Handshake at Brown

We’ve got a new and improved way to engage with CareerLAB.



Starting in June, 2017, Handshake at Brown is the one-stop-shop for Brown undergraduate, graduate students, and alumni to access all the resources and services offered by the CareerLAB. Use the FAQ below to learn more.

Who can use Handshake?
Why should I use Handshake?
How do I access Handshake?
When I logged into Handshake it asked me a lot of questions. Why do I have to answer all those questions and what if I don’t know the answers?
Does BrownConnect still work during this transition?
Do BrownConnect and Handshake work together? How? 
How do I find jobs and internships on Handshake? 
How do I apply for positions? 
How do I find out which employers are doing on campus interviews? 
How can I find career fairs, workshops and other events? 
How can I schedule a career counseling appointment? 
Is Handshake for first-year students and new masters and doctoral students? 
What’s the best way to get started filling out my profile? 
Since Brown doesn’t calculate GPA, why should I include it in my Handshake profile?
How do I calculate my GPA?
Do I need a resume? 
What does it mean if I make my Handshake profile public? 
How do I add my GPA(s) to my profile?
My class year is incorrect; how can I change it?
I’m being blocked from applying for a job because of my qualifications (concentration, GPA, or something else). What can I do?
Can I save a search and have new results emailed to me?
How do I upload my transcript? Or a writing sample?
What if I have other questions?

FAQ
Who can use Handshake?
We’ve created a profile for all graduate and undergraduate students that includes basic information like your degree status, class year, concentration, or area of study. The first time you log in you’ll be asked to update your profile so you can tailor what you see in Handshake at Brown and by extension BrownConnect, which will pull from your Handshake profile to make suggestions about internships and programs that might interest you. Only current Brown University graduate and undergraduate students may participate in on-campus recruiting. Alumni will need to create a profile when they log into Handshake at Brown for the first time. Back to top.

Why should I use Handshake?
Handshake at Brown allows you to access all of CareerLAB’s programs and resources appropriate for your degree and/or class year. On this platform, you can:

  • find and apply for jobs and internships
  • sign up for CareerLAB job and internship search and skill-building workshops, employer information sessions, and on-campus interviews
  • schedule a meeting with a career counselor 
  • link to the BrownConnect website to make alumni connections and find internship and research opportunities and funding (Please note that BrownConnect internships are for undergraduate students only.) 

The Handshake platform uses your preferences and the information you include in your profile to push out customized information that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences, degree, concentration, or area of study. Back to top.

How do I access Handshake?
Go to https://brown.joinhandshake.com/ Back to top.

When I logged into Handshake it asked me a lot of questions including whether I was searching for a job or internship, what options I was considering after graduation, where I wanted to live, and what industries interest me. Why do I have to answer all those questions and what if I don’t know the answers?
Handshake is designed to personalize your internship, job, and career search experience. It will use the answers to these questions to highlight jobs, internships, and programs that appeal to your interests. Similarly, the BrownConnect web tool will pull information from your Handshake profile to personalize your BrownConnect experience. 

That said, even if you don’t fill in your profile you can still use Handshake to apply to jobs and internships and access all of the CareerLAB’s resources. You can also start or update your profile at any time by logging into Handshake, clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner and selecting “My Profile.”

And, most importantly, if you want to talk to someone about your options for after graduation, your interest in different career fields, or anything else related to the internship, job, and career search you can schedule an appointment with a career counselor. Click "Career Center" in the top right-hand side of the page, select “Appointments” from the drop down menu and then click the “Schedule A New Appointment” button at the top of the page. Back to top.

Does BrownConnect still work during this transition?
Yes. You can continue to use BrownConnect to search for internships, research opportunities, funding and alumni connections all in one site. All internships posted in Handshake will also appear in BrownConnect. Back to top.

Do BrownConnect and Handshake work together? How?
Yes. Your profile in Handshake will feed directly into BrownConnect for a more personalized internship and search experience.  BrownConnect internship recommendations for undergraduates come directly from your Handshake profile.

BrownConnect is the tool to use to find undergraduate internship opportunities and funding and to find and connect with alumni. Use Handshake to apply for jobs, see relevant career articles, sign up for events and workshops, schedule a meeting with a counselor, and access the on-campus recruiting program. Back to top.

How do I find jobs and internships on Handshake? 
Handshake will provide a feed of jobs on your home page based on information included in your profile. To search additional jobs, simply select the ‘Jobs’ link at the top of the page, and set up the search criteria you are interested in. Handshake allows you to save multiple searches, so you can easily return to them and find new opportunities. Back to top.

How do I apply for positions? 
Apply for positions by clicking the ‘apply now’ button in the job posting on Handshake. Some jobs will allow you to apply right from Handshake, while others will direct you to an external site. Make sure to follow instructions and double check that you are submitting the correct materials. Back to top.

How do I find out which employers are doing on campus interviews? 
If you would like to browse for interviews coming up on campus, select the "Jobs" link at the top of the page and then select the "On-Campus Interviews" link. You can filter by the options on the left side of the screen to find the interviews you are interested in. Back to top.

How can I find career fairs, workshops and other events? 
Finding workshops and events in Handshake is easy. Start by clicking on the "Events" link on the top of the page. From there, you can choose to view "Upcoming Events," use the "Event Search" link to search through all events and the "Fair Search" link to view upcoming career fairs.  You can join events and workshops that you plan to attend, which will add them to your calendar and your "upcoming events" list in Handshake, making sure you don’t miss an event or fair that’s interesting to you. Back to top.

How can I schedule a career counseling appointment? 
Click "Career Center" in the top right-hand side of the page, select “Appointments” from the drop down menu and then click the “Schedule A New Appointment” button at the top of the page. Follow the prompts to select the type of appointment, date, and staff member with whom you’d like to meet. The CareerLAB’s career counselors are generalists, so you can choose any counselor that has an appointment available at a time that’s convenient for you. Back to top.

Is Handshake for first-year students and new masters and doctoral students? 
Yes! CareerLAB strongly encourages first year students and new masters and doctoral students to engage with our services and resources - and Handshake is the way to do that.

Peer Career Advisor Open Hours are Sunday through Friday, 1:30 to 3:30. This is the time to get any career or internship-related question answered quickly without an appointment. Also, our “Getting Started” workshops are great ways for first-year students to find out how the CareerLAB can help them with their internship, job, and career search. Log in to Handshake to schedule conversations with a counselor about internships or job options, concentrations, or fields of study and/or to learn about resume writing, CVs, employer events, and more.

Graduate students are welcome to attend PCA Open Hours, Sunday through Friday from 1:30 to 3:30, or to make an appointment. Programs on “Positioning yourself for Graduate School Success” will be announced in the fall. Back to top.

PROFILE, QUALIFICATION, AND OTHER QUESTIONS

What’s the best way to get started filling out my profile?
Students can upload resumes to Handshake, and use their resumes to fill out most of their profile information. You can choose whether to add specific entries from your resume to your profile, or leave them out. To do this, click on your name on the upper right hand side of the page and choose "Documents" from the drop down menu. Upload the resume you wish to use, or select from the list if it's already uploaded. Then click "Import Resume" next to the resume you wish to use. 

After a few seconds, you will be brought to the import selection screen. Choose which parts of your resume you wish to add to your profile. When you've made your selection, click the "View Profile" button at the bottom of the page. You can always edit your profile later to adjust the wording that was imported from your resume. Back to top.

Since Brown doesn’t calculate GPA, why should I include it in my Handshake profile?
Some employers in Handshake (about 10%) have a strict cutoff when it comes to GPA. If you don’t meet that threshold, you are likely not to be chosen for an interview. For that reason, we recommend all students include their GPA (self calculated) in their profile. The vast majority of employers look at a combination of factors and do not weigh GPA so heavily.  Back to top.

How do I calculate my GPA?
4 for A, 3 for B, 2 for C - add up the number of classes and divide. Do not include S/NC classes or study abroad classes. Back to top.

Do I need a resume? 
While you don’t need a resume to use Handshake, uploading a resume when you create your profile will allow Handshake to import the information on your resume to the fields on your profile, saving you time. You will need a resume when you begin applying for jobs and internships. You can find the CareerLAB’s resume tip sheet and samples on our Databases and Resources page here: https://www.brown.edu/campus-life/support/careerlab/resources. Over the summer you can get resume and cover letter help by e-mailing careerlab@brown.edu. During the school year undergraduates can get feedback on your materials by going to Peer Career Advisor walk in hours, Sunday through Friday, 1:30 to 3:30. Graduate students should check in September for walk in hours. Back to top.

What does it mean if I make my Handshake profile public? 
A public profile in Handshake means that employers connected with Brown are able to view your profile information. It is not visible to other students, or anyone not connected with Brown. You can have a public profile and keep some information (for example GPA) private. A public profile makes it easier for employers to find you for their top talent. Back to top.  

How do I add my GPA(s) to my profile?
The GPA fields are unlocked and you can add your concentration and cumulative GPAs to your profile. To do so, go to your profile page and click on the pencil icon to the right of "Primary Education" and enter your data. Be sure to scroll down and click "save" before leaving the page. It may take a few minutes for your GPA(s) to show on your profile. Back to top.

My class year is incorrect; how can I change it?
Click on your name in the upper right-hand corner, choose "Settings and Privacy" from the drop down menu. Go to the “School Year” field, and make your selection from the dropdown menu. Make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page and click the "Save Update" button. Back to top.

I’m being blocked from applying for a job because of my qualifications (concentration, GPA, or something else). What can I do?
Any eligible student who has access to Handshake can apply for any job or internship in Handshake, regardless of qualifications. While no student is ever blocked from applying, you may not necessarily be fully qualified based on items like degree level, field of study, concentration, or GPA. However, you may see a system message with the following image that indicates you are missing a qualification:  

Please note that this will not stop you from submitting your application for any opportunity or stop the employer from receiving, reviewing and considering your application, but when the employer reviews your application in the system it will be flagged as “not fully qualified” based on the employer’s criteria. Back to top.

Can I save a search and have new results emailed to me?
You may save searches by going to the job posting module in Handshake.  After selecting criteria, click on the "Save these filters" link near the top of the page. Name your saved search by giving it a title you will remember.  Once it is saved, you can go back to it selecting “My Saved Filters” and search for the title. Handshake provides a visual tutorial on how to save a search in their help module. No results can be emailed to you, but we encourage you to go into Handshake regularly to refresh the saved search. Back to top.

How do I upload my transcript? Or a writing sample?
When you apply for a posting that requires a transcript, click on “Apply Now” and select “Document Type” underneath the heading “Upload a Document.”  You are able to identify your document as a transcript by selecting “transcript” on the document type picklist. Handshake provides a visual tutorial on how to upload a document. Back to top.

What if I have other questions?
For other Handshake-related questions visit Handshake's Help Center or e-mail careerlab@brown.edu. For technical issues, you may submit a help ticket directly to Handshake.
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