Connecting with Employers Virtually

Employers are eager to connect with students virtually! Below you’ll find helpful links and advice.

Connecting with Employers through Handshake

Update your Handshake Profile
A robust Handshake profile can be as helpful as a detailed resume or LinkedIn page. Employers are searching for students on Handshake based on the information in their profiles, and messaging candidates with event invites or to encourage them to apply for new job opportunities. See more ideas to maximize Handshake by checking out these resources:

Review your Handshake profile’s privacy settings
If your Handshake account is set to “Private,” your profile is not visible to employers, and you may miss out on opportunities. With your settings updated to “Employers” or “Community,” your profile will be visible to employers approved by UW and may show up as employers search Handshake for potential hires and message students with opportunities.

Employer Virtual Events
According to Handshake’s Blog, “Employers like IBM and Under Armour often host virtual events on Handshake to connect with students from across the country. Attending these events is a unique way to meet employees at the companies you want to work for. Virtual events give you an opportunity to learn more about a company before applying for a job.” Be sure to check Handshake often to see what virtual events are happening!

Check out Handshake’s tips on ‘How to Attend Virtual Recruiting Events’ here.

Participating in virtual career fairs through Handshake?  Check out our page on how to make the most of that experience.

Jobs and Internships
Employers are posting hundreds of new jobs and internships on Handshake every day, so don’t forget to check often to see what has been added. To see which positions were added to Handshake most recently, navigate to Handshake’s “Jobs” section. At the top of the list of positions, click “Relevance” and change to the filter to “Date Posted.”

Virtual Resume Books
A resume book is a collection of resumes, submitted by students, which are passed along to employers seeking interns and/or full-time employees. Resume Books are periodically available throughout the year – for details and timelines, please email

Searching for Remote Jobs
Are you looking for a job or internship you can complete remotely? We’ve added a label in Handshake to jobs that allow you to work from home. Log into Handshake and select “Jobs,” and click “Filters.” Scroll down and in the “Labeled by Your School” field, type “remote work allowed”. Fill in any other important filters, click “See Jobs” and you’ll see a list of positions that will allow remote work.

Handshake Blog and Resources
Handshake has created a blog and multiple resources specifically focused on helping students navigate a virtual career search, interview process, and making the most of a remote internship. There are also articles with tips from recruiters. Check out their website for some interesting content! Some are shared below:

Seeking out employers of interest

Many employers are hosting their own events and activities, independent of Career Centers like ours.  Interested in opportunities with a particular employer?  In addition to utilizing Handshake and engaging in activities and resources highlighted there:

  • Visit their company webpage and look for ‘University Recruiting’ or ‘Employment’ pages on their website.
  • Look for LinkedIn groups you can join for updates
  • Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn, using a personalized note to highlight your interest.
  • Follow companies of interest on social media – many larger companies have Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram accounts related to recruiting
  • Meet with one of our career coaches to get tips and insight into how to pursue your virtual job search

Networking and Building Relationships Virtually

Networking has always been one of the best strategies of launching your career. A large percentage of positions are filled from referrals or filled through word of mouth. Even remotely, there are a good amount of options for us to take when we want to build our network and strengthen our connections.

Visit our Student FAQ page for networking strategies! Topics include exploring LinkedIn, connecting through MeetUp groups, and inviting someone to a virtual coffee chat/career conversation.

As you prepare your setup to attend virtual meetings, interviews, or events with prospective employers or other networking contacts, check out our UW Virtual Backgrounds resource.

Wanting to use this time to build skills and experience? Our Student FAQ page has plenty of ideas.

Questions? Feel free to email