By: Lyndsay Brunstetter
- Career Services Promotes App That Help Students Find Jobs
- New App Helps Students Find Jobs
- Career Services Promotes Handshake, An App That Helps Students Find Jobs
- New App Connects Students To Jobs
- Career Services Promotes New Way Students To Connect To Jobs
The University of South Florida Career Services department is promoting Handshake, a free app that aims to help current students and recent graduates. Handshake was launched in 2017 after the founders had difficulty finding a job right out of school. The founders saw a lack of opportunities for people whose families were not well-connected, and decided to solve that problem by creating Handshake.
The app uses an algorithm which suggests jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities pertaining to the specific students’ interests. By learning about the students’ goals and experiences, Handshake can find opportunities for them based on what similar opportunities other individuals are looking at.
Adam Zubek, a senior majoring in video production at USF, solely uses only Handshake for career- related opportunities. “I love using the Handshake app. I used to look for jobs on Indeed and LinkedIn, but when I discovered Handshake I quickly found a very competitive internship at the University, which I just finished last semester,” said Zubek.
Algorithms tweak its suggestions by analyzing what the student searches for on the app. All the student needs to do is log in with their school’s Net ID and password. Students can then build up their professional profile by uploading their resume and adjusting the filters to what they are looking for. The app also includes information about upcoming recruiting events such as Career Fairs, Employer Spotlights, Info Sessions, Careers and Coffee, and overall information about the companies and or people that are attending.
Handshake states on their website that they have partnered with over 700 colleges and universities to help students find ideal jobs and internships from over 300,000 employers. It includes 100 percent of the Fortune 500, top financial institutions, cutting-edge tech companies, leading design, marketing agencies and nonprofits.
If a student’s school is not registered on Handshake, students can contact their career center and ask them to look into registering with them. So students can ultimately have more access to resources.
Demi Asensio, a freshman majoring in Mass Communications, always uses the Handshake app because she finds it easy to navigate. “I decided to start using Handshake because a lot of my friends told me about it and I really wanted to see what this app was about. It’s an awesome app and I highly recommend it to other students, said Asensio”
For college students who are always on the go, it can become stressful for them to sit down and plan their future.
Zachary Davies, a junior majoring in computer engineering, hopes to land his next internship through Handshake. “I love that Handshake already knows my interests. I have cut down my time looking for opportunities and have doubled the places I apply to because it is just so easy.”