What’s New for Students in Summer 2017?

Mallory Wheaton -


We’re launching three new student products this summer: A New Dashboard, Mobile and Campus Profiles.  We want to make sure you’re fully equipped to answer questions on and promote these new products so we’ve included an overview, and FAQ below! We also have a new Student Launch ToolKit to help you promote these new products.

We hope that you’re as excited as we are for the unveiling of these exciting changes.  As you start to think about getting the word out, we hope you remember these main things:

  • Promote the Handshake app to all students (emails, event invites, and on campus)
  • Print and distribute this digital poster, flyer and table tent to spread the word
  • Use this copy and imagery for your website and social channels
  • Don’t worry about emailing students about the changes (we’ll take care of that!)


The New Student Dashboard

What’s new on Student Dashboards? The new student dashboard moves from search to discovery. The big change we’ve made to students’ dashboards is adding collections of jobs that are pushed to students.  They’re prebuilt searches that we display to students based on their individual profiles, preferences and activity!  Examples include: Jobs Near Campus, Jobs in Locations You’re Interested In and Recommended for You.  We want to help students shift away from spending hours hunting and pecking for jobs by pushing curated lists right to their dashboards and to their phones.  

Why is the New Dashboard Important:

  1. Students aren’t sure what types of jobs might interest them.  We want to help them realize all sorts of potential career paths.
  2. Students are more than their major and GPA.  By collecting profile data, career interests and activity, we’re hoping these collections help students go beyond standard search criteria in their job discovery process.  

When is the New Dashboard Launching: Students can expect to see their dashboards change mid-August.

 Old Student Dashboard:Old_Dash__1_.png  New Student Dashboard:


Student Dashboard FAQs

What does this change for students? Discovery will appear on the student’s Dashboard, when they click Home or the Handshake logo.  Some of the links (for Jobs and Events) that they are used to seeing on the left will be moved to the top of the page.  Appointments, Resources, Career Fairs will be moved under a Career Center drop-down at the top of the page.  

What determines the jobs different students see in their dashboards? Through student’s Onboarding flow, Career Interest Section, Profile, and their activity on the system we gather a ton of data on students preferences.  We use that data to curate collections for them!

Does Discovery work for all students regardless of field of study? Yes! We’re hoping that Discovery will aid all students, regardless of concentration by going beyond major to define potential career paths.

Can a student modify collections they see? Can I as the Career Center Modify them? While students can’t directly remove collections, they can favorite the ones they like!  Career Centers can’t modify collections on behalf of students.  We hope that we can drive enough student activity to make them as helpful and accurate as possible.

Can I still pin things? Yes!  You can see from the screenshot below that the location of pins may have moved around a bit, but the functionality will remain.  

How can I help students enhance their job search experience? Fill out their profile.  The more information we have about them and their experience, the better we can be at recommending jobs.



What is Mobile: Handshake is launching its first ever student mobile app in late-August!  With Handshake’s first true application, we’re going beyond mobile-optimized web pages for students.  Our initial app rollout will be focused on the student’s job discovery process.  Students will use it to explore jobs, favorite them and then apply! Students will also receive notifications for applications deadlines and messages from employers.

Why is Mobile important: Students are mobile! And we want to meet them where are while making the job search process more approachable, perhaps even fun.  By pushing recommendations and collections to students, we’ll capture their attention, resulting in greater engagement and better results.  

When will the Mobile app be live: The new mobile app launches late August! There is some variability with this date as the app store needs to review and give their stamp of approval. Please start spreading the word among students, no need to wait until it’s officially live.

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Mobile FAQ

Is the mobile app just for students? What about for Career Services and Employers? Right now, our newest app is just for students.  Career Services and Employers are welcome to continue using our standard web-optimized app (App Store: Handshake for Career Services).

How are desktop and mobile different? Mobile is focused on job discovery. Exploring jobs, favoriting and then applying. While all Handshake features (Career Center, Settings, Etc.) are mobile optimized (i.e. can be opened easily on a mobile device), clicks beyond the job search process will take students to a web browser.  So, if they’re looking to find, favorite and apply for jobs on the go - the mobile app is ideal. But if they’re looking to deeply customize their profile we’d recommend desktop. In this way, the mobile app increases traffic to Career Services.

 Dashboard on Desktop VS Dashboard on Mobile:Mobile_vs_Desktop.png

When will mobile app be available on Android? We want to make sure we get the initial launch perfect and benefit the greatest number of students!  For that reason, we’ll be launching to IOS (iPhones) first, which represent 80% of Handshake students, and we’ll launch on Android in 2018.

Does mobile work on all iPhones? Handshake’s app will work on iPhone 4s or later and on those operating on iOS 9 or above!  It will not run on iPads at this time.

When will the Career Fair functionality be available? Our engineers are hard at work building the ability for students to see employers and booth maps in an app!  While it won’t be included in the initial release, it will be live mid-September, well in time for your spring career fairs. If you use other solutions, such as CareerFair Plus, we wouldn’t recommend switching until we have complete functionality.

Campus Profiles

What are Campus Profiles: Students have always been able to make their profiles public to employers, and now can opt-in separately to make their profiles public to their peers, thus facilitating peer to peer learning.  Only students who opt-in to campus profiles can only see the profiles of other students who have also opted-in at their school.

Why are Campus Profiles Important: We want to enable peer to peer learning amongst all students! Students might not know what kind of work experience or projects to include on their profile. They may also be curious about potential paths for a given major. Now they'll be able to learn from other students at their institution instead of struggling to fill it out alone or requiring a career counseling appointment. In turn, you’ll have a great impact on students.

When are Campus Profiles Launching? Campus profiles will launch with the new dashboard in mid-August.

How to Opt-In to Campus Profiles:



 What a blocked profile looks like:


 What a public profile looks like:

Public_Gate_option1_Copy_2.pngCampus Profiles FAQ

Are campus profiles school specific? Yes, students who opt-in to campus profiles will only be able to see other students who have opted-in at their institution.  A student can only see another student's profile if that student has also opted-in. Again, the goal is to enable peer to peer learning while increasing profile completion rate and scaling the impact of Career Services.

How do students opt in to campus profiles? In settings, there is a separate opt-in option to make your profiles public to other students. All students’ profiles are defaulted to private.  

What information can students see on other students’ profiles?  Students can see each others' School Year, Graduation Date, College, Major, Work Experience, Organizations/Extracurriculars, Courses, Projects and Skills.  They cannot see each others' GPA, Work Authorization, Email address, Ethnicity, Gender, Hometown or Documents such as resumes.

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