How do I create a user account and join an existing company?

Rob Midson -

Ready to create an account with Handshake?  Follow these steps to get started:


  1. Visit

  2. Select the "Employer" account type from the options presented

  3. Fill out the information requested then click Sign Up

  4. Enter your recruiting interests and Alma Mater to help us better understand how you'll use Handshake.  Then click Continue:
  5. Read the Employer Guidelines, Terms of Service, and Privacy Policy:
  6. If you are a third party recruiter select answer Yes, then review and agree to Handshake's third party recruiter policy to move forward.  If you are not a third party recruiter, select No.  Then, click Continue.
  7. Next, you will see the following screen, which contains instructions on how to verify your account via the email address you provided. The email should arrive within 10 minutes and will contain a link enabling you to confirm your account. You must click this link before you can proceed with the registration process. If you don't receive a confirmation email, see the steps outlined in this article.
  8. When the email arrives, click the Confirm Email button to verify your account.
  9. When you click the button in your confirmation email, you will be brought back to Handshake.  If your company already exists in our system, you'll see the following page.  You can click join to connect with that company.
  10. If this is not the right company, or if no company pre-populates, you can use the search bar to find your company.  If your company does not exist, you can click the Create New Company button. Read How do I create a company profile to learn more about completing your company profile in Handshake. 
    • If this is not your company and you think that an additional account should be opened for your domain you should reach out to to discuss opening an additional Handshake account. 
  11. Next, you will want to choose schools to connect to. Use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow down schools by rank, size and location. To request to connect with an individual school, click the + button in the corner of the school logo.  If you are interested in connecting with all schools in the Handshake network you can click Select All in the top right corner of the screen. 
  12. If you are not automatically connected with your company you will see the following message.  To learn more about being in a pending status at your company, read What does it mean to be "pending" at a school? 

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