For Career Services…
Virtual Fair Launch Kit
The Virtual Fair Launch Kit is a repository of training and marketing materials you can use to ensure your virtual fairs on Handshake are a success. It also includes resources to share with your students and employer partners:
- Invite email templates to send to employers and students
- Training courses and webinars for career services and employers—we just added a shareable recording of our recent virtual fairs training for employers
- Blog posts to help your team, students, and employers prepare for virtual fairs
- Guides on how to staff your virtual fairs
- Help articles on product functionality
- And more!
Hate Group Flagging
Handshake is adding flags to employer accounts who have been identified by organizations like the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) or the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in order to proactively alert schools that these employers merit a second look before approval.
For Career Services...
Virtual Career Fairs—New Fair Creation Form
Prior to the launch of virtual fairs later this month, we’re 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.
- NOTE: The initial launch of virtual fairs will not include support for employers registering by division. We are aiming to have this option added by the end of August. We will also be removing the “included representatives count”, “maximum additional representatives count” and “additional representative cost” fields next Tuesday 7/21, as Handshake’s virtual fairs will allow up to 15-representative per employer to participate.
- Learn more about the virtual fair creation process here
- If you have any questions about virtual fairs on Handshake, consider joining our weekly virtual fairs office hours here or reach out to your relationship manager
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 1:1 and Group Sessions
The ability for employers to schedule virtual fair 1:1 and group 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.
- NOTE: Once employers have finalized their schedules, registered students will also be able to start booking 1:1 and group sessions!
- Read more about the virtual fair scheduling process for employers here
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.
Virtual Recruiting Tools
In addition to virtual fairs and the candidate hub, this fall we’ll be introducing a variety of tools to help employers navigate a virtual recruiting season. Read more here about how core (free) and premium employer partners can engage students virtually this fall.
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