A generic email is any email address that use domains such as yahoo.com, hotmail.com, gmail.com, icloud.com, or others. These domain names are not typically desired by Career Services due to the high amount of fraudulent employer accounts associated with these addresses. However, the Handshake team understands that some companies, such as franchises growing businesses, or household profiles use these email domains to carry out their business.
Although we will always recommend a company domain email address, you may create a company profile using a generic email domain. (Note: The one exception to this, is if you are looking to create a household/babysitting/caretaker type posting. See more details on this at the bottom of this article.)
You will see an error when signing up while using a generic email, but please note that this is just a warning, and not an error. It will not keep you from signing up with a generic email address.
Once you have made the profile, spend some extra time to make sure everything is complete with accurate and updated information, and maybe even take the time to upload your logo and banner for a beautiful first impression! It makes it worth it in the long run!
If you are struggling to join an existing company because you have a generic email address, you will need to be approved and added manually to the profile in Handshake by the Owner. In these cases, please reach out to support and provide us with your company's name, exactly how it is spelled in Handshake. Please also provide the location you'd like to join, if there are more than one. We can then provide you with the Owner's contact information for further assistance in getting connected.
How to Post Personal, Babysitter, Household, or Caretaker Jobs
Please review our tips below if you would like to post personal type jobs on Handshake. These typically include jobs such as babysitting, personal, caretaker, tutoring, etc.
Some schools actually create a specific company profile for users such as yourself to join, so we strongly recommend reaching out to Career Services first to see learn about their best practices.
If you'd like to proceed in creating a specific Employer account for your personal job(s), we do recommend creating an account with your personal email. Please see the steps above on how to do this.
A Company Profile with a working website is required on Handshake when creating an employer account.
- For a company name, we see several users fill something like "LASTNAME Family".
- Since you wouldn't have a website for this type of job posting, you could potentially use your Facebook, LinkedIn, or any other social media profile as your website to bypass this required field.
The goal is to show the school staff and students that you are a real person despite not having an "official" company, because you will need to be approved by the school you're interested in posting your job to.