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Handshake

Seven students pose with the yellow Handshake chair on the Reid side lawn by College Creek.
Photo by Katy Laliotis '21

handshake logoHandshake is a social-media style job and internship platform for undergraduates and young alumni.  Handshake aims to democratize access to opportunity by helping every college student find the right job for them, no matter where they go to school, what they're majoring in, or who they know.  Built to transform the recruiting experience, Handshake connects college students and young alumni to a comprehensive national network of employers.

Using Handshake as a Student or Alumnus

Do you need some help?  Career and Community Engagement Center (CCEC) staff have composed a series of practical articles for students and young alumni on topics ranging from resume tips to finding an internship that's right for you, and from how to network successfully to how to access tools that can help you plan your future.  Find all these and more in the Resource Library linked below.

Handshake Resource Library

Looking for work?  Most on-campus positions will be posted on Handshake toward the beginning of each new semester, and a curated selection of external employers, both local and national/global, post job and internship positions year-round.  Use the filters on Handshake's jobs and internships board to narrow down your search.  Be sure to fill out the basics of your Handshake profile, including uploading a good headshot and up-to-date resume, to help employers get to know you!  Check out our Guide to a Perfect Handshake Profile for some specific tips.

Handshake Jobs & Internships Board

Check out information sessions and workshops.  Employers offer a variety of in-person and virtual info sessions on a regular basis, and the CCEC conducts annual workshops on topics such as salary negotiaton and post-grad finances, and also regularly brings visiting alumni to campus for you to chat with (usually with food!).  Keep an eye on email reminders from the CCEC and check out more events at the link below.

In-Person and Virtual Events Posted on Handshake

Want to talk with someone?  You can make an in-person or virtual appointment with CCEC professional staff or a Student Career Advisor (SCA) about a variety of topics.  Check out our staff's availability and request an appointment in Handshake's Career Center module or via the link below.

Request an Appointment with CCEC Staff or SCAs

Accessing Handshake

Expand the sections below to find out how to log into Handshake as a current student, alum, on-campus employer, or off-campus employer.

Student Login

The button above will take you to the student/alumni login portal.  Click the large blue button on that landing page titled "Whitman Student Sign On" and log in using your regular Whitman (single sign on) credentials.  Please do not use a non-Whitman email address to create an account.  For assistance, email ccec_info@whitman.edu.

Alumni Login

Alumni should plan to update the email address on their Handshake account after leaving Whitman, since Whitman email accounts are deactivated approximately one year after graduation.  Please send a message to ccec_info@whitman.edu with the address you would like to use instead, and CCEC staff will process the update.  You will need to confirm the address change within 24 hours of it being processed in order for it to take effect.

If you had a Handshake account while attending Whitman, please do not create a duplicate account to gain alumni access.  If you do create a duplicate account by accident, it will be deleted by CCEC staff and your old Handshake account will be updated with your non-Whitman email address.

Once your Handshake account has been updated with a non-Whitman address, your login process will change.  Follow the steps below to log in:

  • Use the button above to access the alumni/student login portal.
  • Avoid using the large blue button on that landing page titled "Whitman Student Sign On." Instead, select the link below the button to "sign in with your email address."
  • Enter the non-Whitman email address attached to your Handshake account and click "Next."
  • Once more, avoid the large blue button and instead select the link beneath it, "log in using your Handshake credentials."
  • Enter your password and click "Sign In."

Note that you may need to "switch accounts" if a different email address is already displaying on the login page.

Employer Login

If you haven't already done so, use your Whitman email address to register for an employer user account and connect to Whitman as your "company."  Be sure to use the Employer Sign-Up page rather than a different Handshake registration page (such as that for students).  If you encounter troubles, email ccec_info@whitman.edu for assistance.

Refer to Handshake's detailed instructions for posting jobs for directions in the process of adding on-campus jobs to the platform.  Be sure to identify your position(s) as on-campus student employment so that students can locate them when searching.  Choose your office's division from the provided list to ensure that it is correctly coded in the Handshake system.

Note that if you check the box for work-study, only work-study students will be able to see your position.  If you would like to narrow your search to work-study students at first and then expand it to other students later on, you may come back and modify your post at a later date.

Review these tips for increasing your chances that students will apply:

  • When specifying time requirements, be aware that selecting "temporary or seasonal" will allow you to include a timeframe for your position with any dates you choose.
  • When specifying candidate qualifications, consider leaving the "major groups" section blank, as any selection would likely limit the students who are able to apply beyond your intentions (Whitman majors do not map perfectly to Handshake's categories).

    Find additional information and FAQs on the Handshake Help Center Employer Dashboard.

    Employer Login

    Refer to the information on our Recruiting Options page to learn how to create a user account and company profile, as well as to find out how to post jobs, internships, and events for Whitman College students and young alumni.

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