Get the Handshake App
All résumés must now be approved by The Department of Career Planning & Development (CPD) before becoming active in Handshake. Be sure to download the guide that our Department uses to approve uploaded documents (See link for Resume Rubric below).
Students and Alumni should be prompt in submitting a résumé for activation. We make every effort to be timely in the approval process, but cannot guarantee a turnaround of less than two (2) business days.
Students: Start using Handshake today:
- Visit kennesaw.joinhandshake.com
- Click "Kennesaw State University Sign-on"
- Login using your KSU Net ID & Password (students)
- If you've never logged in before, you'll have to set up a few essentials, like your major, address, graduation date, and privacy preferences. You can upload a resume right away or just jump right into the tools and features of Handshake.
- Now simply start browsing the hundreds of opportunities, accessible from the Jobs tab in your left-hand menu. Need help navigating to find the best jobs and internships for you? Continue reading our PRO TIPS below.
PRO TIPS for using Handshake:
Keyword search with caution. We've been spoiled by Google, but the Handshake search engine is not quite as powerful, and we recognize that and find ways around it. When you use keyword search, remember, it's searching for each individual word, NOT the phrase you typed in. Results are returned in order of most recently posted to oldest, NOT by relevancy, as you may be used to in other search engines. So, it behooves you to go all the way back to Page 7 of your results, because your dream job might have been posted six weeks ago!
Try browsing instead. When you're on the Jobs page, where it's showing all postings, head into Advanced Search immediately. There, you can narrow down location and job type, but you can also search in specific industries, or a student favorite, by Job Function. This is where you'll find great jobs and internships that might never be listed in your Recommended Jobs tab. You're a Geography major, and you searched 'geography' with no luck? Sounds about right. But try Job Function categories like Agriculture/Natural Resources/Environment, Government/Policy, Research, an International Organizations, and suddenly you've got a lot more options.
Check back often. Obviously like your hunt for the perfect job or internship, it's a fast-changing landscape and organizations are looking for great talent all the time, not just during the Career Fair seasons or around graduation. The 'real world' isn't bound by the semester schedule. Dozens of new jobs are posted every week. So check back every few days if you're looking for something soon, or at least once a month if you're looking casually.
Interview without leaving campus. Yes, you read that right. There are employers every semester who utilize our On-Campus Interviewing (OCI) service, which means you apply to open positions posted in Handshake, then they contact you if they're interested, to schedule an interview that takes place right inside our offices. To find current OCI postings, head to the Jobs main board, and you'll see the tab for On-Campus Interviewing, which will bring up the full list of current opportunities.
Use the other resources in the top menu. Don't leave after you're done with your job search. The Employer Directory, information about the Career Fairs, and the Career Finder and Career Explorer tools are all waiting to assist you. Stay awhile; click around a bit.
It's a resource and tool, so it won't find a job for you. That's still up to you! Found a great employer but they're not hiring interns at the moment? Save the information you find, and check back later. Better yet, head to their website to see if there's more information about their opportunities, or a way to contact them directly. Think broadly when you're job searching, and that next great opportunity is yours for the taking.