openings. Additionally, more than 700 universities nationwide are using Handshake to help their graduates find jobs.
Joining is not automatic. Students must follow this link to activate their accounts. They can then log in to Handshake using their UA Little Rock NetIDs and passwords to complete their profiles and start connecting to new opportunities. To date, nearly 1,500 UA Little Rock students have activated their accounts.
On the first login, Handshake encourages students to upload their educations, employment histories, and extracurricular activities. Once the profile is completed, students can set their preferences to receive suggested jobs and/or internships in the cities and fields that interest them.
An app is also available in the Apple App Store and on Google Play so that students can receive timely notifications to their mobile devices on job application updates, career events on campus, and when their favorite companies post jobs.
Please visit UA Little Rock’s Handshake page for more information.