What is pending status at a school?

Jade Pathe -

After joining Handshake, creating your profile and connecting with your company, you’ll need to get permission to connect with schools in order to begin the recruiting process.  To learn more read How do I search for schools and request approval?  

As soon as you request approval, you’ll be placed in “Pending” status until the school’s Career Services staff approves (or rejects) your request to connect with the school.  While you’re in Pending status, you won’t be able to interact with students at the school, post events, or create interview schedules at the school. You are welcome to create a job posting, but you won’t actually be able to post it to the school (and its students) until you are approved.

If the school chooses to approve your request, they will give you specific permissions of activities you can engage with at the school (called “roles”). To learn more read What are the permissions a school can assign?  

Each school has it’s own has its own policy regarding employer approval time frames, although most try to approve employer requests within a couple of business days. If you have an immediate need to engage with the school and have not received approval, please contact the school’s Career Services team. (You can find their contact information on the left hand side of the school’s profile).

Unfortunately, Handshake is unable to change an employer’s status at a school.  If you require expedited approval or have been denied access to a school, contacting the school’s Career Services staff directly is the quickest way to expedite your approval.

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