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Marketing Toolkit Updates
The Marketing Toolkit is your go-to repository for pre-built marketing collateral—one pagers, presentations, videos, social media assets, and more—you can use to promote Handshake to your students. We’re continuing to add new assets on a rolling basis, with the virtual job search as a key topic. Recently, we’ve added:
- Links to more blog posts for students about navigating a virtual career search and companies that are hiring on Handshake
- A pre-built Instagram video series on job search best practices in the Social Media Assets section
- A series of quick video tutorials on subjects like profile completion, peer messaging, and applying for jobs
Redesigned Help Center
We’ve completely redesigned our Help Center to make it easier to get answers to your questions.
- See recently viewed and related articles at a glance
- Follow help center sections to get notified when new articles are published
- Review the status of your support tickets in one place
In June, we released the following accessibility updates:
- Keyboard focus is indicated visually: We added default focus states across Handshake with cross-browser support.
- Focus order of interactive elements on the page is more logical: We updated a few pages to ensure the tab-able order of elements go left to right, up to down.
- Fieldsets for groups of form controls are provided throughout the product: We’ve updated inputs that were grouped visually to be grouped programmatically for our users who rely on screen readers to access the site. We were able to address a number of one-offs here, but more improvements to our commonly used form components will be coming in July.
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Virtual Career Fairs
We are developing a virtual solution to replace in-person fairs that we plan to launch in full later this month. Prior to the larger launch, we’re also planning to roll out a redesigned career fair creation form that includes guided steps to take if you’re converting an in-person fair to a virtual fair—more details to come. In the meantime, check out the following resources on virtual fairs:
- Watch the demo of our virtual fairs features here
- Use this email template to invite employers to your virtual fair—the template also includes a link for an employer-specific virtual fair training webinar on July 16th!
- Review our help documentation on virtual fairs here
- Learn more about our weekly virtual fairs office hours here
Employer Messaging Dashboard
To give you an even more comprehensive picture of employer engagement on Handshake, we’re building a new dashboard that shares which companies are messaging your students and which types of students are seeing the most engagement.
- Read more about how students engage with employer messages here
- Read more about how we keep messaging safe for students here
Saved & Scheduled Reports
Building on the merged reports and data definitions updates, we’ll be adding the ability to:
- Save your favorite reports in Handshake and access a repository of saved report templates created by Handshake.
- Schedule reports to be sent to external systems or stakeholders (as an image, PDF, or CSV) on a regular cadence.
Virtual Career Fairs—Scheduling Notification
The ability for employers to schedule virtual fair group and 1:1 sessions will be going live in the coming weeks. Once it is released, Handshake will send a notification email to all employers with an approved registration for a virtual fair letting them know that they’re able to log into Handshake and set up their schedules. From that point onward, we will automatically send the notification email to employers as soon as their virtual fair registration is approved.
In order to encourage recruiters to find new students on Handshake, we’re developing a hub that will help them discover which students would be good candidates for their open positions and reach out with thoughtful messaging.
- We’re also planning to introduce candidate digest emails, highlighting great students for employers to review.
- This feature will be available both for free and premium employers. Premium employers will have access to more advanced filtering, and to a comprehensive overview of past engagements with students—messages sent to the students, jobs they’ve applied for, events they’ve attended, whether they follow the employer, and more.
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