Alumni FAQs

WHAT IS HANDSHAKE?

Handshake is a searchable, online database where alumni can search for full-time, internship, and part-time opportunities. Thousands of employers post their positions on Handshake. You also can post your resume, register for career events, and network with employers – all through Handshake.

HOW DO I CREATE A HANDSHAKE ACCOUNT?


If you Graduated from TU under 18 months ago

Log in to  Handshake by clicking on the “Login With Your Towson NetID” button and then enter your TU NetID and password. If your TU NetID password expired, you can reset it under OTS  NetID Management.

If you graduated from TU After May 2017

Complete the following Alumni Handshake Access Request form. Your request will take approximately three business days to process. Then you will receive an email from Handshake, sent to your personal email address, to verify your account.

If you graduated from TU before May 2017

Register for a new TU alumni Handshake account:

  1. Go to Handshake
  2. Click “Sign up for a New Account”
  3. Select the “Student / Alumni” account type
  4. Click “Register a New Account”
  5. Fill out your information (Enter the First Name/Last Name you used when attending TU so we can confirm your alumni status. Once your account is approved, you can log in and update your First Name/Last name) and click “Confirm”
  6. Go to your email to “Confirm Your Email” from Handshake
  7. Next, the Career Center will review and approve your request within three business days
  8. Then you will receive an "Approved" email from Handshake giving you access to the system

HOW DO I ADD (UPLOAD) A NEW DOCUMENT?

Here is a 2-minute video and instructions on how to upload a new document.

DO I HAVE TO UPLOAD MY RESUME?

Uploading a resume is not required to conduct a job or internship search. However, the on-campus recruiting program, including the Teacher Recruitment Fair, requires a resume.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR AN EVENT?

  1. Log in to your Handshake account
  2. Click on the “Events” tab
  3. Review the list of events and select the one for which you would like to register
  4. Click “Join Event”

HOW DO I APPLY FOR AN ON-CAMPUS INTERVIEW?

Interview conveniently on campus with employers interested in hiring TU students for job and internship opportunities. Competition for interview slots is limited to just TU students. To participate, follow the steps below.

STEP 1: APPLY

To arrange a campus interview, you must apply through Handshake before the specified application deadline. Some employers may ask you to apply through both Handshake and their websites. In such a situation, job descriptions in Handshake will provide the instructions.
After submitting the required materials (usually a cover letter and resume), the employer will review your application and decide whether or not they would like to schedule an interview.

STEP 2: MONITOR YOUR APPLICATION

You will be able to monitor the status of any positions you apply for through Handshake. Employers use the system to post and manage job openings. Keep an eye on your application. Once the employer has reviewed it, you will see one of the following statuses next to the position:

  • Accepted: The employer has accepted your application for an interview
  • Alternate: The employer has accepted you as an alternate candidate
  • Declined: The employer has declined your application for an interview

If you are “Accepted” or “Alternate,” you will receive a notification about when and how to schedule your interview through Handshake. Note that being an alternate does not guarantee an interview slot.

If I am a TU graduate who wants to hire a TU student, how do I post a job on Handshake?

Please visit the Employer FAQs for details on how to create an account and post positions.