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From Handshake engineers to product designers to interns, hear stories and read insights from every team to get the full picture of life at Handshake.

The Handshake Design Culture

Oct 23, 2017 by Caroline Morchio

Collaborative, User-Focused Teams Building Human Experiences After leaving Athos, where I led Design for almost four years, I was craving some time for solo-traveling, writing and catching up with friends and family. Upon my return and after advising startups across different spaces, I set my heart on Handshake and their...

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Going Beyond the Internship at Handshake

Sep 7, 2017 by Grace Isford

Handshake’s goal is to help students find great jobs and internships. So perhaps it’s no coincidence that my internship this summer at Handshake was more than just a great internship, but an incredible experience that challenged me to take ownership of meaningful projects to drive the company toward its mission....

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Introducing our New Mobile App and Job Discovery Features

Aug 24, 2017 by Garrett Lord

Four years ago, when we started Handshake, our goal was to help democratize opportunity - to help every college student find a great job and build a meaningful career, no matter where they go to school, what they’re majoring in, or who they know. While we have a long way...

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71 Schools Go Live on Handshake

Jul 5, 2017 by Customer Success

In June, we welcomed 71 schools and 1.3M students to Handshake! This included 12 of the Top Public Schools, 9 of the Top Regional Schools, and 7 of the Top Liberal Arts Schools. The diversity and breadth of these schools is meaningful, as Handshake’s mission is to help all college...

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Handshake’s User Conference: 450 Career Service Professionals Celebrating Students First and Learning Together

Jun 14, 2017 by Handshake

Handshake hosted its 2nd Annual User Conference at the University of Las Vegas on June 5-6, just prior to NACE. The goal of the conference was to instill product knowledge, share best practices, and network with the Handshake community. The conference centered on 3 key themes: Empowered to Succeed: To...

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New, Easy to Read Legal Policies Reflect Handshake’s Commitment to Student Data Privacy

May 12, 2017 by Garrett Lord

Our previous blogpost, A Network of Trust and Opportunity articulated Handshake’s stance on data privacy. Frankly, our old TOS and Privacy Policy weren’t clear enough - they were confusing students, career centers and our own team. They made people think we were selling student data. We weren’t, aren’t and are...

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A Network of Trust & Opportunity

Apr 5, 2017 by Garrett Lord, CEO and Co-Founder

Handshake’s core mission is to democratize opportunity - to level the playing field between talent and opportunity. Working jointly with our university career center partners, we’re helping every student build a great career, no matter where they go to school, who they know or how much money they have. We...

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March Madness 2017: Over 30% of the bracket is on Handshake

Mar 17, 2017 by Jordan Pedraza

March is a special time for college basketball enthusiasts as the NCAA® Championship games heat up. This season is especially exciting for us at Handshake to watch, as more than a quarter of the teams in this year’s tournament are using Handshake to empower their students and democratize opportunity.

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Handshake's Series B: More Funding, More Partners, More Opportunity

Nov 17, 2016 by Garrett Lord

Today, I’m very excited to welcome a new partner to Handshake! Spark Capital is leading our $20m Series B investment, with all current investors participating, and Megan Quinn is joining our board. We’re particularly excited for Megan and her Spark partners to join the Handshake team because of their deep...

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Start Your Career Planning with Handshake

Sep 28, 2016 by Joel Brown

Students are comfortable with the Handshake platform, which “looks a lot like Facebook-meets-Pinterest,” says Meredyth Thomas, director of career services at SHA. BU’s career centers have a new way to help you get a firm grip on your future, whether you’re an incoming freshman, a senior, a graduate student, or...

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Fraudulent Employers

Jul 7, 2016 by Anu Vora

Approving an employer to post jobs at your school can seem like a simple process. Theoretically, all employers requesting approval should come to your school bearing career-building opportunities for your students, but always be sure to ask “Can I trust this employer with my students’ information?” The term “fraudulent employer”...

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Handshake is proud to announce our $10.5m Series A funding, led by Kleiner Perkins.

Feb 3, 2016 by Garrett Lord

Partnering with Kleiner Perkins to help every student find the right job, from the snowy tundra of Michigan to Silicon Valley Three years ago, I was frustrated by how difficult it was for my college friends and I to plan our careers and find great jobs. So I started Handshake...

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College Career Network Handshake Secures $10.5 Million in Series A Funding from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB)

Feb 3, 2016 by Garrett Lord

Investment will further expand Handshake’s vast college career and recruitment network, depth of university relationships and engineering efforts February 3, 2016 – San Francisco, Calif. – Handshake, the college career network built to transform the recruiting experience for college students, career centers and employers, today announced that it raised $10.5...

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New Handshake Login Workflow Released!

Jan 26, 2016 by Brian Reath

Handshake is excited to announce the release of our new login workflow, which should greatly improve the ease-of-use of our login process! The new workflow now prompts users for their username (email address) first, then presents them with the best login option for their account. Figure 1. Screenshot of new...

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Handshake 2015 Retrospective

Jan 15, 2016 by Brian Reath

As we start this New Year, we want to express our gratitude to the many of you who have helped us this past year by: partnering with us to innovate within the industry. providing us valuable insight by talking with us at national and regional conferences. having the opportunity to...

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How to Run a Cheap, Fast, & Incredibly Useful User Test

Oct 5, 2015 by Jason Hreha

User testing isn’t rocket science. In fact, it’s common sense wrapped in fancy language. Unfortunately, every discipline tends to make itself more and more complicated the longer it’s around, even if the added complexity doesn’t add much. In this short guide, we’re going to cut out all the crud and...

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How To Get The Job You Were Made For

Sep 12, 2015 by Jason Hreha

It starts with Karma. In general, you get what you give. If you give nothing, and just ask other people for favors, you’ll get nothing. Actually, you’ll get less than nothing — you’ll get actively disliked. This is why the first law of breaking into a profession is “give, give, give”....

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Announcing the Handshake Trust Score

Apr 27, 2015 by David Shull

Handshake is excited to announce the Handshake Trust Score. The Handshake Trust Score is designed to empower college career centers with information from their peers in the Handshake community to make the employer approval process easier, safer, and more efficient. Currently, career services staff at colleges and universities across the...

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Handshake Introduces a New Look

Apr 16, 2015 by David Shull

Handshake was founded with a belief that a career center platform does not have to be clunky and unintuitive. Four years ago, the founding team set out to revolutionize the space. Handshake quickly emerged as the most modern and easy to use platform. “We couldn’t be more excited to announce...

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The 4 Laws of Habit They Didn’t Teach You In School

Jul 10, 2014 by Jason Hreha

In the annals of human history, there have been few problems as intractable as the “Habit Puzzle”. Everyone, from Aristotle to Jerry Seinfeld, has come up with a unique theory or piece of advice. In recent decades, scientists have joined the fray, working hard to unravel the mechanics behind a...

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Introduction to Behavior-Based Design

Jun 12, 2014 by Jason Hreha

What you need to know — in 10 mins In general, I think that a product is only as good as its ability to co-opt behavior. Techcrunch is littered with the stale remains of gorgeous products that were executed to perfection, but failed to get any true user adoption. They failed to...

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Nine User-Experience Tips to Rule Them All

Jun 18, 2013 by Jason Hreha

Or something like that 1. Copy is design, too. The way that you describe and label the product is just as important as the visual design + feature set. It’s particularly important in getting users to sign up. People want to know exactly what you will do for them, and...

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