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We’ve launched scheduled reports to a small beta group of testers—it will roll out to everyone in the coming weeks. This feature lets you schedule reports to be sent to external systems or stakeholders as an image, PDF, or CSV. This update will help you showcase the outcomes of your work with other team members and institutional leaders.
- Read more about scheduled reports here
- If you’re interested in beta testing, please discuss participating with your team. Then, fill out this form!
To help reduce confusion among students browsing events, we've hidden upcoming events (including virtual fairs) where student registration isn't open yet. You can still share the direct link to the event with students if you'd like.
“Fuel Your Job Search” Campaign
We’re running an email campaign for undergraduate students who have logged into Handshake at least once that promotes important actions, like following employers and saving jobs that help them get better recommendations and connect with recruiters. Learn more about the campaign here.
We highly encourage you to promote this campaign to students using your own marketing channels as well! The microsite gives an overview of the campaign, including details on how to participate. You can link to the page in emails and social posts. We’ve also created four social assets you can use as well.
We’ll also be posting about the campaign on our social channels through February—please repost us! Our handle is @joinhandshake.
Virtual Fair Schedule Editing
Employers can now add a new teammate and add new 1:1 sessions to their virtual fair schedule after it has been published, up to and during the fair itself.
To make schedule editing easier, we’ve also split available editing options into two dropdown menus—"Manage Team" and "Manage Sessions". They sit next to each other on the page. "Manage Team" allows you to invite a new team member, and remove or transfer a schedule. "Manage Sessions" allows you to create or edit group and 1:1 sessions.
Finally, when editing group session, the session time is now listed in addition to the session name. This will help employers differentiate between group sessions that have the same name when editing.
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QR Code Check In
In the coming weeks you’ll be able to generate an event QR code that can be used to check students in. Originally devised as a way to help mitigate check-in lines at in-person events, this update can also help you easily track attendance at virtual events. Simply display the QR code on a slide during your presentation and ask students to scan it as they arrive!
We’re building a new option to share a report link without having to save the report first. This is helpful if you’re building a one-off report, or if you want to share a report with another institution. If you share the link with another institution, the report will reflect the fields and filters you included but reflect that institution’s data, not yours.
FDS Name Data
When using the Download CSV option to download FDS results, we currently combine students' first and last names into one column. We are updating the Download CSV option so that First Name and Last Name are separate columns.
Targeted Emails Search Bar
We’re adding a search bar to Targeted Emails so that you can easily find old emails you’ve sent—especially helpful if you want to review or clone them.
If you click the “Record a Refund” button on an event or fair, you see a popup that lets you record the refund amount and make notes. The language on that popup suggests that you are actually issuing the refund. To reduce confusion, we’re updating the popup language so that it’s clear that you are only recording details of the refund.
Personal Email Support
We plan to allow students to share a personal email address that they’d like to use to receive emails from Handshake. This personal email would also be accessible to career services—a helpful way to stay in touch with students after they graduate.
Job Role List Update
We’re updating our list of job roles to take student and career services feedback into account, and to realign them with O*Net’s structure. The vast majority of changes involve merging or splitting existing job roles. It is important to note these changes if career services team runs reports using job roles.
Student Navigation Refresh
Later this spring, we’ll make some tweaks to the layout of the student experience to make it easier to navigate. Stay tuned for early mock ups.
Promoting Resume Uploads in Virtual Fairs
Building on our update reminding students to have an up-to-date resume ahead of attending a fair, we're adding a prompt to upload a resume after a student signs up for a session.
Updated Registration Page Language
If a fair is public to students but the student registration period hasn't started yet, the language on the page can be misinterpreted to suggest that students missed their opportunity to sign up. We're updating the language so that it's clearer that registration will open in the future.
We’re building a new tab in the Candidate Hub for premium employers. The “Your Candidates” page will be populated by students who have interacted with the employer in the past—students that follow the employer, have attended events, applied for jobs, and more. This will allow employers to better keep track of students over time and stay connected.
- In the future, we plan to build a version of “Your Candidates” for core (free) employers that will share some of this engagement information as well.
Industry List Updates
We’re planning to make some updates to our existing list of employer industries—stay tuned for more details.
Outreach to Students
Some students who attend employer events have a private account on Handshake, but still wish to connect with the employer. Premium employers currently have the ability to ask those students if they wish to share their email address for follow up—similar to collecting a list of interested email addresses at an in-person event. This update will allow employers to email those students who consented to sharing their email using Handshake.
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