This article details how employers can interact with students on Handshake once students activate their Handshake account. Employers may initiate interactions with students, depending on the profile privacy option the student has selected. For more information on this, refer to Profile Privacy Options in Handshake.
Employer Trust & Safety Requirements
We work hard to make sure employers contact students in a safe and secure manner. Handshake now vets new employers for legitimacy and monitors for fraud on an ongoing basis. This new validation process is backed by an industry leading fraud-prevention platform technology, and helps us maintain a credible network of employers without the trust score.
If there’s an employer in violation of our Terms of Service, our Trust & Safety team will review the employer’s account and suspend access if needed.
In order for employers to directly interact with students at your school, the school must approve the employer.
- If your school has partnered with Handshake, the Career Services team is responsible for reviewing each employer request. For more information on this process, refer to How do employers get approved at my school?
- If your school has not yet partnered with Handshake, and you’re part of the Handshake Open Network, any employer that's vetted via the fraud-prevention platform and has past activity on Handshake can interact with the Open Network.
If you encounter any suspicious activity from an employer, refer to Safety: Flagging an Employer on Handshake so that our Trust & Safety team may review and take appropriate action.
Employer Outreach Activities
Every type of activity an employer might take on Handshake has a prerequisite that helps strengthen the Trust & Safety on our network. These prerequisites are listed below:
- Employer must be approved at the school or for Open Network.
If a job posting is requested at a Handshake partner school, that school is responsible for reviewing and processing the job posting requests..
- For more information on how employers connect with students from the open network, refer to How to Connect with Handshake Open Network.
- Employer must be approved at the school or for Handshake's Open Network.
Employer must have an approved or expired job posting at your school, or on the platform for Handshake's Open Network.
- Note: Some schools block student messaging.
- Student must have interacted with the employer (via applying for a job, signing up for virtual fair sessions, or RSVPing for an event).
- Employer must be approved at school or for Open Network.
Student must have interacted with the employer (via applying for a job, signing up for virtual fair sessions, or RSVPing for an event).
- Note: there are a very small number of employers that have been individually vetted by our Trust & Safety and provided access to download public resumes without the above.
- Employer must be approved at school or for Open Network.
- To host an event in partnership with a school, employers must be approved at the school, and the school must approve the event to be hosted for it to be discoverable.
Host virtual fair sessions
- Employer must have an approved fair registration with the school, and students have signed up for the fair session(s).
- Employers that have been declined at a school won't be able to register for a fair or host sessions.
Employers with an approved fair registration with the school, will have the option to attend the fair.
- Note: employers can't view the registered student attendees list for a career fair.
- Employers with an approved fair registration with the school, will have the option to attend the fair.
- Employer must be approved at the school, and the school must have approved the interview schedule requested.
- Interviews can't be posted to the Handshake Open Network.
Employers may also use a combination of these methods in interaction — for example, an employer may message students in Handshake inviting them to an event or apply for a job, or download a student’s public resume after the student registers for an employer event or signs up for a session at a virtual fair.
How Employers Search for Students
To find students to message and/or download resumes from, an employer can use the following filters at schools the employer is approved at:
- School year
- Graduation date
- Labels (added by employers)
- Department GPA
- Students that have a public resume (limitations exist on which employers can download)
Premium Employer Partners
Some employers on Handshake are considered Premium partners — these employers have paid for Handshake usage and have been through additional vetting by our team. They have access to additional filters and tools to help them connect with students in a more meaningful way.
For more information on Handshake Premium product and features, please refer to Handshake’s Premium Employer Offering.
Our Premium partners have the additional filters below to search for students at approved schools:
- Location Interests
- Major Category
- Institution Type
- Diversity and Inclusion Focused Organizations
- Past Companies
- Past Job Titles
Premium partners can also create Segments (groups of anonymized, aggregated students and/or alumni at approved schools) based on filters that include:
- School, Profile keywords, Major keywords/group/category
- New grads/recent grads/interns
- student interests (Job Role, Industry, Job Type)
- GPA, Work Authorization, Organizations/Extracurriculars
- Achievements and Accolades
- Location Preference, Current Location
- Skills/Coursework/ work experience (job title or company)
Underrepresented Groups (based on Organizations, Gender, or institution types)
- Note: Employers aren't able to only select an Underrepresented Groups Organizations filter — this filter must be selected in conjunction with another filter.
When Premium partners use these Segment filters, they won't be able to view a list of student names that meet these criteria; however, these students will be able to be messaged, and student association with a particular segment filter may be inferred if the student responds to that employer’s message.
For more information, refer to How Employers Use Messaging with Students.
Information Employers have access to
Students are in full control of whether an employer can view their profile.
If a student selects Private, no other students or employers can view their profile — only career services staff.
If a student has selected the Employers or Community profile privacy option, then employers that are approved at their school will be able to view their profile. Employers will have access to the following information:
- School name, school year, graduation date, major, minor, college, GPA*
- Student GPA is never public unless the student expressly opts-in to make it public. If a student does choose to make their GPA public, this information is visible to employers only. Other students or alumni won't be able to view other students' GPA's, even if the GPA's are visible by employers.
- Work experience details
- Organizations / Extracurriculars
- When a student opts into specifying their pronouns, they'll be able to choose to share their pronouns with employers, other students, or both.
- For more information, refer to our blog post Student Gender Identity and Pronouns on Handshake.