Connecting with Employers Virtually

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

What Companies are Hiring NOW?

Although this is a time of economic uncertainty, there is still active hiring going on – and employers excited to recruit Huskies! Some links and resources are noted below:

Employer Panels Hosted Outside of C&IC

Pride + Work: LBGTQ+ Career Panel w/ Diversity  & Inclusion Experts from Nike, Adobe, MGH & Staples; hosted by Monster
View virtual career panel

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!

Jobs and Internships
Employers are still posting jobs and internships on Handshake! Hundreds are posted each week, 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.”

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. You will also see a sampling of remote positions on the right side of this page.

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. During spring quarter, we launched a resume book program. On Handshake, you can submit your resume to any of our 14 resume books, categorized by interest community and job type (internships or full-time jobs). As employers contact us with hiring needs, we can grant them access to a particular resume book in one of these categories:

  • Arts / Media / Marketing
  • Consulting / Business
  • Health / Life Science
  • Law / Government / Policy
  • Non-Profit / Social Justice / Education
  • Sustainability / Conservation / Energy
  • Tech / Data / Gaming

To submit your resume to a resume book, log in to your Handshake account, navigate to “Jobs,” and enter “resume book” in the search field. You will see 14 in the list, and can submit to whichever best fits your career interests and type of position you’re seeking.

To make the most of the resume book resource, make sure:

  • Your full name is included in the document title
  • Your email address on your resume is accurate
  • You’ve set your Handshake privacy settings to allow employers to view your profile (either “Employers” or “Community”
  • You’ve completed and updated your Handshake profile.

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:

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. The question becomes, how can you still make these networking connections and get these referrals if you are limited to working and operating out of your home? Not to worry, there are still 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.

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

Questions? Feel free to email handshake@uw.edu.