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A Different Kind of Handshake

Handshake is a career management software platform designed to help connect students and alumni with employers all over the country. Since 2014, 
Handshake has evolved into a dynamic and innovative tool where users can find and apply for positions, research employers, find hiring events and utilize valuable resources for the job search. Over 200,000 employers have joined the system to post job and internship opportunities and share information about their organization. 

One of the most powerful aspects of Handshake is that when an employer connects with one of the over 400 colleges or universities in the system, they become available to all the schools. This means that for students, there are potential employers all throughout the US and even internationally. Job seekers can use this to find local employers, connect with recruiters and learn more about the industry. 

In addition to searching for jobs, Handshake has valuable resources for a student's career planning. There are guidebooks for assistance in developing a resume, cover letter and finding other job search resources. Users can find information to access career assessments and graduate school tools. 

Handshake supports a very intuitive user interface, so navigating the site is quick and easy. It's completely mobile-friendly and has recently released an app for iOS that will curate and present opportunities based on the user's profile. 

As the Director of Career Services, I am especially excited to introduce this system to Columbia College. Our students will be able to connect with organizations all over the country and find opportunities in their industry. Additionally, Handshake will provide one place where students can access resources, hiring and graduate events in a mobile-friendly and intuitive environment. Handshake is always looking to improve their product and is very focused on helping curate opportunities for students based on their profile. Overall, we are thrilled to be able to offer this to our students, alumni and employers!

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