Handshake: Employer FAQ's
What is Handshake?
Handshake is the fast and powerful recruiting platform for sourcing UC Berkeley students and alumni. It uses cutting edge technology to better connect you with qualified candidates.
Use Handshake to post job and internship listings, register for career fairs, manage on-campus recruiting, advertise your events, and message students and alumni who meet your qualifications. You will also be able to promote your brand more effectively by customizing your employer profile, job postings, and events to be more visually appealing to students.
What if I need help with Handshake?
- Review Handshake’s support articles
- Participate in Handshake webinars
- Review the FAQs below
- Create a ticket for Handshake support
- Contact us at the Career Center with additional questions
Other Frequently Asked Questions
Handshake offers a thorough article describing how to register and get started. Make sure you select University of California Berkeley as one of your schools. Once you've requested to connect with Berkeley it can take up to 3-5 days to approve your account.
Handshake has an article on best practices for getting approved at schools.
Under normal circumstances it typically takes 3-5 days to process pending employer approval requests. If your request is not complete in this timeframe, please log into Handshake and check your notifications for any comments on your registration. If the registration is incomplete, e.g. there is no web site address or the email domain does not match your company, there can be a delay in approval.
If you have an urgent need to post a job or internship listing for Berkeley students, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-642-0464.
I registered as a new user for my employer and I’m waiting for someone to approve me. How do I get approved?
Each contact in your organization with a Handshake user profile will receive an email and can approve you. If, for some reason this is not possible, you can contact the Career Center directly for more help.
We are listed in the Handshake system as University of California Berkeley. Try typing "Berkeley" to narrow down your search.
Read this Handshake article for assistance on how to switch to the correct organization.
Your job will not actually post to a school and show up under Job Postings until your account is approved at a particular school. You should be able to find all jobs under Postings/Jobs/All.
Make sure you have a descriptive job title, e.g., Customer Service Assistant instead of just Assistant. The job duties and qualifications should be clear and specific. To help you promote the position, you can reach out to student organizations or consider using our Student Email Service to send a targeted email.
In Handshake, click Fairs on the left menu. To find upcoming Berkeley fairs, search for “Berkeley” in the key word field. Click on the fair name, then the "Register" button on the next page.
In Handshake, click Fairs on the left menu and then select "Show Registered Only." We recommend you click “Follow Career Fair” on fairs you’ve registered for to receive updates and easily find them in the future.
Please visit this page for step-by-step instructions on booking info sessions. It is your responsibility to find a venue, make all of the arrangements with that venue, then notify the Career Center.
Once you have finalized all of the details, post the event on Handshake by going to "Create an Event" from your Handshake home page. If you do not see this option, email email@example.com to ask for permission to "post events" on Handshake. Also consider using our Student Email Service to send a targeted email to students in Handshake.