“The whole point of this resource is to democratize opportunity,” Dahlin says. “Students have the ability to find companies and see reviews other students have left, [plus] tips on interviewing and profiles of students who have worked there that they can reach out to, as well as the basic contact information for the organization. They have this massive database at their fingertips to research employers, and I really look forward to showing more students how to use the tool to its fullest potential.”
To prepare for their ventures into the career search, students can use Handshake’s appointment system to schedule a time to talk with career advisors one-on-one. Topics range from career exploration and job search help to mock interviews and salary negotiation tips. Under normal circumstances, these sessions happen in person, but with social distancing precautions in place, they’re happening virtually—on Zoom or Google Hangouts, over the phone, and any other way students need to connect. “We’re more accessible than ever,” Dahlin says of the CES advising team. “Career advisors are saying they’ve seen students they’ve never seen before. That’s going to be a game changer.”
Emma Harrington ’20 is an advisor herself and regularly helps students with creating resumes and finding jobs. She’s noticed that Handshake’s national reach “has given students more direction and hope in our one-on-one appointments.”
The new platform also has been invaluable in her own job search. “I have applied to multiple positions that I would not have found without Handshake, and I check in multiple times a week to see what new postings are available,” she says.
Students can activate their Handshake accounts and make an appointment with career advisors at any time by visiting pugetsound.joinhandshake.com or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.