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Find your future leaders

Handshake is the largest early talent recruiting platform connecting employers, talent, and colleges in one place.


Recruit diverse talent from any school in the country

  • 5M+
    validated early talent profiles
  • 900+
    official college and university partners
  • 500K+
    Employers, including 100% of the Fortune 500

Customer stories

Employers of all sizes rely on Handshake to power their early talent recruitment.

“We needed a solution like Handshake to ensure deeper engagement when we went on campus, reaching students of all backgrounds and majors, and generating qualified applicants.”
Andrew Smith
Campus Recruiting Director
“We received over 6,000 applications for only 15 summer internship spots. While, in theory, our pipeline was robust, it was not diverse. For our business and culture to thrive, we needed Handshake to proactively create a pipeline representative of America’s diversity.”
Emily Vogel
University Recruiting and Employment Brand Manager
“I truly believe that we would not have been able to hire for the SAS On-Campus program without Handshake.”
Kayla Woitkowski
Sr. Manager, University Outreach and Recruiting Senior Manager
“We wanted a tool that would allow us to increase the awareness of who CDW is. That has been at the center of everything we have done on Handshake.”
Jared Bazzell
Talent Acquisition Manager
“At the end of the day, you want people interested in your company and you want them to feel like they had a great experience, and that’s why I’m most excited about Handshake.”
Tarah Harkins
Director of Campus Recruiting & Pipeline Development
“Being able to run a campaign prior to the career fair, have a student look at our brand page, and then click RSVP is such a welcome change.”
Katie Kocmond
Campus Recruitment Manager
“We needed a solution like Handshake to expand our reach and create more meaningful connections with students from all backgrounds.”
Todd Good
Early Professional Talent Acquisition Manager

Merging high tech with high touch

Handshake Premium enables employers to build a proactive, digital strategy to keep up with today’s early talent market.

  • 65%
    message open rate, which is 2.5x the industry average
  • 70+
    average qualified candidates per campaign
  • 150%
    increase in employer brand awareness

Find your ideal talent candidates

Actively target priority groups to engage the people you want to hire.

Targeted segments and search

Apply filters like location preference to find your ideal talent profile.

Custom message campaigns

Personalize your outreach to encourage the right candidates to apply.

Candidate journey

Keep track of candidate engagement and monitor your pipeline’s progress by reviewing verified student information and your full engagement history.

With targeted segments, you can apply filters like location preferences to find your ideal early talent profile.

Personalize your employer brand

Win over top talent by customizing how each student and alumnus sees you.

Employer page & branded jobs

Allow candidates to review organization information, reviews, and testimonials from past employees–based on what matters to them.

Brand campaigns

Share employer news and updates to keep your talent prospects warm.

Event promotion & management

Optimize early talent recruiting events by inviting and gathering info on top candidates.

Personalize your employer brand by allowing candidates to see reviews about your organization that's relevant to them.

Be a data-driven recruiting leader

Make better decisions with insights from the largest student talent network.

School explorer

Build a school list based on filters like location to expand your reach and meet your hiring goals.

Campaign performance reports

Monitor campaigns and events so you know when to shift your focus.

Talent brand benchmarking

Stay competitive by measuring your recruiting performance, brand awareness, and pipeline representation against your peers.

Stay competitive by building a school list based on your hiring needs and monitoring your campaign and event progress.

Build a more representative pipeline

Connect with students and young alumni at any school in the US, including more than 120 minority-serving institutions, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and women’s colleges, plus student diversity groups.

  • Howard University
  • Morehouse College
  • Barnard College
  • Xavier University
  • Society of Women Engineers
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Seamless candidate experience

Candidate experience matters–especially with young talent. Our Direct ATS Apply feature provides a smooth transition from Handshake right to your ATS so you can track any student who clicks to apply in Handshake.

New for 2019, employers using Greenhouse as their ATS can now leverage our integration.

Start building a more proactive early talent recruiting plan

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