For information about all virtual fair updated recently released and coming soon, check out our Virtual Fair Release Notes. They are updated daily!
For Career Services…
Multi-School Event Confirmation
If you choose to share an event, fair, or interview with another school, it is automatically shared with that school’s students. There is no process for the receiving school to approve or decline it. We’ve added a checkbox to help remind the sharing school to check with the receiving school before sharing.
“View Sessions” Dashboard Banner
On the day of your virtual fair, a banner will appear on your dashboard with a link to the Session Details page. That link now also automatically applies the “In progress” filter, so that you immediately see sessions that are happening now.
Fair Creation Form—Public Fair Description
We’ve updated language on the career fair creation form to better describe public fairs. Now, when you choose to make a fair public, you’ll see the following description: Show this fair to all Handshake students (including students at other schools).
Follow Employer with No Virtual Fair Schedule
When looking at the Available Sessions page, students now see the option to follow an employer that has not set up their schedule yet. Students who follow the employer will get a notification email when the employer sets up their schedule. This update is currently live for 20% of students.
Virtual Fairs Accessibility
As we’ve rolled out new virtual fair updates this fall, we’ve concurrently worked to keep video features accessible. Examples include:
- Ensuring everything can be navigated by keyboard
- Adding text alternatives to all images
- Adding accessible names to all icon and buttons
- Ensuring all icons and labels are available to screen readers
- Establishing clear hierarchy and headers
- Optimizing for smaller resolutions (320 x 256) to guarantee students aren’t blocked from any key workflows
On-Campus Interviews Page
We’ve moved the On-Campus Interviews page so that it now lives as a tab within the Events page, rather than the Jobs page.
To simplify Handshake's interface, we've removed the global search bar that was available at the very top of the page for students. It had low usage and most pages in Handshake (like Jobs and Events) have their own local search bars.
Candidate Hub for Core Employers
In order to encourage recruiters to find new students on Handshake, we’ve developed a hub that will help them discover which students would be good candidates for their open positions and reach out with thoughtful messaging. Versions of the hub are now available for premium and core employers.
- Read about the Candidate Hub for Core Employers here
- Read about the Candidate Hub for Premium Employers here
For Career Services...
Later this fall, you’ll be able to 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 this fall with other team members and institutional leaders.
New IP Addresses
By the end of the year, Handshake will begin sending some of our existing notification emails from new IP addresses. The scheduled reports feature described will also send reports using a new email address. To ensure that your team and your students continue receiving emails as expected, you should add these new IP and email addresses to your school’s “allowed” list. Please share the following instructions with your IT contact:
Allow the following IP addresses:
Additionally, please allow traffic to smtp.sendgrid.net on port 587 and add firstname.lastname@example.org to your “allowed” list.
Sharing Reasons for Job Recommendations
We’re updating some of our digest emails to include reasons why a particular job was recommended to a student. Reasons include the student’s skills and career interests.
Group Sessions Sign Ups
We’re updating virtual fairs to allow students to sign up for group sessions after they’ve started.
Job Role Filter
We plan to replace the existing job function filter with a job role filter on the job search page.
Earlier this year, we built a new model to recommend virtual fair sessions to students, based on their career interests and Handshake profile data. We’re expanding that model so that it can recommend all types of events on Handshake. Implementing this model will allow students to sort events by relevance in Handshake.
Candidate Digest Emails
As an extension of the Candidate Hub, we’re planning to introduce weekly candidate digest emails. These emails will be sent to recruiters and highlight relevant students based on the positions they’re hiring for.
Edit 1:1 Qualifications
We’re adding the option to edit 1:1 qualifications to employers’ Manage Sessions dropdown menu. In addition to making it easier to access, this also means that employers can edit qualifications all the way up to when a session starts.
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