Handshake 101

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Why should you use Handshake?

Handshake connects you directly with employers and opportunities, along with career advisors and career-related events and workshops you may be interested in. Handshake was created with students in mind and hosts the largest number of opportunities specifically for students and new college grads of any job website.

In 2019-2020, employers from over 60 industries posted almost 37,000 opportunities to VCU’s Handshake platform, including: jobs, internships, cooperative education, experiential learning, fellowships, graduate school programs and assistantships, on-campus student employment, and volunteering opportunities.

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Six reasons you should use Handshake

Apply where you have the advantage

Handshake is the only place that connects you, VCU, and employers together. You’ll find jobs and internships posted specifically for VCU students.

Recruiters want to talk to you

Employers on Handshake can message students with event invites, interview requests, and new job opportunities. Last year, recruiters sent more than 16 million direct messages to students.

No experience required

The jobs on Handshake are meant for students like you, so you can get the work experience you want and need.

Find the right job for you

When you fill out your Handshake profile, you will automatically see jobs and internships that match your interests and skills. You may even discover a new career path or an organization you hadn’t considered.

Start earning and gaining relevant experience right away

If your top priority right now is finding a part-time position on- or off-campus, Handshake is also the best place to find VCU-approved Federal Work Study positions, paid undergraduate research opportunities, and local and remote part-time jobs.

Connect to the organizations you want to work for

All of the top employers are recruiting students on Handshake, including the Fortune 500, startups, nonprofits and more.

Using Handshake

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