Handshake is the ultimate recruiting platform for students! Over 22 million students and young alumni from over 900 universities currently use the platform. It's where you can find UVA career resources, apply for jobs, schedule appointments and register for career events. Handshake is available to current, actively enrolled, degree-seeking UVA students. Alumni have access Handshake for six months following graduation.
Getting Started with Handshake
Here are four quick steps you can take to jump-start your Handshake experience:
Step 2: Fill out your profile. The more information you provide, the more tailored information you will receive via email throughout the year. This is the primary way to sign up for industry-based newsletters. Be sure to go to the 'Career Interest' section of the profile and complete the survey.
Please Note: You’ll need to decide whether to make your profile public or private.
A public profile, and most information in the profile, can be seen by any employer on Handshake and by your Career Services Center. (Note: Handshake profile components, like GPA, that have their own privacy settings. So you can make your profile public, but your GPA private, for example). Your profile can’t be seen by other students or by Career Services Centers at other schools. If you make your profile private, it can only be seen by you and your school’s Career Services Center. You can switch your privacy status at any time, from private to public or from public to private. If you are private, employers cannot find you, so you should consider marking your profile public, just like you would on LinkedIn.
Step 4: Discover what Handshake has to offer by using the landing page top search bar. See the variety of ways to utilize Handshake below!
Schedule a Career Counseling Appointment
Schedule a one-on-one career counseling appointment by selecting ‘Career Center,’ and then 'Appointments' on the top navigation bar. Not sure what type of appointment would be the best fit for you? Select 'General Appointment', or call our office at 434-924-8900. We are open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Learn more about our services and hours.
Connect with Employers
Connect with Employers: On-Grounds Interviewing
Employers from all over the United States want to hire UVA students and they conduct interviews on Grounds for exciting full-time and internship opportunities. Each new academic year students must complete the Online OGI Orientation Agreement before using Handshake to find OGI jobs and internships. This three minute online agreement gives you an overview of the UVA Recruiting Policies. Handshake will grant access to OGI opportunities 15 minutes after completing the survey. Learn more about OGI here.
Connect with Employers: Information Sessions
Employer information sessions are a great way to hear directly from employers about company culture, recruiting timelines, and job/internship details. To view what employers are scheduled to come to UVA soon, go to Handshake's Events tab and select 'Info Session' for upcoming dates, times, and locations.
Connect with Employers: Career Fairs
To view all upcoming Career Fairs, go to 'Events' and select 'Fair Search'. Learn how to see which employers will be attending each fair here.
Attend a UVA Career Center Event
We offer over 100+ events each academic year to help students connect with UVA alumni and industry leaders from a variety of fields. These workshops, career treks, networking events, and panels can all be found by selecting 'Events' and selecting from the options listed.
Find Your Next Internship or Job
Students can easily access exclusive job listings, including full-time, part-time, internships, and on-campus jobs by going to the 'Job Search' section on the top navigation bar. Watch these quick two minute videos: How to Search for and Apply to Jobs and How to Save a Job Search.
Access Exclusive Online Resources
The UVA Career Center subscribes to a number of helpful online resources that are only available through these internal subscriber links found in Handshake. You can access the 'Resource Library' under the 'Career Center' menu link.
Additional Handshake Resources
Handshake FAQs for Students
How do I access Handshake?
You can access Handshake via the Career Center website (career.virginia.edu) or by going to virginia.joinhandshake.com. Login via your NetBadge. We encourage you to complete your profile in order to get the job recommendations, messages, and events that matter the most to you.
How do I learn the system?
What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?
Much of your information is brought over from the Student Information System, which comes straight from the Registrar. We recommend connecting with the Registrar's office to be sure your information is correct in SIS. For additional questions, please contact email@example.com.
I'm getting the error " Your career services center has restricted your ability to apply to jobs. Please contact them to remove this restriction. " How do I gain access to apply for positions?
Students must complete the Online OGI Orientation Agreement before using Handshake to find OGI jobs and internships. This three minute online agreement gives you an overview of the UVA Recruiting Policies. Once you have gained access to OGI positions, you can click "Interviews" from your left hand menu to see all OGI positions. Handshake will grant access to OGI opportunities 15 minutes of completing the survey.
How do I gain access to On-Grounds Interviewing positions in Handshake?
Each new academic year students must complete the Online OGI Orientation Agreement before using Handshake to find OGI jobs and internships. This three minute online agreement gives you an overview of the UVA Recruiting Policies. Handshake will grant access to OGI opportunities 15 minutes of completing the survey. Learn more about OGI here.
How do I sign up for Career Community newsletter in Handshake?
Students may identify interest in one or more career communities by clicking "Career Interests" on the right hand side and completing their profile. Are you missing a notification email? Missing job alerts or other expected Handshake emails? If these emails aren't being filtered out to a different folder (such as junk/spam), then it's likely your email has been unsubscribed from Handshake emails. Learn how to to re-subscribe to Handshake emails.
How do I find events and information sessions in Handshake?
Information sessions and career workshops can be found by clicking "Events" from the left hand menu and then selecting 'Information Sessions'. Career fairs can be found by clicking "Fairs" from the left hand menu.
How do I request a career advising appointment in Handshake?
To request an appointment via Handshake, click "Appointments" from the left hand menu. Currently, all degree-seeking students may schedule appointments with the UVA Career Center. Additionally, students in the School of Engineering and MS in Data Science program may schedule with their career services offices. Coming this fall, students in Batten will have the ability to schedule online with their career offices.
If you do not find an appointment time that works for you, please call the career office directly at 434-924-8900.
How do I safeguard my job search?
It is very important for you to educate yourself about potential scams. If you suspect that a Handshake position is fraudulent, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you believe you are the victim of fraud resulting from a job listing, please contact the local police as well.