By Brent Spivey
Handshake is the gateway to success for Cal Poly Pomona students when interacting with businesses and organizations at career fairs hosted by the Career Center throughout the year.
As a useful job search tool, Handshake helps students locate part-time, full-time and paid internships that are best suited to their qualifications.
According to fourth year management and human resources student Cindy Frausto, the new resource tool is great for new and engaging opportunities.
“Handshake offers jobs globally, which gives students far more opportunities than previously used programs,” Frausto said.
“A lot of schools and businesses license with Handshake making it a popular resource.”
It can also be used to connect to the Career Center’s various services, events and resources.
Before students setup an account, they should check-in with the Career Center because accounts have already been established for all CPP students.
All students would need to do is personalize their accounts with their specific information such as their resume and cover letter.
Students can utilize Handshake to setup advising appointments as well.
Prior to summer 2017, BroncoConnection was the primary software used, but currently Handshake has revolutionized the transfer of information from employers to students by creating a more personal approach, seemingly bridging the best of Facebook with LinkedIn.
There is even an Apple Store app that has been developed for convenience once the profile strength bar is completed.
Android’s Handshake app is still under development.
The Career Center does an amazing job at filtering out fraudulent job postings.
Handshake also offers a system of checks and balances in the form of flagging.
Students play an important role in determining whether something is legitimate, so the Career Center encourages students to stay vigilant when applying.
Mock interviews are great to practice in preparation for the upcoming career fairs and events.
The Career Center utilizes “Big Interview” as a free source to practice easy, medium and hard interviews.
Big Interview also records the interview with the computers webcam, so students can review the strengths and weaknesses with counselors.
These tend to fill up quickly so make sure to sign up soon to practice with industry specific questions and how to address inappropriate questions.
On Campus Interviews (OCI) can also be accessed through Handshake for both students and alumni.
“Over 300 schools use the name Handshake, so we chose not change the universal term and cause confusion between students and employers,” Career Counselor Cherrie Peters said.
“It’s simple, user friendly and updated for this generation. We’ve fostered relationships with employers and businesses over the years and are always networking. We encourage students to email us with companies or organizations they would like to see represented at the events.”
The next Career Center event is the Graduate and Professional School Fair to be held Tuesday Nov. 7, in the University Quad from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Career Center Director Tom Munnerlyn encourages students to take advantage of what the Career Center offers.
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The Handshake system is available for student use
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