By Sally Bishop
In a struggling economy, University of Cincinnati students must use every advantage to attract the attention of prospective employers and land internships and summer positions.
Handshake, a career network platform similar to LinkedIn but designed for college students, can be an invaluable ally in the search, showcasing student aptitudes, accomplishments and career interests and connecting them with companies seeking their skills.
UC adopted Handshake a few years ago, requiring incoming freshmen to create an account. Employers with positions listed on Handshake specifically seek UC students and have hired them in the past for internships and full-time positions after graduation.
Handshake coaching is an integral service offered by UC's Bearcat Promise Studio, which offers extensive professional development and job search consultation. Here, director Ellie Bridges shares her top tips for students who want to make the Handshake experience pay off for them: