Handshake for Employers

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Handshake is the digital platform that UCSC uses to connect students and alumni with job search and career coaching resources. We're thrilled to be partnering with Handshake to give employers affordable access to post jobs to one of the largest networks of college career centers. Posting to individual schools is free of charge.

Handshake includes everything you need for online and on-campus recruiting, including:

Create an integrated account with one username and password for all schools, and start building your visibility at America’s top colleges and universities. Start recruiting Banana Slug talent in Handshake today!


How to Start Recruiting in Handshake

Sign up for Handshake

Logging in for the first time

  1. Go to https://app.joinhandshake.com/employer_registrations/new . Sign up with your organizational email address and password.
  2. Handshake will ask you to input some information, including your first and last name, your current job title, and your alma mater. 
  3. Once you’ve input the required information and accepted Handshake’s Terms and Conditions, Handshake will send you a verification email. When it arrives, click “Confirm Email” to verify your account.

Joining a company

  1. If your company already exists in Handshake’s system, you will be able to select your company’s profile once you confirm your email. 
  2. If your company hasn’t already been added to Handshake, you’ll need to click “Create a New Company”. 
    1. To create a new company profile, you’ll have to input more information about your company, including its name, industry, location, web address, and company size, as well as a description of your company. 
    2. You will then have the option to add a company logo and a branding image.

Connect with UCSC

  1. Once you’ve created a company profile or joined an existing profile, Handshake will prompt you to search schools to connect with. 
  2. Search “University of California, Santa Cruz” and add us to your list. 
    1. You will either see that your request to join your company profile is pending, or you will be taken to a page for setting up Applicant Status Messaging, so that you can see when the schools you’ve connected to approve your request.
  3. Our team will approve your request to connect with us after we’ve made sure that we have all of the information we require, and checked that your organization follows our recruitment guidelines.

Find more information about account setup in the Handshake Help Center.

Post a Job

  1. Click “Post a job” from your home dashboard or find “Jobs” in the top navigation menu and click “Create job” in the top right corner.
  2. You will now be prompted to fill out information in 4 tabs.
    1. Job Basics - Here, you will tell Handshake the job title, job type, contact method, application method, etc.
    2. Details - Here, you will add a job description, location, required documents, etc.
    3. Job Preferences - Here, you have the option to set preferences for what types of students you want to be able to apply for your job. You can filter applicants by year, major category, minimum GPA, and more. 
    4. Schools - Here, you will select which schools you’d like to post this opportunity to. In this tab you can also set dates for when students will be able to apply to the job. 
  3. Once you have posted the job, our team will approve it and notify you. This may take a few business days as we approve jobs and employers manually.

Find more information about job posting in the Handshake Help Center.

Learn more about how to connect with schools and post jobs with these helpful articles from the Handshake Help Center for Employers. If you have any questions or need support with job posting, we will gladly assist you. Please email slugtalent@ucsc.edu

If you have any questions or need support with job posting, we will gladly assist you. Please email slugtalent@ucsc.edu to contact our team.

Handshake Policies 

Job Listing Parameters

The UC Santa Cruz Career Center Handshake site is for the listing of legitimate full-time, seasonal, and short-term positions by businesses, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, on-campus employers, households, and individuals who adhere to Equal Employment Opportunity guidelines and abide by the UC Santa Cruz Principals of Community

We will only approve employers and jobs that abide by our Campus Recruitment Guidelines. Please refer to the linked page for our full guidelines, and email slugtalent@ucsc.edu with any questions.

Data & Privacy

This system is provided by the UCSC Career Center in partnership with Handshake. Handshake uses the latest industry best practices to keep user data secure, including strict access controls, end-to-end encryption, and storing data in an encrypted format (encryption at rest). Handshake encrypts all transmitted data using 128-bit TLS, and perform regular penetration tests on our own application to continue improving the platform. Plus, Handshake audits every service provider we use to ensure they meet or exceed Handshake’s rigorous security standards before incorporating them in our service.

Information collected is used to provide and tailor services to our customers. UC Santa Cruz websites may collect personal information such as name, address, e-mail address, telephone number(s), and/or educational interests. Such personal information may be requested for research, public service, or for administrative purposes. It is also used to compile aggregate reports that assist us in future program planning.

Recruitment Process Disclaimer

While we carefully monitor the recruiting process of participating employers, we do not assume responsibility for any errors, omissions or misrepresentations in job descriptions, qualifications, or remuneration.

We reserve the right to refuse service to employers due to any of the following:

  • Requiring at the time of application personal information such as bank and social security numbers.
  • Requiring a fee or payment prior to employment or as a condition of employment.
  • Misrepresentation by dishonest information or absence of information, fraud, harassment of UC Santa Cruz students, alumni or staff.
  • Breach of confidentiality.
  • Failure to adhere to the policies of this Career Center and/or any violation of UC Santa Cruz regulations and local, state or federal laws.

We do not and cannot control the behavior of participants on our website. In the event that you have a dispute with one or more users, you release the UC Santa Cruz Career Center and UC Santa Cruz University (and our agents and employees) from claims, demands, and damages (actual or consequential, direct and indirect of every kind and nature, known and unknown), arising out of or in any way connected with such disputes.

We urge you to use good judgment in your interactions either with employers or students. If you believe someone has inaccurately or unprofessionally represented themselves, please contact the UC Santa Cruz Career Center immediately at slugtalent@ucsc.edu.

See Also:

Fair Labor Standards Act: Paid vs. Unpaid Internships?