The Student On-boarding Experience

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Handshake has redesigned the on-boarding experience for new students to better set them up for success. This new experience not only looks brighter and cleaner, but it will also help you to showcase your skills and experience to employers.  


1. Claiming accounts in Handshake is how we allow students to decide to share their information publicly to employers and other students in the network. Whether a student decides to become public in Handshake is entirely their decision and is also a decision they can easily change later.

When you click that you want employers to be able to find and view your profile, you are consenting to the section of our terms of service and claiming your own account. By doing so, you take ownership of the FERPA data and choose to share it.
Here is how it works in the system. 


1. Upon agreeing to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, students are presented with the profile visibility options. Screen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.16.07_AM.png


2. Employment optionsScreen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.17.24_AM.png

3.  Location Screen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.18.02_AM.png

4. Industries Screen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.18.29_AM.png

5. We ask the student what they are looking for in a company. For more information on this, please refer to the last section of this article: Employer Attributes in On-Boarding



6. Types of jobsScreen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.19.33_AM.png 


7. SkillsScreen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.21.06_AM.png



8. For schools who have synced their coursework data with Handshake, students will be able to easily select from their courses the courses they'd like to share with employers. Employers can then search for students who've taken certain courses. For certain majors, you will see a generic list of courses you can add. The courses there are the ones that if you've taken, employers are interested in reaching out. 


9. GPA 


10. Clubs or Organizations Screen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.22.40_AM.png

11. Work/Volunteer history



12. Interesting jobs: Students have the opportunity to mark jobs as interesting or not interesting to help us better personalize their job recommendations. Screen_Shot_2020-01-06_at_11.23.48_AM.png

We include this section below on their profile to make it 100% clear to students if they are currently public and thus allowing their information to be viewed.
This is the state of the profile status section of their profile when it is public to employers:
And this is the state of the profile status section of their profile when it is private to employers:
Overall, when a student decides to share their profile, they are taking ownership of all of the data on that profile. That information no longer needs to be protected by the university's FERPA responsibility and is owned by the students. 
According to the Department of Education, students have the right "to have access to his or her education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, the right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the records."

Employer Attributes in On-boarding


How did you generate this list of attributes? We asked a diverse group of students from several different universities around the country what was important to them in an employer and used their own words to generate this list. We then asked questions around what type of companies exist to further expand on the individual sections. We also did a text analysis of reviews that had been submitted by students about employers to pull out the words most used by students to describe those employers.

Who can see my responses? Employers will be able to search for students based on their responses. They will only be able to search for students who have selected a certain attribute. They will not be able to filter out students who have selected a certain attribute.

Why are the choices capped at five? Without the cap, people selected too many for it to be a helpful criteria. It is like the old saying - if everything is valuable than nothing has value.

Can I change my answer? At this time you cannot change your responses after on-boarding. This will be coming shortly.

Will this information be on my profile? At this time the information will not be visible on the student profile.


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