The 3 Must-Haves on Your Handshake Profile

Guidance Provided By: The Handshake Team


Want to quickly and easily increase your chances of finding the job you want on Handshake? Add your job interests to your profile.

When you fill in your interests, two really great things happen:

  1. Handshake sends you better, more relevant job recommendations.
  2. You’re more likely to have a recruiter message you! 80% of students who share their interests on Handshake receive a message from a recruiter. The more you include, the better your chances of having a recruiter find you.

That’s a pretty big return on not a lot of work. And the best part is—filling out your interests is as easy as sharing your opinion with us. Who knows what you like and don’t like better than you?

What are your job interests?

The “Your Interests” section of your Handshake profile includes:

  • Job type
  • Location
  • Job role

These are the most common fields that employers use to search for potential candidates—so including them in your profile is essential to getting recruited.

What are you looking for?

  • Job type: select part-time job, full-time job, or internship. Looking for a part-time job for now and an internship for next summer? You can select more than one job type, and we’ll share recommendations for each.
  • Job location: choose the cities that you’d like to live and work in. There are thousands of incredible employers on Handshake from every corner of the country, so we recommend being open to exploring jobs in a few different locations.
  • Job roles: select at least three job roles that interest you. We’ll give you suggestions based on your major, school and city. You can also search our job role pages to learn more about what you’d like to do.

You may be thinking “What if I don’t know what I’m looking for?” That’s ok. We’ll give you some suggestions. And, like the rest of your profile information, you can always change your interests later.

Handshake helped me get two jobs so far. Unlike other sites where I have to dig through and filter out jobs, Handshake has jobs organized and sorted for you. It saves time and gives me a better understanding of the job I’m looking for.

– Neha

Your Handshake profile is the key to finding jobs and internships that are right for you, and getting recruited by the employers you want to work for.

Ready to find the right job or internship for you? Log in to Handshake and fill in your interests today!

10 Entry Level Positions Open in Chicago Right Now

1. Entry Level Product Engineer | LaSalle Network

The LaSalle Network is partnering with a leading technology innovation company in the NW suburbs of Chicago that is looking to hire a Product Engineer. Their client is looking for a driven individual who is passionate about mechanical engineering and looking to grow within a company.

2. Leave of Absence Coordinator | Sedgwick

As the largest provider of disability and absence management solutions, Sedgwick offers a combination of services covering every possible time away from work scenario. Our clients depend on us to support and improve the health and productivity of their workforce in a way that is cost-effective, efficient and compliant. The primary role you will have will be to  analyze reported Family Medical Leave (FMLA) requests; to make determinations based on state and federal regulations; and to ensure that on-going claim management is within company service standards and industry best practices.

3. Medical Scribe / Clinical Informatics Specialist | Oak Street Health

The goal of this position is to be the personal data assistant to the provider. This means you handle informatics responsibilities for providers during patient visits in our centers. CISs are trained to be experts in structured clinical assessments, accurate and specific documentation, population health workflows, and team based care. A major goal will be to also facilitate efficient and effective medical care for our patients.

4. Hunger Action Corps | Greater Chicago Food Depository

The Food Depository offers a variety of programs and services to partners throughout Chicago and suburban Cook County to provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in the community. The Food Depository needs corps members to assist with food access programs, volunteer engagement and more.

5. Emergency PPE Decontamination Technician | Parsons

Our Client is providing Critical Care Decontamination Systems to decontaminate personal protection equipment (PPE), specifically N95 masks, for hospital workers around the country, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We will be deploying teams to various cities around the country. We are looking for casual workers who are able to travel to various locations, work extended shifts and support this important mission for up to 4 months.

6. Entry Level Recruiter | Phaidon International

Phaidon International is seeking motivated, entry-level candidates to join its rapidly growing company throughout its global offices! In this position you’ll be expected to recruit candidates via social media, foster relationships with companies, and conduct meetings with clients to ensure you’re meeting their needs.

7. Staff Accountant I | Live Nation Entertainment

We are seeking a Staff Accountant for the Midwest Region, a segment of the Live Nation Concerts division. This individual will assist the Senior Accountant, who is responsible for shows at a wide variety of venues – both owned/operated and third party. The Midwest region encompasses 15 states representing approximately 25% of US households. We manage over 1,000 concerts annually at theaters, amphitheaters, arenas, stadiums and festival sites.

8. Products Representative | State Farm- Nick Kosiek Agency

State Farm Insurance Agent located in Chicago, IL is seeking an outgoing, career-oriented professional to join their team. As a state Farm team member for Nick Kosiek – State Farm Agent, you will build and develop customer relationships within the community to promote State farm products including auto, home and life insurance.

9. Outside Sales Professional | Tom James Company

Our sales force consists of highly motivated, service and sales minded professionals that strive for growth and leadership. By finding and developing long-term, loyal customers, our people build lifestyles to support their personal and professional goals. Our customers are highly successful, busy professionals who demand convenience, quality and excellent service in which we deliver to them.

10. Audit IT Assurance Associate – Summer 2020 | Grant Thornton

An IT Assurance Associate is responsible for delivering a full range of IT audit services to our clients. Responsibilities include testing and assessment of information systems control review engagements in support of financial statement audits.

 

Explore thousands of opportunities at depaul.joinhandshake.com!

How to Impress Employers at Virtual Events

Guidance Provided By: The Handshake Team


Employers host a variety of virtual events on Handshake to connect with students across the country and provide an inside look at their companies.

Common virtual events include:

  • Live Q&As with a recruiter or hiring manager. You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions directly about what you’d like to know—including career opportunities, interview processes, company culture and more.
  • Panel discussions with current employees, including recent grads or alumni. You can learn about their backgrounds, career journeys and experiences at the company. As with Q&A events, there is usually an opportunity for you to ask the panelists a question at the end.
  • Office tours give you an exclusive look at what a typical day is like for an intern or new employee. Virtual tours are a unique way to see the lesser-known, fun aspects of life at the company that you can’t find anywhere else.

You should approach virtual event etiquette the same way you would for an in-person meeting with a potential employer. Here’s what to do before, during and after to make a great impression.

Before the event

  • Do some research. Learn more about the company by reading through their employer page on Handshake, as well as their company website. You should also do a quick online search to find any recent news articles and other information that can help you prepare thoughtful questions to ask.
  • Find a place to focus. Make sure that you are in a quiet place with a reliable internet connection, and test connectivity before the event. If you’re sharing the space with friends or family, ask if they can hold off on streaming movies or other activities that can take up a lot of internet bandwidth.

During the event

  • Dress professionally. We all know it’s more comfortable to job search in your pj’s. But when you’re attending an employer event via video, it’s a good idea to showcase your favorite career-ready outfit.
  • Set your computer in front of a neutral background. Keep the viewer’s eye focused on you, instead of the concert posters on your bedroom wall.
  • Show up on time. It’s important that you are on time for the event. Try signing in a few minutes early so you can fix any technical issues before the event begins. Being on time shows the host that you’re responsible, and ensures you don’t ask a question about something that was covered earlier in the program.
  • Maintain eye contact with the camera and concentrate on what the presenters are saying. Consider smiling and nodding occasionally as you would during an in-person conversation. Limit any distractions around you so that you’re not tempted to look away from your computer screen.
  • Ask a question at the right time. Bring a list of prepared questions, because one or more of these may be covered during the event. Have a pen and paper nearby so you can jot down new questions that you think of during the conversation. It’s important to wait for the host to say that it’s time for audience questions, before attempting to ask yours.
    • Consider tailoring your questions based on the type of event and who is hosting. For example, if you are attending a panel discussion on company diversity and inclusion, you might ask a question related to mentorship programs or resource groups for employees from underrepresented communities.

After the event

  • Be prepared to follow up. Employers host virtual events on Handshake to raise awareness about their company and build excitement about open positions. So when the event is over, stay engaged by visiting the employer’s page on Handshake and exploring their open jobs and internships. You can follow the employer by clicking the Follow button on their page—so you’ll be the first to know when they post new jobs.
  • Update your Handshake profile. A complete profile can help you get an early start on applying to one of the open jobs or internships. Check to see if a separate resume and cover letter are needed for the application so you can prepare them as well.
  • Be responsive. Many recruiters will reach out to students on Handshake to follow up after an event. If you receive a message from an employer, be sure to reply as soon as possible. Thank them for hosting the event and share something specific that you enjoyed or were glad to learn about the company. This will clearly show your interest and may help you get an interview!
    • Download the Handshake app in the App Store or Google Play so you’re notified when you receive an employer message.

Apply to These 10 Unique On-Campus Jobs at DePaul

An on-campus job offers more than just a paycheck and short commute. It’s an opportunity to build professional and interpersonal skills, and gain experience that will prepare you for your future career. All on-campus job opportunities can be found on the Campus Job Board. 

1. Computer Systems II Supplemental Instruction (SI) LeaderOffice for Teaching, Learning & Assessment

SI Leaders facilitate collaborative review sessions in a selected course in order to achieve greater classroom engagement and academic performance by participating students. 

2. Peer Career CoachCareer Center

Peer Career Coaches (PCCs) are enthusiastic student leaders who recognize the value of career services and want to support fellow students with their career-related needs. PCCs participate in individual peer coaching, outreach and education, programming, and marketing.

3. Lead Handshake AssistantCareer Center

The Lead Handshake Assistant is responsible for providing in-depth customer service, technical, and administrative support to employers and students who use the Career Center’s online job posting system, Handshake. The assistant is responsible for leading the oversight of job postings, employer account approvals, and on campus interviewing as well as training other employees on these processes.

4. Loop Student Center CrewLoop Student Center

Crew members provide room set-ups, assist clients with events, and monitor 11th floor DePaul Center environment. Crew staff will perform administrative tasks related to the functioning of the 11th floor. Crew setups will require moving and/or lifting up to 75 pounds.

5. CAA Research InternshipCenter for Access and Attainment

The CAA Research Internship is an opportunity for first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students to learn research skills and knowledge while exploring research careers. By assisting CAA staff with ongoing research projects, this internship supports students’ academic engagement and retention, offers them the opportunity to become more competitive applicants for graduate school, and provides them the opportunity to learn foundational research skills necessary for various research careers.

6. Bus RunnerThe Theatre School

The Bus Runner is a member of The Theatre School and the Reskin Theatre student services staff and works with the Group Sales Representative, Group Sales Assistants, Manager of Audience Services, and other front-of-house staff providing support services relating to the development of The Theatre School audiences.

7. Videoconference SupportDriehaus College of Business

This position supports Driehaus College of Business’ Zoom video conference classes – ensuring that the classes start on time, answering chat requests from remote students, posting material to D2L, and assisting the teaching professor in the classroom.

8. Student AssistantContinuing and Professional Education (CPE)

The Student Assistant will serve as administrative support and will provide extensive customer service via phone, walk-in and email. This person will also be responsible for registering students for classes and other duties pertaining to the office as assigned.

9. Student Circulation AssistantCollege of Law

Student circulation assistants provide circulation desk service to library patrons. Among other things, this includes answering directional questions, locating reserves materials, charging and discharging materials and helping maintain the library’s print collection.

10. Student Temporary Services Assistant ManagerOffice of Student Employment

Reporting to the Student Employment Specialist the Student Temporary Services (STS) Assistant is responsible for maintaining and providing all administrative and logistical support for the STS office including customer service, providing reports, and full recruitment cycle. 

 

Landing a job on campus is like any other job search – before you apply online, you need to prepare. Once you’ve started to apply, it pays to be persistent with your search as departments post jobs throughout the school year. Prepare a resume and cover letter. The Career Center offers resume and cover letter guides on our website and you are encouraged to visit a Peer Career Coach to have your application materials reviewed (no appointment necessary)!

10 On-Campus Jobs That Might Be for You

An on-campus job offers more than just a paycheck and short commute. It’s an opportunity to build professional and interpersonal skills, and gain experience that will prepare you for your future career. All on-campus job opportunities can be found on the Campus Job Board. 

Here are a few highlights:

Student Program Assistant | Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies Program

The Student Program Assistant will report to the Staff Program Assistant or the term faculty members, as well as the Director of the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies Program. This position requires the graduate student worker to serve PJC through general office duties, including but not limited to: event planning, calendar maintenance, program material creation and maintenance, data entry, assisting faculty, scheduling office space, collaborating with internal and external parties, and representing the program at on-campus events and fairs, as well as working with the Director, Faculty, and Staff as a team member in launching events and developing outreach.


Customer Service Agent | Office of Admission

A phone and email service agent for Undergraduate Admission Teleservices Center. The agent will assist callers over the phone, reply to emails in resource accounts when needed, act as representative for University and Undergraduate Admission Office, and perform Data Entry. Agent will work in a fast-paced administrative environment and will be required to absorb and review a large amount of frequently changing departmental information. Agent will perform other duties as assigned.


Graduate Admission Intern | Office of Admission

The Admissions Graduate Intern will report to the Internship Supervisor and will contribute to the overall enrollment efforts of the College of Education and the College of Communication by assisting with the planning, implementation, monitoring of recruitment strategies to attract and enroll graduate students at the university. The internship could have a non-credit, professional development focus or could be offered for academic credit and be a component in a degree program. The site has been approved as a clinical site for meeting the practicum/internship requirements or: Counseling with College Student Development and Educational Leadership with Higher Education.


Job Fairs & Events Programming Assistant | The Career Center

This position is also responsible for providing in-depth customer service, technical, and administrative support to employers and students who use the Career Center’s online job posting system, Handshake. The assistant will participate as a member of the Employer Engagement team and is responsible for leading the oversight of job fair logistics, job fairs reports, fairs supplies inventory, and payment collection.


Office Assistant | Student Affairs

The student assistant will be primarily responsible for the administrative duties of the Dean of Students Office and Office of Student Affairs in Lincoln Park Campus. They will answer phones and greet visitors, always responding to student, parent and guest inquiries with the utmost professionalism. They will work closely with the division’s administrative assistant for the Dean of Students to assist students with the services offered by the Dean of Students office and manage the daily needs of the office suite.


Teaching Assistant | Chemistry Department

You will provide instructional assistance in the laboratory course(s) to which assigned under the in-class supervision of a faculty laboratory instructor and the direct supervision of the laboratory manager.  This is an entry level position that is available to students whom have successfully completed the course they will be offering instructional assistance.  The goal of this position is to aide students in developing laboratory techniques, formatting effective lab reports, and connecting lecture topics to hands-on laboratory experiences.


Archivist | Office of Advancement

This position is with the Office of Advancement, responsible for alumni engagement, special events, fundraising and gift processing. The student will manage digital storage and presentation of documents, conduct entity research and perform data updates as needed, working with internal and subscription applications. This position requires coordination with advancement staff to prioritize work and learn some basic technical and data organization skills. It will also provide experience with the workings of a fundraising operation.


Communications Intern | Community and Government Relations

The front office administrative work would support the day to day operations of the office to include reception duties and clerical tasks. The communications duties would expose the incumbent to a variety of applications and specialties including Sharepoint web copy-writing, advertising, marketing, social media, database management using ACT and Constant Contact, and communications planning and tracking.


Intercambio Coordinator | Steans Center for Community-Based Service Learning

The Intercambio Language Spanish-English Immersion program brings together DePaul students taking intermediate Spanish and Spanish-speaking adult education students studying English in various organizations throughout Chicago. The Intercambio Instructional Facilitator will be involved in program planning, implementation, communications and coordination among all constituent groups.This includes the Spanish Department faculty and students, community students and the staff of the community partner organizations. The Intercambio facilitator ensures that all constituent groups’ needs are met and the goals of the program are fulfilled.


EDGE Peer Mentor | Office of Student Involvement

The Office of Student Involvement EDGE Peer Mentor will serve as a mentor to EDGE students and as an assistant to the Office of Student Involvement EDGE Team Leader. EDGE Peer Mentors will create interpersonal connections with EDGE students, while also upholding EDGE expectations and leading by example. EDGE Peer Mentors will serve as a resource to students when navigating the university and campus services available. This role will assist the EDGE Team Leader with planning and tracking weekly activities, attending weekly team meetings, and assisting with the design and implementation of projects and assignments.

 

All on-campus job opportunities can be found on the Campus Job Board. 

6 Non-Tech Roles at Most Tech Startups

By: Lorne Bobren, Technology & Design Career Community Advisor

A recent study by Glassdoor found that nearly half of all job openings at tech companies are for non-technical roles. So, if you are craving that startup environment but don’t know Python from PHP, that’s ok!

In looking at the job functions listed below, be aware that there is often crossover between different roles. For example, sometimes the title of Project Manager is used interchangeably with that of a Product Manager. Use these categories as broad entry points that will help you get started.

Business Development

Do you consider yourself a people person? There will always be a strong need for sales and business development in the startup community. This could mean brokering a deal with another business to make your company’s product more widely available or pursuing leads to connect with new clients.

  • Business development could encompass both inside sales (phone and email communication), along with outside sales (face-to-face meetings and networking)
  • A good salesperson doesn’t need to know how the product works, but they should know the product thoroughly in order to answer questions and alleviate potential concerns from a new client.

If you can build trust and personal relationships through your interactions, you’re well on your way to being successful in business development.

Product Management

A product manager is often in charge of designing the overall look of a product. Typical duties include:

  • Wireframing to mockup a product’s appearance,
  • Designing user flows or journey maps to show how an end user may move through a service or site
  • Communicating with engineers and designers to create updates
  • Collaborating with marketing to determine the best way to introduce a new product or updates to a customer

While a product manager won’t be the one doing the coding, they should be tech-savvy enough to understand the limitations and possibilities of what the software development team can do. 

Project Management

The project manager ensures accurate planning and forecasting throughout a product life cycle. They oversee the project to make certain that it comes in on time and on budget. They often act as a buffer between company executives and the development team. A good project manager knows how to oversee and communicate with multidisciplinary teams, manage resources, has excellent negotiation skills, and is proficient at strategic planning.

Customer Support/Account Management

Once new customers have been acquired, they are usually handed off to the customer support or account management team. Working in customer support means making sure that the client stays a client.

  • A good account manager (or customer support specialist, user evangelist, customer advocate, etc.) will frequently touch base with clients to ensure they are satisfied with their experience.
  • The account manager may also be involved in product training, troubleshooting, dealing with policy issues and collecting feedback.

Customer support staff play an integral role in improving a company’s product because they are the most in tune with customer needs, wants and concerns. They should also be intimately familiar with the product so that they can easily relay any information or help the customer is seeking.

Community Management

A community manager’s duties may vary by organization but their primary role is to help customers feel appreciated and connected to the product, the company, and each other. As the name implies, this person is responsible for growing and cultivating an organization’s community. This can be done via managing social media, creating blog content, organizing events, and motivating users to give feedback.

In a small company, both community management and customer support may be run by the same person.

Marketing and Public Relations

Marketing and PR overlap heavily, and they may be in the same department depending on the size of the company. Since a marketing budget in a startup will be much smaller than at a large firm, you’ll need to be strategic and creative. An expert marketer is also a strong writer who can put together engrossing and succinct ad copy. What’s key here is the ability to break down complicated ideas and technical jargon in ways that are easily digestible for your target audience. Marketing departments can help articulate essential questions for a tech firm: Who is your target audience? How does the product or service help them? Are they even aware they need it?

 

The Career Center will support you in a variety of ways including connecting you with employers through networking events and job fairs as well as providing individual career advising. Many students visit us for mock interview practice, feedback on resume and cover letter writing, and to ask questions about navigating the job search process. We can also help you explore how your interests, values, skills, and personality fit into different careers.

Schedule a career advising appointment on Handshake today!