Handshake Newsletter

Tutorials, data, and updates for staff and faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Career Services Administration brings you the ‘Handshake at the University of Minnesota,' a monthly newsletter for student-facing staff or simply staff who want to know more about Handshake from the student perspective. Each month, we’ll show you: “Student how-to’s”, University-wide data pulled directly from Handshake, and share relevant behind-the-scenes information about the specific topics. 

Please send any questions about Handshake to your college/campus superuser, and any questions related to this newsletter to Becky Hall, [email protected] .

*Handshake was previously referred to as GoldPASS powered by Handshake. You may see the term GoldPASS still used in some videos, training material, and in past editions of the newsletter.

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October 2020

HOW TO COMPLETE/UPDATE STUDENT PROFILES

Students who fill out their Handshake profiles are more likely to find the career that best suits them. Why? To put it simply, they will get more relevant job recommendations and an increased likelihood of being messaged by a recruiter on Handshake.

It's recommended students update their resume and profile (GPA, Classification, etc) at least once per semester to ensure they are getting access to information that is most relevant for them.

 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH

What is the difference between total logins and unique logins? Total logins is the number of all logins over time. Unique logins account for the same user to login more than once; meaning it only counts the user as one login even if they login more than once in a given time period.
 
 
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (major, school year, degree, etc.) is self-reported or not reported at all.

BEHIND THE SCENES 

Students are marketed to based on data in their completed profiles.
What does a completed profile on GoldPASS powered by Handshake look like? A completed profile has all the student's information filled in with a professional profile photo. You can refer to the “How to” section of this newsletter to see everything that must be filled in.

 

SEPTEMBER JOB COMPARISONS
 
In September 2019, there were a total of 2986 active opportunities posted and in September 2020, there were 1868 active opportunities posted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake. While the COVID-19 has impacted the job market, you can see that there are still professional opportunities being posted for our students.
 
 

November 2020

HOW TO UPLOAD AND EDIT DOCUMENTS

Some employers recruit directly through GoldPASS and will reach out to students who make a good first impression. Uploading documents - such as resumes, cover letters, transcripts, and work samples - helps students stand out and showcase their current skills and accomplishments.

Updating and editing documents on Handshake is simple!

 
FUN FACT OF THE MONTH

What is a resume? A resume is a document created and used by a person to present their background, skills, and accomplishments.
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. This data was recorded on November 2nd, 2020 and encompasses all resumes uploaded at the time.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Did you know students cannot apply to jobs through Handshake without having an approved resume on file? Some colleges review the student’s resume to ensure they make a good first impression with employers. This can take up to two business days. The colleges that review the first resumes are: CLA, CSE, CFANS, CDes, CCAPS, CEHD, CBS, and UMD.
 

OCTOBER JOB COMPARISONS
 
Job prospects aren't as bleak as you might think. Comparing the data for October 2019 to October 2020, there was only an 11% drop in the number of jobs posted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake.  
 

December 2020

HOW TO EDIT CAREER INTERESTS

Keeping career interests up to date allows students to get the most relevant events, fairs, jobs, and more on their homepage. Career interests can be edited anytime in three simple steps:
    Step 1: Click their name in the top right corner, then click on Career Interests in the drop-down box.
    Step 2: Pick preferences for each category
    Step 3: Save the career interests by clicking the green button in the bottom right corner.


 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH

Students set personal goals to help not only guide themselves but also to let their career service office know what to help them with. 

Student industry interests are reported by the students themselves, giving career services a general view of where our students hope to work. (To see a full list of student industry interests click the graph below)

So we have more information to help students with their career exploration whenever possible encourage students to fill out their career interests.

 

*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. This data was recorded on December 3rd, 2020 and encompasses all interests recorded at the time.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Machine Learning (aka Artificial Intelligence or AI) is the technology that drives what shows up at the top of a student's Handshake home screen. Students completing their career interests aids the AI to learn what career opportunities the individual user is most interested in.
If you'd like to learn more about AI & Machine Learning here are a couple resources for you: z.umn.edu/machine-learning  z.umn.edu/what-is-machine-learning 

 
 
NOVEMBER JOB COMPARISONS
 
The number of jobs posted in November 2020 dropped slightly compared to November 2019. However, there were still over 4,500 jobs posted on Goldpass!
  

January 2021

HOW TO UPDATE NOTIFICATIONS 

GoldPASS powered by Handshake allows students to receive notifications when various activities (e.g., jobs, events, fairs, interviews) occur that they are interested in knowing about.
 
FUN FACT OF THE MONTH

Employers approved by UMN can see and reach out to students with public profiles.
 

*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data was collected on December 16th, 2020.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Staff can invite students to fairs and events, but only if students have their notification preferences set to allow messages from Handshake.
 

DECEMBER JOB COMPARISONS
 
Wrapping up 2020 - December's job postings continue to show that there are many job postings on GoldPASS.

February 2021

 
 

MONTH OF FEBRUARY

Career Services Administration brings you the ‘GoldPASS powered by Handshake Update,’ a monthly newsletter for student-facing staff or simply staff who want to know more about Handshake from the student perspective. Each month, we’ll show you: “Student how-to’s”, University-wide data pulled directly from Handshake, and share relevant behind-the-scenes information about the specific topics. 

Please send any questions about Handshake to your college/campus superuser, and any questions related to this newsletter to [email protected].


Visit our GoldPASS website for additional student tutorials and staff resources.

This edition of the monthly GoldPASS powered by Handshake Update is focused on Employer accounts. Career Services reviews the legitimacy of all employer accounts before they can post professional opportunities for U of M students and alumni to view. This is a common business practice across institutions, so Handshake has an "Employer Trust Score" built into the technology.  
Additionally, Employers who are connected with U of M on Handshake have the ability to reach out to students and alumni who have their privacy settings set up accordingly.
HOW TO CHANGE PROFILE VISIBILITY AND CONNECT WITH RECRUITERS

Students can change their profile’s privacy settings by going to settings and scrolling down to the privacy box. There they can change the visibility of their profile to community, employers or private. Once a student’s profile is set to employer or community, they can receive messages from recruiters about open opportunities, fairs, events, and more.
 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH

Employers are the organizations approved at the U of M that are able to post professional opportunities, sign up for on-campus interviews, register for fairs, and more.

Contacts are the recruiters who work at the organizations.

 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on February 9th, 2021.
Data collected on February 16th, 2021.

BEHIND THE SCENES

Ensuring our students have access to bonafide organizations is a priority for Handshake and UMN Career Services.  Handshake has an Employer Trust Score built into their technology, and career services review the legitimacy of all organizations prior to making them visible to our students and alumni. 
 

JANUARY JOB COMPARISONS
 
Kicking off the year in a spectacular way. The number of jobs on GoldPASS barely went down from 2020 and actually went up from 2019!
 

March 2021

 
HOW TO CREATE SAVED SEARCHES AND APPLY TO JOBS
 
It's helpful for students to create saved searches in GoldPASS so they can have a set of criteria to come back to when searching for opportunities. Creating a saved search allows students to set up alerts when a new position is posted that meets their needs. From there they can apply internally or externally on GoldPASS.
 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH
 
All opportunities on GoldPASS are professional in nature and align with the majors offered at the 5 U of M campus locations.

Cooperative Education: A combination of classroom-based education with practical work experience
Experiential Learning: “Learn by doing” method
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on: March 3rd, 2021

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Ensuring UMN students have access to opportunities that will set them up for success is very important to Career Services. This means that we review every posting on GoldPASS. We look to make sure postings are professional and align with our majors. We do our due diligence to check for potential phishing opportunities.
 

FEBRUARY JOB COMPARISONS
 
February 2021 took the cake for most job postings out of the past three years!
With a total of 8,189 jobs posted compared to 7,446 in 2020 and 5,468 in 2019.
 
 

April 2021

HOW TO BEST UTILIZE HANDSHAKE AS AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

Before a student applies to their first job on Handshake, they are prompted to fill out questions about work authorization. Each student chooses whether or not they want to disclose their international student status by selecting “prefer not to answer” or by answering yes to both of the work authorization status questions. Answering these questions and using the CPT/OPT and sponsorship filtering options when searching for a job is a great way to find international-friendly employers.
 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH

Curricular Practical Training (CPT): work authorization which allows a student to work in a job directly related to the student‘s major area of study before/until degree completion.

Optional Practical Training (OPT): work authorization which allows a student to work in a job directly related to the student‘s major area of study either before or after degree completion. 

International students are encouraged to connect with UMN ISSS to learn more about work authorization and receive support.

 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on March 24th, 2021.
* Data collected on April 8th, 2021.
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on February 9th, 2021.

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Employers that participate in the UMN Job and Internship Fair are sent out one of two emails, by Jane Sitter, if they have selected no to consideration of international student candidates using CPT/OPT. These emails offer a chance to connect with our staff to talk more about CPT/OPT.

Below are the condensed steps Jane takes around Career Fair events, mainly the UMJF and other fairs when requested, to do outreach to employers around international student hiring consideration. 

For additional context/explanation Jane can be contacted at [email protected].

 

MARCH JOB COMPARISONS
 
The job market is thriving on GoldPASS! In March 2021 the number of jobs created was double that of March 2019.
 

May 2021

HOW TO ACCESS RESOURCES

Students and Alumni can access resources specifically curated by their career centers on Handshake. These resources offer multiple angles and tips for students that are searching for careers.
 
FUN FACT OF THE MONTH

Currently, there are six universal resources for students to use. On top of these six resources there may be more resources specific to the student’s college.
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected April 28th, 2021.

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Did you know superusers can add resources for your college's students? These resources can be industry specific or general to all students. Adding resources to the resource library is a great way to reach many students with career content!
 

APRIL JOB COMPARISONS
 
April brought over 10,000 jobs to GoldPASS powered by Handshake; double the amount of jobs in 2020!
 

June 2021

HOW TO QUICK-APPLY AND CHECK STATUS OF JOBS
 
Handshake has made it possible for students to quick-apply to jobs! As long as a student meets the requirements and has an uploaded resume, they can go directly to the final submission form with a click. After students apply to an opportunity, they will be given the “submitted” status; this status will be changed by the employer as the applicant is reviewed.
 
FUN FACT OF THE MONTH

Handshake makes applying to jobs so easy that in the past year, over 25,000 students have applied to various job opportunities! Application volume peaks at the beginning of both fall and spring semesters.
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on May 12th, 2021.

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Employer Relations (ER) staff use Handshake student job application data to reach out to new organizations of interest to U of M students. If these organizations are not actively engaging on campus, ER staff reach out to further deepen our connections.

*Actively engaging means: attending career fairs or events, hosting information sessions and more.

 

MAY JOB COMPARISONS
 
May’s job count this year shows an outstanding increase in job postings compared to the past two years.
 

Take a look at historical UMN-specific recruiting and job search data from Handshake since it's launch in May 2018. We tell the story of who posts at the U, and what they've posted, including:
  • Maps of organizations - can be filtered by industry
  • Lists of organizations - can be filtered by industry
  • Postings by job role, type (job or internship), and location
  • Historically, when positions have been posted

The dashboard can be found on the GoldPASS site, and on career.umn.edu. Share with your students to highlight the volume and variety of opportunities on Handshake, trends across industries/job functions, and recruiting timelines by industry/job function.
 

July 2021

 
HOW TO PEER MESSAGE IN HANDSHAKE

Peer Messaging gives students and alumni the ability to make their Handshake profiles visible to other students and alumni across the network of Handshake schools, and to message them! This feature is aimed at giving students even greater ability to connect with and learn from their peers.  

*In order to send and receive messages from other students and alumni in Handshake, profile privacy must be set to Community.

 
FUN FACTS OF THE MONTH

Peer messaging is a great way for our students to connect. With six templates that associate with different categories, it makes connecting even easier for students!
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on July 14th 2021, with a total of 897 messages.

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Did you know that alumni have access indefinitely to messaging? Once a student graduates with a degree at any of our five campuses, they have access to Handshake as an alumni.
 

JUNE JOB COMPARISONS

More than half of the days in June set new highs for the number of jobs on GoldPASS compared to past years!
 

COMING SOON

August will bring a big change to the GoldPASS powered by Handshake Update newsletter. The newsletter will be getting a new name, Handshake at the University of Minnesota.
 

August 2021

 
HOW TO SIGN UP FOR OCI’S

Students find on-campus interviews in both the Jobs and Events sections. 

Option 1: Go to Jobs then All Filters and select Interviewing On Campus along with any other desired filters.
Option 2: Go to Events then On-Campus Interviews. Filter by industry, employer, job title, and more.

 
FUN FACT OF THE MONTH
 
In '20-'21, despite the pandemic, Employer Relations staff helped to host 929 virtual OCI's for UMN students.
 
*Data Disclaimer: At this time, nearly all student information (school year and college) is self-reported or not reported at all. Data collected on August 20th, 2021.

BEHIND THE SCENES
 
Have you ever wondered what an employer's process is for On-Campus Interviews? Just like a student looking for the best job, employers are looking for the best candidate. First, employers must request to interview with us and choose whether to have open or preselect interviews.
  • Open: More hands-off for the employer. Candidates can sign up for slots if they meet the pre-set qualifications.
  • Preselect: Employers select primary and alternate candidates. Primary candidates are allowed to sign up before alternate candidates.
Once approved, they'll start receiving applicants and can then manage their applicants if they've opted for a preselect interview schedule.
 

JULY JOB COMPARISONS
 
Want to hear something amazing? The amount of jobs posted to Handshake this July was equal to the amount of jobs from the past two Julys combined!
 

      

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