How to Connect with Handshake Open Network

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We are so excited to announce that Handshake is now open to all 4-year, accredited institutions in the United States. For the first phase of this new initiative, employers will be pre-qualified to post jobs to the Handshake Open Network based on their Trust Score and past activity on Handshake. We will continue to update our vetting process throughout Fall 2019, to create the best possible experience for students in the Open Network.

School Network Management: 

Once your employer is pre-approved, you will see all Handshake Open schools listed in the “Your Employer’s Schools” tab, and they will be identified as Handshake Open Schools via an easy search filter. 



We've built an update to the job form that will allow certain employers to post jobs to students from non-partner institutions in addition to partner institutions.  

When posting a job, if "Add All Schools" is selected, a checkbox will appear for "Include students in the Handshake Open Network", as seen below: 


While this update rolled out mid-summer, the job will not actually "post" until the end of August, when the Handshake Open Network officially launches. For now, it will be used to gauge employer interest in posting jobs this widely. 

When the job is posted successfully, employers will be able to view a blue information bar on the job show page that indicates the job is posted to Handshake Open students as well. 


All employers will see the option to post to students in the Handshake Open Network, but only employers that have been vetted by Handshake will be able to post their jobs to students in the Handshake Open Network. 

If an employer is not meeting the requirements now, but they eventually meet our requirements, their job postings will become visible to Handshake Open Network students at that time.   

Note: Employers will only see the option to post to Handshake Open Network students if they've chosen to target all partner schools they're connected to.  If they are targeting their posting to a subset of schools they're connected to, they will not see the option.


Only our Premium Employer partners will be able to post a public event to the Handshake Open Network. In order to share an event with students in the Handshake Open Network, you’ll need to create the event as off-campus or virtual, then you can share that link with specific students. As long as the students are signed in, they’ll be able to see and register for the event using the link you shared! 

For our core users, to learn more about premium, click here: About Handshake's Premium Employer Offering

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