Handshake Will Modernize Student-Employer Engagement

June 2, 2016

MSU’s Career Services Network is launching a new operating system called Handshake to better connect MSU students with job and internship opportunities. The system went live June 1 and replaces MySpartanCareer.

“Students are going to be really excited to dive into Handshake and learn about the kinds of opportunities that exist,” said Kristi Coleman, associate director of the Career Services Network.

Handshake is a modern “one-stop shop” for students to visit and interact directly with employers, bringing the two groups closer together through detailed profiles, resource links, postings, and other features similar to social media platforms like Facebook. Like with the former MySpartanCareer system, students will be able to use Handshake to view job postings, manage on-campus interviews, schedule advising appointments and learn about upcoming workshops and events.

The uniqueness of Handshake, explained Coleman, is in its algorithms, which look at users’ patterns of behavior and what they’re searching for, as well as material in student profiles, to generate personalized content.

Handshake also increases and expands access to career opportunities beyond MSU by publicizing jobs posted to multiple institutions and local events such as career fairs, which are open to the public.

Not only will Handshake increase student access to opportunities on and off campus, it will enable Career Services Network staff to better manage employer contacts and internship programs, according to Coleman.

Handshake was founded in 2014 by students at Michigan Technological University. Since its founding, many universities across the nation have contracted with Handshake, including Michigan, Chicago, Butler and Stanford. Michigan State is the largest university to adopt Handshake.

So far, Handshake has been well received at institutions that have adopted the program, Coleman said. These institutions have seen an increase in student engagement and interaction with employers as a result of Handshake, and Coleman is anticipating the same benefit at MSU.

For more information about Handshake, visit the MSU Career Services Network website or login to Handshake directly at https://msu.joinhandshake.com.

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