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Virtual / Online Best Practices

Here are some best practices and tips for Handshake to help you navigate the new world of virtual/online engagement with employers.

Update Your Profile

  • The vast majority of engagement with employers occurs online already, so it’s smart to follow employers you are interested in to stay updated on any job or event activity
  • Complete your profile to increase the chances of being found. 80% of students who fill out the following three areas of their profile receive a message from an employer:
    • location preferences
    • job role preferences
    • job type preferences

Check out this blog post from Handshake to make the most of your account!

Participate in Virtual Events!

Employers are shifting towards virtual events as they seek to build connections with students.

  • Search for available virtual events on Handshake, you can also view Virtual Event details.
  • Register to participate in events: this will allow you to track your personal recruiting efforts and ensure that you receive a reminder notification
    • Check your notification settings on your profile, this will ensure you are notified when a new event is posted so you can quickly view event details.
  • Become familiar with video conferencing tools most likely to be used by employers: Zoom, Google Hangouts/Meet, GoToMeeting, and Cisco WebEx.
  • Handshake is rapidly adding live-links in Virutal Events so you can click a link to be taken to the video conferencing platform chosen by the employer, rather than having to copy/paste the URL in a browser window.

Here is what a virtual event looks like in Handshake:

Here is a sample Event Search page in Handshake:


Schedule Virtual Interviews

Companies are moving to increased virtual interviews utilzing various software platforms such as : Skype, Zoom and many others.  Please also remember to research companies to ensure that you are connecting with a legitimate employer/company.


Avoid Fraudulent Job Postings

  • Visit the company web site. If the company in question doesn’t have a web site or the web site does not seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern.

Research companies with other reliable resources:

Use Google

  • Search LinkedIn by “People” and the advanced search fields for “Company Name.” Click the “Current Companies Only” checkbox to receive information on people currently listed as employed by this company.

Poor Communication Skills

  • Be careful when an employer cannot communicate accurately or effectively on the web site, by email, over the telephone, etc.

Exercise Caution When Asked to Pay Any Fees

  • Most legitimate employers will not charge to hire you!