Handshake: Alumni FAQ's

Access and Login

Who can use Handshake?

Currently registered UC Berkeley Students, eligible alumni, postdocs and visiting student researchers registered with the VSPA program, and Degree Verification students are eligible. Only UC Berkeley students and alumni may participate in on-campus recruiting. 


Why should I use Handshake?

Handshake users have the ability to explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities. The platform changes to your customized needs, pushing out 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.

How do I access Handshake?

If you recently graduated from UC Berkeley you may be able to log in via CalNet.  If not, you can log in with your xxx@berkeley.edu email address and create a password. 

If you are within five years of graduation and are unable to access Handshake, please email us at cclogin@berkeley.edu for instructions.

What if I'm having problems logging in?

Only currently registered UC Berkeley students, eligible alumni, Degree Verification students, and postdocs & visiting student researchers registered with the VSPA office are eligible for Handshake and other Career Center services.
If you are within five years of graduation and are unable to access Handshake, please email us at cclogin@berkeley.edu for instructions.

Profile and Qualifications

The information about my major(s) is incorrect, incomplete or missing. Handshake tells me the field is "locked." How do I update the information?

The information about your major(s) was taken from your record in Student Information Systems (SIS). If you graduated from UC Berkeley and your major is incorrect in Handshake, please email the Career Center at cclogin@berkeley.edu for assistance.

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

On your profile page, click on the pencil iconnext to the “School Year” field, and make your selection from the dropdown menu. 

How do I add my GPA(s) to my profile?

The GPA fields are now unlocked, and you can now add your departmental and cumulative GPAs to your profile. To do so, click on the pencil icon next to "Primary Education" (top right on your profile screen) and enter your data. Be sure to scroll down and click "save" before leaving the page. It may take a few minutes for your GPA(s) to show on your profile.


I’m being blocked from applying for a job because of my qualifications (major, GPA…). What can I do?

Any eligible client who has access to Handshake can apply for any job in Handshake, regardless of qualifications. While no client is ever blocked from applying, you may not necessarily be fully qualified based on items such as major, GPA etc. However, you may see a system message that indicates you are missing a qualification. Please note that this will not stop you from submitting your application for any opportunity.

Can I save a search and have new results emailed to me?

You may save searches by going to the job posting module in Handshake.  Follow the steps outlined in the Handshake Help Center article about how to create a Saved Search.  You can select to receive an email with Saved Search results daily or weekly.

How do I upload my transcript? Or a work sample?

Click on your name in Handshake and you will see a link to Documents.  On that screen you will see prompts about how to upload transcripts or other documents.  It is usually fine to upload a pdf version of an unofficial transcript to attach to job applications in Handshake. 

What if I have other questions?

For other Handshake-related questions visit Handshake's Help Center.