So, being a senior here at Illinois is bittersweet. I am sad to leave the University of Illinois and will miss all of the people and experiences I have had here. However, I am ready to move on and get my career started. Just like you, starting here at Illinois as a freshman or transfer student, I am ready to begin a new chapter in my life. But a big stressful thing about being a senior anywhere is finding a job post-graduation.
There are plenty of job sites like LinkedIn, Monster and Indeed to help students like me find internships and jobs, however, it could be overwhelming because those sites are not just designed for students.
But thankfully, Illinois has just revamped its internal job board and it is now called Handshake. Handshake is an internal job board that connects thousands of companies with students. Similar to LinkedIn, it allows you to connect with employers and apply to their job postings, job shadows and career exploration programs.
The one big thing that annoys me about applying to jobs that are not on Handshake is that I have to upload a resume every single time. However, on this site you can just upload your resume once and it will be saved. Most jobs on the site will allow you to do a 1-click apply and your resume will get sent right to their recruiters. This saves both parties time and will make an easier job application experience.
It also serves as a great resource during preparing for career fairs. It lists each and every employer that will be in attendance for each career fair and what jobs they will be recruiting for. This allowed me to learn more about the company and position so when I spoke with the recruiters in person, I would be more knowledgeable and prepared to answer their questions.
In fact, I have gotten two of my last summer internships from the internal job board here at Illinois. My experiences at Motorola Solutions and SpotHero would have never happened if I didn’t utilize the free resource that Handshake provides. I urge every Illini when they are here to take advantage of Handshake.