What is Handshake?
Handshake is a free resource for UW students and alumni to search and find internships, part-time and full-time jobs, volunteer opportunities and more. By logging into Handshake, you have access to thousands of opportunities that you can directly apply to using your uploaded resume, cover letter and unofficial transcripts. You’ll also find up-to-date information about employers interviewing on campus and more.
Curious on when employers post internships? Find the answer to this and other tips in the “Finding internships in Handshake” handout.
Getting started with Handshake
- Visit Handshake at https://uw.joinhandshake.com
- Log into Handshake using your NetID credentials. Trouble with the log-in process? Email email@example.com with your name, UW email address and UW student ID number.
- Complete your profile, including expected graduation date and major (Your major should start with “UW Bothell – “).
- Search for jobs and internships, research employers, or learn about employers coming to campus for an information session.
- For the job and internship search, use the Filters to narrow your search by job type, industry, and location. Then create saved search alerts with the filters you choose.
- Once you’re ready to apply to a job or internship, upload your customized resume, cover letters and any unofficial transcripts or other documents the application requires.
- Your saved searches may not catch everything you’re interested in, so login regularly to find new job, internship and volunteer opportunities fitting your qualifications and interests.
Tip: Watch this video below to get step-by-step instructions in completing your Handshake profile.
Ready to apply? Tips on successfully uploading your documents
Once you’re ready to apply for positions, be sure to upload the necessary documents (which could include resume, cover letter and/or transcripts, depending on the position). Some tips include:
- Use only original Microsoft Word files (version 5.0 and higher work best). Do not cut and paste from other documents/files. Save these as PDF files in order to ensure their formatting.
- Avoid headers and footers, and use a common and easy-to-read font (such as Arial, Calibri, Helvetica, Tahoma, or Verdana)
- Keep your format simple – the system will process bullet, bold face, underscore and italic features, but use them sparingly.
- Check your upload – once you’ve completed the process, open it up to be sure that it has converted properly and looks the way it should. If you cannot see it, neither can an employer. When in doubt, delete the old copy and attempt the upload process again.
The Handshake Help Center includes answers to many frequently asked questions. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need technical support. If you are not finding your answer there, or have other questions, Career Services is happy to help you with tips and suggestions for making the most of Handshake – make an appointment with Career Services.