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Handshake @ Illinois

Need to make an appointment with ECS? Want to know about campus happenings or internships? Handshake @ Illinois is the first place you should start as it's how employers communicate with students about company info sessions, events, internships, and jobs. Currently enrolled students automatically have Handshake accounts, so claim yours by logging in with your NetID and password.

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1. Claim your account today

All undergraduate and graduate students in the Grainger College of Engineering, as well as undergraduate students enrolled in the following College of LAS programs are eligible to register to use all ECS services, including Handshake @ Illinois, and to participate in on-campus interviewing:

  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • CS + X programs (X = Math, Statistics, Anthropology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Linguistics)
  • LAS Physics

2. Tips for using Handshake @ Illinois

Take a look at these helpful tips to maximize your Handshake @ Illinois experience!

Get the most relevant opportunities on your homepage by completing your profile. Add in your details to maximize the Handshake @ Illinois algorithm.

Be sure to add your skills, documents, as well as a quick summary about yourself in your profile to ensure that you put your best foot forward.

Make your profile public and allow employers and recruiters to search for you directly through Handshake @ Illinois.

Schedule an advising appointment with an Engineering Career Services adviser and add a note about what you'd like to discuss.

Easily search for and RSVP to campus events that fit your career goals, including career fairs, company info sessions, and more.

Connect your LinkedIn account to your Handshake @ Illinois profile and allow employers to connect with you on both platforms.

3. Make your Handshake @ Illinois profile work for you

4. Important reminders...

Honesty is the best policy

We want recruiters and students to have the best experience possible, so, make sure you only provide 100% accurate information on your Handshake @ Illinois profile. For classes/GPA —this means whatever is in your profile should match your transcript. GPA should not be rounded.

Reneging on Offers Has Consequences

Keep in mind, students who falsify information on Handshake @ Illinois, renege on offers, or cancel interviews late will have their account blocked, must meet with an ECS adviser, and may lose access to Handshake @ Illinois for up to two semesters. If you're experiencing issues regarding any of these scenarios, come talk to ECS—we can help!

6. Handshake @ Illinois User Agreement

Handshake @ Illinois users agree to the following terms:

  1. Credentials, abilities, qualifications, and interests must be honestly and accurately articulated. Documents and profile information must be truthful, accurate, and up-to-date. Any deliberate misrepresentation, including, but not limited to account sharing or changing profile information to meet qualifications for positions may result in permanent loss of access to Handshake @ Illinois and loss of services provided by University of Illinois Career Services offices, and may be a violation of the University of Illinois Student Code.Limited profile information of student users will be periodically updated from university records. Discrepancies between your Handshake @ Illinois profile and your actual information should be addressed with your career services office.Limited profile information of student users will be periodically updated from university records. Discrepancies between your Handshake @ Illinois profile and your actual information should be addressed with your career services office.
  2. Limited profile information of student users will be periodically updated from university records. Discrepancies between your Handshake @ Illinois profile and your actual information should be addressed with your career services office.
  3. All interviews and scheduled appointments are to be kept. If cancellation becomes necessary, users are expected to cancel their interview and/or appointment via Handshake @ Illinois. If cancellation via Handshake @ Illinois is not possible, contact your career services office as soon as possible. Late cancellations and missed interviews will be reviewed and may be subject to disciplinary action by career services offices, including, but not limited to, loss of access to Handshake @ Illinois and other services provided by University of Illinois Career Services offices.Employers must be notified of acceptance or rejection of offers (internship/co-op/full-time) as soon as possible and no later than the mutually agreed upon offer deadline.
  4. Employers must be notified of acceptance or rejection of offers (internship/co-op/full-time) as soon as possible and no later than the mutually agreed upon offer deadline.
  5. Interviewing for other opportunities must be discontinued upon accepting (verbal or written) an offer. Once an offer has been accepted, all upcoming interviews must be cancelled by contacting career services and the organizations. If any concerns about an offer arise, career services is available to discuss the situation.Reneging on an accepted offer (internship or full time) is not acceptable and may result in permanent loss of access to Handshake @ Illinois and other services provided by the University of Illinois Career Services offices.
  6. Reneging on an accepted offer (internship or full time) is not acceptable and may result in permanent loss of access to Handshake @ Illinois and other services provided by the University of Illinois Career Services offices. Users are to only pursue interviews for opportunities that are of genuine interest.
  7. Users are to only pursue interviews for opportunities that are of genuine interest.
  8. Career Services may review or use profiles and documents (e.g. resumes, cover letters, applications, and profile information) for the purpose of ensuring quality and appropriateness of documents and/or evaluating career services, programming, or outcomes.
  9. Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, Career Services of the University of Illinois is authorized to release resumes, cover letters, applications, and public profile information to prospective employers and their designated representatives or third-party agents for the purpose of providing such employers with information concerning employability. Career Services takes reasonable and appropriate measures to ensure that personal information is stored in secure operating environments. Further, the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois, its officers, agents, and assignees are held harmless from any damages that might incur as a result of released information.
  10. Users are responsible for following additional or more specific guidelines provided by the user’s career services office.
  11. Concerns about companies or positions on Handshake should be directed to Engineering Career Services.