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Handshake is career management platform that intuitively connects you to relevant job opportunities based on your profile, interests, and search activity. Through Handshake, you can apply for positions, explore companies and connections, and sign up for career fairs and workshops all in one place. To access Handshake on the go, download the app! Currently, iPhone users can download it from the App Store. Android version coming soon.

1. LOGIN TO YOUR ACCOUNT

To access your Handshake account, click here. Select "The University of Oklahoma Sign On" and sign in with your OU Single Sign On credentials (your 4x4) to begin exploring the system. If you have any difficulties, please contact our office via email at oucs@ou.edu.

2. COMPLETING YOUR PROFILE

This information is very important. Your profile provides the criteria by which employers search for potential employees. When you login for the first time, you will be prompted to create a profile and upload your resume into the system. The more complete your profile is filled out, the better we will be able to assist you and the better Handshake will be able to populate your newsfeed with opportunities that matter to you. IMPORTANT: Upon initial login, you have the option to share your profile information with employers by selecting or de-selecting the checkbox under the "Yes, I want employers to be able to find and view my profile" area. Handshake will default to a public profile unless you select otherwise.

To update your Profile:

  • Select View Your Profile from the left-hand navigation bar to add or edit profile information or documents.
  • You can add resumes, cover letters, and other application materials (as well as build your profile directly from your uploaded resume) from the Documents tab by selecting New Document. Be sure you have had your resume critiqued by a Career Services Adviser during walk-in hours, Monday through Thursday, 1:30-4 p.m. or by appointment, before you upload it. NOTE: Making a resume "Public" will allow Career Services to send it to employers when they request resumes for specific internship and job opportunities at their organizations. When your resume is employer-ready, consider making it public to be included in these groups of resumes.
  • To decide how you want Handshake to communicate important information to you (via Handshake notifications and/or emails), select the Account tab and then navigate to Notification Preferences.
  • Access your calendar, messages, and notifications by selecting the corresponding icons in upper right-hand corner. You can export your calendar by navigating to your Account Information and copying the export link. Your calendar will automatically be updated when Handshake is updated.
  • 3. SEARCHING EMPLOYERS

    With over 10,000 employers in this database, this section is a great resource to identify companies that interest you.

    To search companies:

  • Select Employers from the the left-hand navigation bar.
  • Fill in the search criteria to narrow down your employer search OR search by employer type, size, and/or location.
  • Click on the organization name to view specific information about the company including profile, address and contact information.
  • 4. SEARCHING FOR JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS

  • Select Jobs or Internships from the left-hand navigation bar.
  • Fill in the search criteria to narrow down your search OR simply view all current jobs without entering any search criteria.
  • You can save your search criteria by clicking the "+" symbol at the top of the page and adding a description of your saved search to easily repeat the search again by selecting Saved Searches in the future.
  • Click on a position title to see the specifics of the position and how to apply. You can also select Follow Job at the top to receive additional updates about the position.
  • 5. APPLYING FOR ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEWS

  • Select Interviews from the left-hand navigation bar to see all current On-Campus Interview schedules.
  • Fill in the search criteria to narrow down your search OR simply view all current schedules without entering any search criteria.
  • You can save your search criteria by clicking the "+" symbol at the top of the page and adding a description of your saved search to easily repeat the search again by selecting Saved Searches in the future.
  • Click on the Schedule to view information. To request an interview, click Apply. To view the specifics of the related job, click on the position title located at the bottom of the page.
  • 6. CAREER EVENTS

  • Select Events or Fairs from the left-hand navigation bar.
  • View details by clicking on the career event's name and select Join Event to register for it.
  • You can select Follow Event at the top to receive additional updates about it.
  • NOTE:

    For questions about Handshake, you can access a support website by going to Help in the upper right-hand corner and selecting Knowledge Base. For technical support, select Contact Support from the Help menu and create a ticket. NOTE: Handshake is best viewed with completely updated web browsers.