Document Status in Handshake

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Your career center may choose to approve the documents you upload, whether or not those documents are visible on your profile.

To see your uploaded documents and status of each, click on your account icon in the upper-right corner of Handshake, then click on Documents from the dropdown menu.



Document statuses

There are four possible statuses your document can have within Handshake: Pending, Approved, Changes Required, and Changes Suggested.

Pending: This indicates that your document is pending review by your career center. You can still apply to jobs with a pending document, but please note that depending on your career center's preferences, your application may not be fully submitted until the document is approved. This means that the employer likely won't see your application until the document is approved. For additional information, you should reach out to your career center.


If your document has been pending for over a week, you can click on the name of the document, and on the following page, click on the button for Reach Out, located in the yellow banner at the top of the page.


Note: If the documents aren’t approved before by the career center by the application close deadline, the application is withdrawn, and you will be notified.


Approved: This status indicates your career center has reviewed your document, and it is approved for normal usage.


Changes Required: This indicates that your career center requires changes to be made to the document. Once the changes have been made, you can upload the new version to Handshake. 



Changes Suggested: This status shows that there are recommendations suggested by your career center, but they are not required in order to use your document in Handshake. 


Activity and Comments

Career Services users can also leave comments on your documents. Click on the document name, then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the comments made.



Ready to apply for a job? Check out Apply for a Job in Handshake for more details!

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