Handshake, the ultimate career network and recruiting platform for college students and young alumni, is here! Created by students at Michigan Tech who were frustrated by the lack of opportunities on campus and the antiquated approach to college recruiting, Handshake is now used at over 400 schools nationwide and connects 230K employers to over 6 million students. Joining Handshake allows you to connect with thousands of top employers, get personalized job recommendations based on your major and interests, register for events and view career fair information, manage on-campus interviews, and schedule appointments with career counselors!

All current UA students and recent graduates (those who received their degree in the most recent graduation ceremony up) have a profile on Handshake connected to the University of Arkansas. You can customize it by adding your resume, profile picture, career interests, work experiences, etc. Recent graduates will have free access to Handshake until the 11th day of class for the semester following graduation. (i.e.: May graduates will have access until the 11th day of class in the following fall semester, December graduates will have access until the 11th day of class in the following spring semester).

UA Alumni who are paying Alumni Association Members can request access to Handshake as well! Alumni who are not paying members will need to join or renew their Alumni Association Membership by visiting the Alumni Association Membership page. Once your Alumni Association Membership fee has been paid, email a receipt of your paid membership to career@uark.edu to request access to Handshake.

To begin:

  1. How do I start using Handshake?
  2. Students: Login to Handshake using your UARK email and password.

    Arkansas Alumni Association Members: Login to Handshake and select "Student/Alumni." If you no longer have a UARK email and password, you can sign up using any personal email address. We will verify that you are a paying Alumni Association Member when you create your Handshake account and request to join the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

    If you are a first-time user, Handshake has some great resources to get started in their Help Center.

  3. What documents are needed to use Handshake?
  4. In order to apply for jobs in Handshake you will need to upload your resume. View How to Upload a Document for instructions on uploading your resume and other documents. Some organizations may also require a cover letter and/or a copy of your transcript. U of A students and alumni can request electronic versions of their transcripts online.

  5. How often should I check Handshake?
  6. Handshake is updated every day, so new job opportunities are always added to the system. You should check every few days at a minimum. You can also edit your default notification preferences, so you can receive an email to notify you about specific changes to applications, events, interview schedules, etc. Click here to see what the default notifications preferences are for you.