Handshake

Handshake is the the #1 way college students find jobs.

Handshake is a free job-search tool for all UW–Madison students and is the best way to connect with employers, find jobs and internships, and learn about career events. Handshake is different from other job platforms because it was created specifically to connect employers with college students. All the jobs you see on Handshake are posted for students and the employers are actively recruiting from UW-Madison. 

As a UW-Madison student, you already have a Handshake account!  All you have to do is activate it by logging into Handshake through the mobile app or by visiting wisc.joinhandshake.com and making your profile public to employers. The more information you add to your profile, the easier it will be for Handshake to give you recommendations and content for you!

Log in to Handshake!

Helpful Ways to Use Handshake

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Explore Student Q&As to Learn More About Jobs and Employers

If you have questions about searching and applying for jobs, you’re not alone. Students on Handshake crowd-source their questions in the Q&A library. In Q&A, you can explore previously asked questions, or submit your own! 

View Employer and Job Reviews

Want a glimpse into the day-to-day life of an intern? Or the inside scoop on the interview process? There are thousands of student reviews on Handshake that will help you learn more about the jobs and companies you’re interested in. You can also review a previous employer to help other students get more info! Learn more about employer and job reviews here.

Message Students and Alumni

Want a more personal way to connect with others on Handshake? Did you know you can message students and alumni who’ve found jobs and internships through Handshake, and find out how they did it? Any student or alumni you see in Handshake with a “Message” button listed on their profile has indicated that they’re open to connecting. Learn more about messaging students and alumni here.

You can find peers to message the following ways in Handshake: 

Follow the Employers You Like on Handshake

Following an employer in Handshake has many benefits as it provides notifications to you when key activities occur that you may be interested in. This includes when a new job is posted to your school, the employer is hosting an event, or the employer is attending a fair at your school. Learn how to follow employers on Handshake here.

Handshake Help Resources

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How do I login and make my Handshake account public?

If you are an enrolled, degree-seeking student you automatically receive a UW–Madison Handshake account. You do not need to create an account, you just need to activate your existing account by logging in to Handshake with your NetID credentials.

Here are three ways to log in to Handshake:

  • Download and log in through the Handshake mobile app
  • Log in at wisc.joinhandshake.com
  • Use the Handshake tile on MyUW 

Students should activate their Handshake account during (if not before) their first semester at UW–Madison. Please note that your profile’s default setting is set to “hidden,” so employers, alumni, and students won’t be able to see anything until you choose to make it public by changing your privacy settings. To make your profile public to employers, click the button on the right-hand side of your profile that says “Make Profile Public.”

If you have questions, please contact your school or college career office. You can also read the Student Terms of Use policy here.

How do I update the information in my profile?

Some information on your profile can be updated directly in Handshake, including:

  • Preferred name
  • Graduation date
  • School Year 

Other information is pulled directly from the university student information system, including:

  • Education Level
  • Majors
  • Minors (Certificates)
  • Departmental and cumulative GPA
  • College

If any of the above is inaccurate, please work with your academic advisor or the Registrar’s Office to have this information corrected.

The information that comes from the University is updated weekly, so know that there may be a delay between requesting changes and seeing them in Handshake.

How do I register for a career fair, workshop, or interview?

Go to the Events tab in your Handshake profile.

From there select the event you are interested in and select “Register.” Make sure to read over the event details to see if there is any additional information you should be aware of to prepare for your upcoming event!

How do I hide my GPA from employers?

Open your UW-Madison Education section and select “Hide from employers” on the GPA you would like hidden. 

How do I change my school year on Handshake?

Your school year is an important piece of information in Handshake, and it can help you get the most out of the system. Having a blank or incorrect school year may inadvertently exclude you from job posting qualifications, career fairs, employer events, or important communications from your career center.

If you would like to display a different school year on your Handshake profile, you can change it by clicking the pencil icon next to your name:

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When you graduate, we will automatically set your Handshake school year to Alumni. If you enroll in graduate school, we will automatically set your school year to Masters or Doctorate – depending on your program. Otherwise, as long as it’s not blank, we won’t modify your Handshake school year again and it will be up to you to keep this designation up to date.

Where do I go if I have more questions?

You can visit the Handshake student help center or email handshake@careers.wisc.edu if you have additional questions!