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Cast a wider net and improve your odds of finding the right talent by engaging candidates from any institution in the country—and not just Handshake partner institutions.
Handshake Open Basics
What is the Handshake Open Network?
Students at universities in the UK that have not partnered directly with Handshake. All student emails must be “.ac.uk”, and are validated before account creation.
In the future, it will include many other kinds of higher education institutions.
Who has access to the Open Network?
Permissions work a bit differently for Handshake Open, since we don’t have institution partners to moderate our employer community.
Right now there is a set list of employers who can message Open Students, based on their past interest and high Trust Score. Please contact your customer success manager if you would like to be added to this list.
Handshake Open Functionality
1. Create Lists with Open Schools
Once you have access to the Open Network, you’ll see Handshake Open institutions show up in your “Employer Approvals” tab. You can filter them out with one click:
Or add them to your Institution Lists, like you would any other institution:
2. Campaign to Open Students
By default, Open Students will automatically appear as a part of your Segments. You can filter them out with one click:
Or include them in your Segments and Campaigns. You can also choose a specific Open Institution, or add a List including Open Institutions:
3. Search & Message Open Students
Open Students will appear in Student Search normally. You can filter them out with one click:
Or include these students normally. Note - Open Student profiles are all validated by their .ac.uk email, but their academic data is not. Students are responsible for entering their own course, level, graduation date etc.
4. Include Open Institutions in your Job Postings
Finally, you can post your jobs to the Open Network to cast a wider net. If you’ve selected “Add All Schools” for your jobs, simply leave the “include the Open Network” box checked: