Handshake Student & Alumni FAQ

Need help with Handshake? Not a problem! Below is a list of answers to FAQ specific to the University of Washington. In addition, please note the following resources:

Handshake Help Center – Handshake created articles specific to student/alumni users to assist you with navigating and utilizing the platform!

Handshake Support Team – Contact the Handshake Support Team directly for any technical difficulties you may be experiencing or  general questions about utilizing Handshake

Email the UW Career & Internship Center for any questions you have specific to the University of Washington on Handshake, such as being unable to login to the system, locked profile fields, events & appointments with a specific Career Center, etc.


Accessing Handshake FAQ

Question: I tried to log into Handshake with my UWNetID credentials at https://uw.joinhandshake.com/login, but was led to a screen to either ‘Set Up Single Sign On’, ‘Register an Account’, or ‘Cancel SSO Configuration’. What should I do?

Answer: In order to have an account set up for you in Handshake, you must be registered for the current or upcoming academic quarter in a degree-seeking program at UW Seattle or Bothell. Please do not attempt to create an account in Handshake, as it will NOT be connected to the University of Washington! If you are a registered student still encountering access issues, please email handshake@uw.edu with your full name and student ID number.

UW Seattle/Bothell degree’d alumni should complete a request form to have an account created for them.

UW Tacoma students and alumni are served by an exclusively UW Tacoma Handshake platform and may sign in at https://uwmilgard.joinhandshake.com/login. Any access issues for the UW Tacoma Handshake platform can be directed to tcareer@uw.edu.


Profile FAQ

Question: The ‘College’ listed within my Primary Education is locked and I need to change/update it. How can I do that?:

Answer: Please email us at handshake@uw.edu to request any updates to the ‘College’ field in your profile, and include your full name as well as your student ID number

Question: If I choose to publish my profile, how can employers find me?

Answer: Employers can search for and identify student profiles by class level, Major category type, individual UW Majors, a graduation date range, an overall and departmental GPA range, and by primary college. They may also directly message you through Handshake if your skillset matches a role they are looking to fill, so keep your profile information up to date!

Question: Will employers be able to see my resume and other documents if I publish my profile?

Answer: No. Employers will ONLY be able to view documents you’ve uploaded into Handshake if you choose to make the document ‘VISIBLE’. You may update this preference next to each document, at any time.


Job Search FAQ

Question: I’m an international student. How can I search for jobs that I am eligible to apply to?

Answer: Once you’ve indicated your Work Authorization status as well as OPT/CPT eligibility from within your profile, you may search for opportunities that are open to international student applicants. From the job search page, simply select the ‘Filters’ button, select the drop down menu under ‘Employer Preferences’ and select the checkbox next to the ‘US Work Authorization’ option, then click the ‘See Jobs’ button.

Question: How can I search for jobs within one city only, without pulling in hits that are in the surrounding areas?

Answer: Type in the city within the ‘Keyword’ search rather than the ‘Location’ search. This will ensure you are presented with a list of opportunities located in the exact city you’re looking to pinpoint.

Question: How can I get my resume in front of employers?

Answer: Check out our virtual resume books! On Handshake, submit your resume to any of our 14 resume books, categorized by interest community and job type. As employers contact us with hiring needs, we can pass along your resume. Log in to your Handshake account, navigate to “Jobs,” and enter “resume book” in the search field.


On-Campus Interview FAQ

Question: I missed a job expiration date or an interview schedule is full. What can I do?:

Answer: Once a job deadline has passed, there is unfortunately no way to submit an application. Please feel free to favorite the employer and check back to see if similar opportunities are posted and/or message the employer contact directly on Handshake if their information is available. If you are having an issue selecting a slot for an interview schedule you may review this article or contact the Career Center where the on-campus interviews are being held (Foster Career Services, Career & Internship Center, or UW Bothell Career Services).

Question: How can I withdraw from an interview?

Answer: Once an employer has selected/updated your application you will not be able to withdraw. If you need to do this, please contact the Career Center where the on-campus interviews are being held (Foster Career Services, Career & Internship Center, or UW Bothell Career Services).

Question: Can I take more than one slot on an interview schedule?

Answer: Not all employers will allow you to interview more than once on a schedule, but if you believe you need to be added to additional slots please contact the career center where the on-campus interviews are being held (Foster Career Services, Career & Internship Center, or UW Bothell Career Services).


Appointment FAQ

Question: Where can I find/How can I see Appointments in Handshake?

Answer: You’ll be able to book an appointment with your respective Career Center by logging into your Handshake account and navigating to the ‘Career Center’ tab in the top header bar and selecting ‘Appointments’. Please note that not all Career Centers manage appointments through Handshake. If you have any questions please contact your respective Career Center (Foster Career Services, Career & Internship Center, Career Center @ Engineering, or UW Bothell Career Services).

Question: I’m seeing a message that reads “Your career services center has restricted your access to this feature. Below is a list of staff members you can contact”. What does this mean?

Answer: Most appointments are offered to currently registered, matriculating students and/or recent UW graduates who graduated within the past two years (24 months). If you are seeing the above message it means that you are not one of the above listed groups. If you believe you are seeing this message in error, please contact handshake@uw.edu.