The employer approval process for your institution primarily depends on whether your institution is Handshake-partnered or not.
If your institution has partnered with Handshake
If your institution has not yet partnered with Handshake
If your institution has not yet partnered with Handshake, and you’re part of the Handshake Open Network, then Handshake has approved those employers based on SIFT's recommendation and whether the employer has been approved by a Handshake Partner institution. For more information on how employers are validated on Handshake, refer to Understanding how Employers are Validated on Handshake.
Once employers are approved to connect with your institution, they can interact with you in a variety of ways, as detailed in Employer Interactions with Students. These interactions are dependent on your selected privacy setting as well as your interactions with the employer, i.e., applying for a posted job. For more information on privacy settings, please refer to Profile Privacy Options in Handshake.
Note: an employer being approved to recruit at your institution via Handshake doesn't guarantee employer legitimacy — we strongly recommend that you remain aware and alert throughout the career exploration process. For some recommendations to stay safe, check out Best Practices for Job Searches.