Handshake increases connections between students and employers

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Graduate student Batul Kachwala (right) talks with a recruiter from Covance during the annual Spring Career and Internship Fair held at the Kohl Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison A new tool called Handshake helps UW students and employers connect. (Photo by Bryce Richter /UW-Madison)

UW-Madison launched Handshake in July 2018 making it easier than ever for students to connect with employers in Wisconsin and nationally.

Since July, more than 15,000 UW students have activated their personal Handshake account connecting them to thousands of job listings individually tailored to their major, interests, and skills. In addition, Handshake connects students to job fairs, resumé labs, mock interviews, company info sessions, and on-campus interviews insuring that UW–Madison students are well prepared to find and secure internships and jobs.

“Handshake gives students access to more opportunities and employer connections than ever before,” says Renee Smith, Career Advisor in the UW School of Human Ecology.  “Many students are raving about Handshake’s clean, user-friendly interface and the ease in which they can find positions they haven’t seen on any other job search platform.”

Handshake helps Wisconsin employers too. Over the past 10 months 2,393 Wisconsin employers have posted over 14,000 Wisconsin-based career opportunities. Amy Achter, managing director at the UW–Madison Office of Business Engagement, says companies are leveraging Handshake to do more than just traditional job recruiting. “We are working with companies to identify creative options to connect with talent earlier in their college experience. Handshake allows companies to elevate these unique opportunities to students on a single platform.” Achter says as Handshake has streamlined the connections, it has also fostered more partnerships between campus and industry.

Over the past 10 months 2,393 Wisconsin employers have posted over 14,000 Wisconsin-based career opportunities.

Jonathon Ferguson, director of the UW Career Exploration Center, says it’s never too soon for a student to set up their Handshake account. “Students are encouraged to use their Handshake account as early as their first semester. By using Handshake students can begin exploring their options by learning about campus events focused on careers they are considering, finding options to gain experience through part-time jobs at UW–Madison and in the community, and connecting with their career advisor,” said Ferguson.

Emily Dickmann | UW-Madison

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