How to Get the Most from Handshake – SJSU

Published: February 16, 2021 by Gillian Collins

If you read the first part of my interview with Carrie McKnight, a career counselor for graduate students at SJSU, you already know that Handshake Is much more than a smaller version of LinkedIn. This is important because even though you may be a student now, you are going to look for a job sooner than you can imagine. In the meantime, you want to get the most out of any SJSU career resource you can, including virtual career fairs, proven job postings and tools that curate your profile to increase your visibility.

Hello, handshake!

A handshake is not just another LinkedIn. LinkedIn, as a platform, is designed for a wider network. The handshake focuses on you, with the employers surveyed looking for only SJSU candidates. They took the time to post the jobs you see on the handshake platform.

So how do you get the most out of this work and career resource? That was the question I posed to Carrie McKnight, the graduate student of the SJSU Career Center and an expert at making the most of this work platform. I took her advice at the following points.

Start with the basics

  • profile. A handshake focuses on what you are learning and how you want to present it to employers. In this sense, you can use your profile not only as a resume – you can also use it as an e-Portfolio. There is room to list projects you have been involved in or done, quickly add organizations you work with and add the courses you have completed (or are currently taking). I especially like this last feature because the job choices in the course can become an important part of how you present yourself. I would approach it as a navigation tool: you can make a personal inventory of what you found interesting, how far you have gone, and discover neat ideas for improving your profile!
  • Easy search (tool). When you search with a handshake, you can narrow down broad searches within your degree range and in which areas you can apply it. There are the traditional filters (e.g., location, job type, etc.). But what sets the handshake apart is that you do not have to spend time applying for a job just to find out that they want someone who has held MLIS for five years. Remember, you are still on your journey. And employers who work with SJSU advertise handshake jobs with that in mind.

Explore and connect

  • events. Carrie talked about how great a handshake is to create networks because SJSU hosts and helps manage events. Think about career fairs and workshops of the SJSU Career Center staff, opportunities to meet recruiters and exclusive meetings hosted by large companies looking for what you have to offer. The handshake team also provides helpful workshops focusing on interviews, professional development and presentations. All of these events are opportunities to learn as well as make connections.
  • community. Applying for a job can sometimes be stressful, discouraging and isolating. To address these issues, Handshake has a feature that allows you to post questions to all Handshake student users. Because Handshake is a career search and development platform used by many universities, it means you have a place to ask questions and get answers and advice from your colleagues, many of whom have probably experienced what you are going through or what questions you have. Re-turns. From how to design your profile to clarifying the wording of a role, the Handshake Q&A feature will help you come up with solutions while helping you feel less isolated. And maybe you can help someone too!

It’s pretty obvious among job seekers that LinkedIn is the default job search platform. However, while LinkedIn has benefits in visibility, there is also a sense of
Invisibility. A handshake solves the problem for you because it balances a personal career search with tools that make that search easier.

A handshake is more than a job search engine. its your
Career Care Center.

A quick jot from Gillian

I admit, the idea of ​​another exhausting promotion platform. On top of everything, monitoring and updating and fixing and … well, anything placed on LinkedIn is just like a handshake, right?

Not true! Shaking hands and LinkedIn have an overlap in what they do, but a handshake gives you more control over how you do it. Let us know what you are doing now for employers. Participate in professional development. It’s an investment in your plan of action.

For me, the urge to put more effort into the handshake came from Curry. I missed career fairs. My handshake profile was pretty upbeat, but the more I work on it, or participate in the virtual events, the more I can research and earn in return. Carrie sold me using Handshake not only as a job search tool but also as a way to look at how much is out there with the events.

And there he Lots out there. Get a grip on the action; Achieve your career goals with a handshake!

Additional resources

Selected career opportunities

  • Bookkeeper and paper keeper. Stanford University (Stanford, CA). Full time. Submit on
  • Law Librarian – Research Analyst. Accufile, Inc. (United States). Long-term temporary position, full-time (12 weeks). Submit on LinkedIn

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