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Handshake: Student and Alumni FAQs

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Who can use Handshake?

Currently enrolled K-State students, graduate students, and alumni (upon request) are eligible. Only K-State students and alumni may participate in on-campus recruiting.

Why should I use Handshake?

Handshake users have the ability to explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities geared towards K-State students. The platform pushes out customized content that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences and major. Handshake is where you can apply for part or full-time jobs and internships, schedule an appointment with your career advisor, sign up for events, workshops or employers coming to K-State for on-campus interviewing and information sessions.

How do I access Handshake?

Current Students:

  1. Visit the Handshake login page
  2. Use your K-State eID and password in order to login


  1. Request access using the Career Center request by clicking on the Alumni button on the Handshake login page
  2. Allow two business days to receive an email with your login information

Profile and Qualifications

My class year is inaccurate; how can I change it?

On your profile page, click on the pencil icon next to the "School Year" field and make your selection from the dropdown menu.

How do I add my GPA(s) to my profile?

The GPA fields are unlocked and you can add your departmental and cumulative GPAs to your profile. To do so, click on the Pencil icon next to "Primary Education" (top right on your profile screen) and enter your data. Be sure to scroll down and click "save" before leaving the page. It may take a few minutes for your GPA to show on your profile.

Why can't I add my minor(s)?

Handshake does not accommodate minors within the system. Minors may be incorporated in job search documents such as resumes or transcripts. Employers to not screen for candidates based on minor, so this will not change your eligibility for any opportunity posted in Handshake.


I'm being blocked from applying for a job because of my qualifications (major, GPA...). What can I do?

Any eligible client who has access to Handshake can apply for any job in Handshake, regardless of qualifications. While no client is ever blocked from applying, you may not necessarily be fully qualified based on items such as major, GPA, etc. However, you may see a system message that indicates you are missing a qualification. Please note that this will not stop you from submitting your application for any opportunity.

Can I save a search and have new results emailed to me, like I could in my Career Center Account?

You may save searches by going to the job posting module in Handshake. After selecting criteria, click on the "+" button next to "Saved Searches." Name your saved search by giving it a title you will remember. Once it is saved, you can go back to it selecting "Saved Searches" and search for the title. 

How do I upload my resume, transcript or work samples?

When you apply for a posting that requires a transcript or work sample, click on "Apply Now" and select "Document Type" underneath the heading "Upload a Document." You are able to identify your document by selecting the document type from the menu.

What if I have other questions or need more assistance with Handshake?

For other Handshake-related questions, visit Handshake's Help Center.



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