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A Firm Handshake

Connect to job and internship opportunities with Handshake, WilmU’s newest career platform that enables students and alumni to associate easily with employers to manage career development and browse job postings.

handshake logoThis user-friendly experience makes it easy to apply to jobs while allowing job recruiters nationwide to view information about talented candidates.

The platform tripled the University’s employer network in three months, according to Katie Ellis, assistant director of Career Services. It connects users to more than 200,000 companies, including 98 percent of Fortune 500 companies.

Ellis credits much of the platform’s impact on customization. When a user creates a profile, the program generates a list of suggested job openings based on his or her background, interests and skills. Employers can sort perspective employees by major, class work, skills, and more.

The offices of Work Integrated Learning and Career Services switched to the platform in July, and users love the new platform.

“I’ve had recruiters ask if we use Handshake because they only have to post their positions once to be effective,” says Ellis. “For University users, it makes the overwhelming process of finding a job easier. The design mirrors Facebook’s with a newsfeed approach to finding career events, job postings, and more. It’s even accessible on your mobile device, which is how most of us stay connected.”

Work Integrated Learning Specialist Shannon Jost says that the tool is also beneficial for internal purposes. “There are a lot of bells and whistles with Handshake that we are hoping to utilize to streamline processes and ultimately give our students a better way to find jobs,” she says. “Right now, we use the platform for internships, job openings and business partnerships, but there’s still room to add more features.” Wu

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