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Handshake: Student FAQs

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Access and Login

Who can use Handshake?

Please refer to our eligibility guidelines and eligibility FAQ for up-to-date information.

 

When will incoming students get access to Handshake?

If you are a new eligible graduate student, your Handshake account will be created the first week of June.

If you are a new undergraduate student, your Handshake account will be created the first week of July.

IMPORTANT: Do not attempt to create a new account, as this will slow the process down.

How do I access Handshake?

Currently registered students & recent alumni: visit the Handshake login page and use the CalNet login option

Alumni (1-5 years out) and degree verification students: visit the Handshake login page, and click on the link that reads "You can also sign in with your email address" that appears below the blue box with the CalNet login link, then input the email address associated with your account. 

Postdoc/Visiting Scholar & Visiting Student Researcher: visit the Handshake login page, and click on the link that reads "You can also sign in with your email address" that appears below the blue box with the CalNet login link, then input the email address associated with your account. 

Why should I use Handshake?

Handshake users have the ability to explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities.  The platform changes to your needs, pushing out customized information that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences and major.  Handshake is also where you will apply for jobs, see relevant career articles, sign up for events and workshops and access the on-campus recruiting program.

Profile and Qualifications

I am unable to update Work Authorization so Handshake says my profile is not complete. What should I do?

The Career Center does not support employers’ use of automated screening of applicants on the basis of work authorization, and therefore does not include the work authorization field in the profile information available to employers (hence it is locked).

As a result, your profile (as is the case for all Berkeley students and alums) will never register as 100% complete. However, the extent to which your profile is complete is not visible to an employer even if you have chosen to make your profile “public,” and the red triangle you see in your profile (next to work authorization) will not handicap your ability to apply for a given job or internship.

Employers may include work authorization in their job ads, and look for that information in your resume and/or cover letter.

My school year is incorrect; how can I change it?

On your profile page, click on the pencil icon where your photo is located, and make your selection from the dropdown menu.