Handshake is a website providing job and internship postings, events, and special subscription resources specifically for Carthage College students and alumni.
Handshake for Employers
If you are an employer and wish to find experienced and dedicated employees, sign up on Handshake to request job postings for Carthage students and alumni! Our team will review your company and approve your profile; then, you will be allowed to post your position(s). Once you have posted a position, you will be able to view all of our student profiles and post detailed information about your position.
A quick start guide for employers about how to create accounts and how to post positions on Handshake.
Handshake for Students and Recent Alumni
As a current student or a recent alumnus, Carthage has already made a Handshake account for you! You can claim your account to get started on viewing various professional opportunities!
Once you have your account, be sure to check out the jobs, employers, and events to view what opportunities are available for you! Take the exploration on the go by downloading Handshake for your mobile device by using these links:
Handshake for Faculty, Staff, and Experienced Alumni
If you graduated prior to May 2019, or are a faculty or staff member seeking Handshake access, you will need to register as a student on Handshake and request to connect with Carthage College.
Here are the steps:
1. Go to the Handshake student sign up page and select the “Sign up here” link in the top-right corner.
2. Complete the information appropriately using your Carthage.edu email address. If you are a faculty or staff member who is not an alumna/us, please select the date you started working at Carthage.
3. Select the “Create Account” button once you have entered your information.
4. Check for an email message from Handshake about verifying your account.
5. Your request will be sent to Carthage College on Handshake to join as a student ,which it will be approved by a staff member in 1-2 business days.
6. While your account is being reviewed, you can add more information about yourself. This will help Handshake recommend jobs, events, and employers, as well as help employers find you based on your skills and experiences.
7. Once approved, you now have access to all of Carthage’s Handshake resources!
Scheduling Appointments with The Aspire Center on Handshake
All appointments that need to be scheduled with The Aspire Center will be done through your Handshake account. After logging on to Handshake through your student credentials do the following:
1. Click the drop-down option from the “Career Center” tab in the top-right and select the “Appointments” option.
2. Here, click “Schedule A New Appointment” to begin the appointment scheduling process.
3. Choose a category that relates to either your major or field of interest you wish to meet about.
4. Now you can select which type of appointment for which you wish to meet our staff.
5. Then, select a date and time to meet for your appointment.
6. Finally, type the reasoning you are scheduling the appointment for and what you are hoping to get out of it.
7. The appointment is now scheduled, so mark it down in your Google Calendar and we’ll see you soon!
Job Search Safety
Conduct a successful and safe job search by following some general tips:
- Research each company to which you are applying. Google the name of the company followed
by the words “fraud”, “complaint”, “scam” and “reviews.”
- Beware of check and money order scams. Some may be disguised as personal assistant jobs.
Here are some red flags that should prompt concern:
- You are hired before meeting with the employer (either physically or via Skype)
- Job description misspellings
- You are asked to give credit card or bank account information along with your personal
information (e.g. social security number, driver’s license number, etc.)
- You are asked to send a payment to apply
- You receive an unexpectedly large check
- You are promised a large salary for little work in an entry level position
- You receive an email from a seemingly legitimate company but the email address does
not match the company’s website domain (e.g. email@example.com vs.
firstname.lastname@example.org). Be cautious of general email accounts (e.g. Gmail,
Yahoo, and Exchange)
- Job posting does not mention responsibilities. Instead, it focuses on the money you will
- If the position is an international opportunity, does it include travel expenses and
upfront fees? Again, research the company.
**If a job opportunity seems too good to be true or you feel uncomfortable,
proceed with extreme caution and report the employer to The Aspire Center!**
If you feel like you received a seemingly fraudulent posting, report it to Carthage College The Aspire Center or The Internet Crime Complaint Center and end all communication with the employer.