Employers may send you messages on Handshake. These messages include, but aren't limited to, event invitations, promotional campaigns, and recruiting messages.
- If your school is a Handshake partner, the employer will need to have at least one approved or expired job posting at your school before being able to message you.
- If your school is not a Handshake partner, and you are a part of the open network, the employer will need to have at least one approved or expired job on the Handshake platform before being able to message you.
Employers can only send proactive messages to you if your profile privacy is set to Employers or Community. For more information on privacy settings on Handshake, refer to Profile Privacy on Handshake.
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 tools to help them connect with students in a more meaningful way. Click the expandable header below to learn more about how premium employer partners may choose to connect with you on Handshake!
Premium Employer Partners
Premium Partners can create Segments: subsets of students/alumni who might be a good fit for the employer’s open roles. These students might match certain criteria, have interests aligned with a role, or add representation and diversity to a team.
Note: when Premium Partners use these segment filters, they can’t view any student names or specific profiles that meet these criteria; however, they may be able to infer student associations based on a particular segment filter.
Segment filters may include fields from student profiles including education information, work experience, organizations, extracurriculars, gender, and achievements, or accolades. They may also include interests you selected such as Industry, Job Type, Job Role, or location.
For more information, check out our blog post Student Gender Identity and Pronouns on Handshake.
Premium partners that segment by student organizations have the option to select Underrepresented Groups Organizations as a further filter. This filter must be selected in conjunction with another filter and can never be selected on it’s own.
- Learn more about using messages in How to Use Messages in Handshake.
- Discover how to proactively connect with employers in Messaging Employers in Handshake.
- To learn more about Responding to an employer message, check out Responding to an Employer Message on Handshake.
- To report an employer message, refer to Safety: Report a Message.