Career Center Rolls Out Platform for Jobs and Internships

Sept. 4, 2018

Career Center staff with Handshake hand
Hart Career Center staff members pose with the Handshake hand outside the Career Center.

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Illinois Wesleyan University’s Hart Career Center has recently implemented Handshake, an online career services management system that gives students a one-stop source for jobs and internship postings, on-campus interviews, career fairs and other resources.

“Handshake offers opportunities for every student from all majors by connecting them to over 250,000 employers all across the world,” said Hart Career Center Director Warren Kistner ’83. “Using a robust and user-friendly interface, this platform aligns students with opportunities that will be of interest to them.”

Handshake, which has replaced Illinois Wesleyan’s former platform Titan CareerLink, is currently used by more than 500 universities worldwide.

By building a professional Handshake profile, students can make themselves available to peers, alumni and potential employers, and in turn, students can express interest in specific opportunities based on type of work, location and other factors.

Handshake utilizes machine learning-based technology to match students with opportunities based on their interests and skills, which in turn provides the Hart Career Center — recently ranked 20th in a nationwide list of “Best Career Services” by The Princeton Review — with valuable information when mentoring students.

Illinois Wesleyan alumni are specifically invited to post their job and internship opportunities on Handshake, helping to ensure that each and every IWU student has a myriad of paths to lead them to success in any career.

The Hart Career Center will host Handshake Orientation, an opportunity for students to learn how to utilize the new career services management system, on Thursday, Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. in Room 129 of The Ames Library.

By Rachel McCarthy ’21