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Levett Career Center

Handshake: Getting Started

In order to get the most from this powerful search tool, you should take a little time to let it know your needs and interests:

1. Log in to your account.

Handshake is "single sign on," so you can log in using your Hanover email and password. 

2. Update your profile.

Include your extracurricular activities, related coursework, and relevant projects.


3. Upload your resume.

Beforehand, of course, be sure that your document is current and carefully edited. For resume assistance, contact the Levett Career Center, or meet with a Career Peer Mentor

Location of document upload function.

The system will use your resume to automatically create content for your Work Experiences and Skills sections of your profile. Review these sections and edit them as necessary. (If you don't have a current resume, you can complete these sections by hand.)

photo of work experience and skills sections
4. Complete the Career Interests section.

Under the drop down menu on the top right, tell Handshake the locations, industries, job types and roles you are looking for. The system will tailor job notices and other news for you!

photo of career interests section
5. Search for jobs or internships.

Teach it to know you! Use key words to narrow down your search, select favorite jobs to stay posted on deadlines, or choose favorite companies to hear about their new postings. Save your searches if you'd like to be emailed with related opportunities as they arise.

Photo of Handshake's job search page

6. Make your profile public.

When you are ready to allow employers to find you in searches for which you are a match, be sure to click on the box to make your profile public. Otherwise, they will not be able to find you.

photo of the landing page's public profile option


7. Set your notification preferences.

Handshake allows you choices in the types of messages it can send you. In order to receive them, be sure to 'whitelist' "@joinhandshake.com" and "careercenter@hanover.edu" in your Hanover email.

Questions? Contact us or check out Handshake's excellent tips through its help center.