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So, What is Handshake?

by Kiera Przygoda

Handshake is an online resource for students, career centers, and recruiters to meet and share career opportunities. Students can discover thousands of jobs, track deadlines of applications, categorize potential jobs, and connect with employers and recruiters. Handshake is easy to navigate and allows students to explore part-time jobs, full-time jobs, and internships ranging all over the country. Over 300K employers recruit from Handshake for potential job opportunities. Additionally, students can learn about upcoming job fairs, panels, and workshops for professional development on campus through Handshake.

In addition to helping students find jobs, Handshake also gives out scholarships for students who use their resources. Some scholarships can be as easy as just referring a friend. University of Tennessee Knoxville student, Sydney Shelby, was referred by her friend Mary Thomas, of Rhodes College. The two won the Handshake $20k Referrals Scholarship and were each awarded $10k toward their education. Handshake has a student’s first mentality and loves to help students in any way possible. They have been most successful through helping students find careers and providing scholarships.

Stephanie Kit, director of the Center for Career Development states that since the University of Tennessee launched Handshake in the summer, 47.3% of undergraduate and nearly 20% of graduate students have activated their profiles.  Over 53% of first-year students have begun using Handshake which far outpaces our peer institutions! The more information students add to their profiles, classes, organizations, prior jobs, the more and better jobs Handshake will recommend. Nearly 15,000 jobs have been posted since the summer! The jobs are across a wider variety of industries and geographic locations.

To post or search for jobs, visit https://career.utk.edu/handshake/or call the Center for Career Development at 865-974-5435.

The CCD has been very excited to unroll Handshake this year and hopes that students will continue to engage with it.


Kiera Przygoda is a junior at the University of Tennessee majoring in communication studies. She is the undergraduate public relations intern for the Office of Communication and Marketing. She has a passion for writing and media and a love for Disney. Kiera is also a student assistant at SEC Network and VFL Films.