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Exciting News!

Handshake will be our new career platform (for students and alumni) with more jobs, more employers, more engagement, and a more personalized experience. Officially launched August 1, 2017!Handshake logo

You have continued access to RIT Job Zone (just in case you wish to pull some data or a copy of your resume from it). RIT Job Zone has been a good friend, but we are excited to introduce you to Handshake -- we are sure you will hit it off!



Handshake Highlights

Easily find the best jobs and co-ops/internships

Simple but powerful search tools and alerts help you find the best fit from more than 500,000 jobs and internships posted by 120,000 companies, non-profits and government organizations.

Show off your best self to employers

Quickly build out a rich profile that helps you stand out when employers search for students. Use our tips and examples to make it easy.

The most personalized experience

Handshake continually personalizes our career recommendations based on your interests and connections, helping you discover exciting new opportunities.

Handshake helps over 120,000 top employers easily find, recruit and hire the best college talent across the country.

Engineers, Accountants, Artists, Developers, Marketers, Agronomists, Chemists. They’re all on Handshake.

Handshake Tutorials -- Get Savvy

Here's the link to the Handshake Help Center -- believe us, it is REALLY helpful!

Some popular topics:

How to Search for Jobs & Co-ops/Internships

How to Save A Job Search

How to Upload Documents

How to Edit or Remove Documents

How to Apply for On Campus Interviews

Getting Started

Ready to start using Handshake? Great! Once your login with your RIT computer account credentials -- take these quick steps:

1. About logging in. Ideally you should login with your RIT Computer account and you will be taken directly to your profile. But, you can sign in with your email. Problem is it has to be your RIT email (not nor Hotmail nor Gmail, etc.) and you will get prompted to set up another password. If you don't use your email you will be in pending and unable to go further.

2. Once you’re on RIT's page, a good first step is to update your Profile (link on left hand side of your Handshake page).
Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile (this information would have been provided by RIT Office of Career Services, with support from the Registrar). 

  Check to be sure all pre-loaded information is correct. Pay especially close attention to your major and GPA (if included).  If you find an error in any of your profile data, contact RIT's Office of Career Services to correct it. (Note: Handshake is unable to change any of your profile data, so contacting your school is best.)

  Do you want employers to be able to view your profile? You’ll need to decide whether to make your profile public or private [Details]

A public profile, and most information in the profile, can be seen by any employer on Handshake and by your Career Services Center. (Note: There are some Handshake profile components, like GPA, that have their own privacy settings. So you can make your profile public, but your GPA private, for example). Your profile can’t be seen by other students or by Career Services Centers at other schools.

If you make your profile private, it can only be seen by you and your school’s Career Services Center.  

You can switch your privacy status at any time, from private to public or from public to private.

The more information you add to your profile, the easier it will be for employers to find you and to make good decisions about whether or not you might be a good fit for their job postings.

3. Upload a document. You’ll likely want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers (and the Office of Career Services team) to see. [Video]

4. Personalize Handshake. This is what makes Handshake so cool! If you select the “Personalize Handshake” button within the "Do what you love" box on the main page, you will be asked to respond to questions about your career interests, post-graduation plans and locations of interest.  This data will help the Handshake system suggest jobs and events of interest (similar to Spotify or Netflix recommendation lists.)

5. Take Handshake for a spin. Use the landing page, top search bar and filters to look for companies and jobs you’re interested in learning more about or applying to. Remember, you can always save your searches in Handshake so finding relevant employers and jobs will be easy.

How to Search for a Co-op for a Specific Term

There are many ways to refine your job search. Here is the way to find co-ops/internships for your major and specific semesters.

Start by clicking on Jobs and Internships on the left hand navigation bar. You will be taken to the Job Postings page.

Select your Major

Select Show Advanced Options
Under Label – select View All then select the correct term

co-op - fall
co-op - spring
co-op - spring/summer
co-op - summer
co-op - summer/fall

We add this label to all reviewed co-op jobs. Your search will automatically populate on the right hand side. You can also search for jobs using Job Function, Keyword, Employer Industry and Job Function. Click here for more details:

To save a custom search, simply select your filter options and perform your search. Click on Save these filters. Enter the name and description of your search and click 'Save'. It will now appear under My Saved Filters. To view jobs based on one of your saved lists, click on that list from My Saved Filters.

If you find an opportunity in Handshake that is not labelled co-op - (term) then run it past your career services coordinator or department to approve it before you apply -- it may qualify as a co-op.

To learn more about Saved Searches read How do I save a search? Or you can watch 2 Minute Training: How to Save a Search [video]