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Handshake is the #1 way college students find jobs.

Join today and get recruited by the top employers for full-time jobs, part-time jobs, and internships.

Handshake is designed for students who are just getting started in their careers or looking to make a pivot to a new industry. 


Join Handshake


Why should you use Handshake?

  1. Get hired
    Discover and land jobs and internships.
  2. Get discovered
    Get messaged by employers that want to hire you.
  3. Get connected
    Connect with employers and learn more about their company.
  4. Get expert help
    From career-building resources to employers recommended by your career center.

Get Started with Handshake

Download the app
Search for “Handshake” on the App Store or Google Play or visit app.joinhandshake.com. To access from a computer, visit frederick.joinhandshake.com/login.

Login or create an account
Use your FCC email and password to login
(ex: [email protected])

Complete your profile
Upload a resume and fill in your career interests

Explore & Connect
Find companies, jobs, and events of interest

Handshake App


Over 850K employers of all industries, locations and sizes are on Handshake - that includes 100% of the Fortune 500 companies.

Handshake is increasingly known as the #1 place for employers to go to recruit early talent, meaning first job ever or first job in a new industry if you’re changing careers or returning to the workforce after taking some time off.


3 must-haves on your Handshake profile

Employers find you based on the career interests in your Handshake profile. Interests include:


  1. Job type: Do you want an internship, part-time job, or full-time job?
  2. Location: Which cities do you want to work in?
  3. Job roles: Select the types of jobs you want, like marketing associate or data analyst.


Fun Fact: 80% of students with these 3 must-haves will receive a DM from an employer.

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Handshake Tips


Get to know your way around the Handshake app!

Log in as a student to show:
  • Homepage: Personalized recommendations from events to jobs.
  • Events: See all the events in the area, then filter.
  • Jobs: Explore jobs to get an idea of what you’re interested in, filter to find more specific opportunities, and check out reviews on the job page.
  • Employers: Use this to discover your short list of target employers. The more accurate your career interests are, the more specific your recommendations will become.
  • Profile: Update your profile! Peruse the “discover more students” section where you can see others on the network. You can filter just for students from your school as well.
  • Notifications preferences & adding additional emails: Select where and how often you want to receive notifications.

Attend an event

Browse upcoming sessions on the “Events” page or check out our recommendations for you on the Handshake homepage.

  • Meet with employers at events to learn more about a role you’re interested in
  • Attend career fairs virtually or in-person
  • Check out events created by Career Services designed to help your job search

The best way to stand out to recruiters is to take time to learn more about their companies. Explore events that interest you and register to attend! Always follow up after meeting a potential employer with a brief and personalized thank you note.

Message an employer

Get the inside scoop on the job you want by messaging an employer first!

  • Start off with a friendly opening
  • Tell them a little bit about yourself
  • Ask a few questions about the role and the company

You can search for employers who are open to messaging (this is a filter available in Job search) and either through their profile or directly on job postings you will see recruiters who are open to virtual info chats. Leverage this to learn more about their company, what it’s like to work there, and what they are looking for in candidates.

Sign up for a virtual info chat

Book an informal 15 minute one-on-one conversation with an employer to learn more about a specific role or company!

  • Schedule a chat via the “Find the time” button
  • Make sure you’re dressed for the part
  • Have a list of prepared Q&A ready to make your application stand out

You may notice recruiters making themselves available to chat directly on job postings. Sign up for a time! 
Need support or have questions about Handshake? Reach out to Career Services.
Anne Scholl-Fiedler
Assistant Director, Career & Academic Planning Services
Jefferson Hall, J203 · 301.624.2795
[email protected]