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Handshake app connects MCC students with employers and jobs

September 15, 2021
By Tim Engle

MCC’s Career Central portal has now partnered with a company called Handshake — a way for students seeking jobs and internships to connect with 550,000-plus employers across the country. More than 1,200 colleges and universities use Handshake.

Handshake LogoTatia Shelton, Career Services coordinator at MCC-Blue River and Business & Technology, describes Handshake as sort of a combo of LinkedIn and Indeed aimed not just at college students but 20- and 30-somethings in general.

Once students complete their Handshake profile, "they can find students at other colleges who are on a similar career path so they can engage with them," Shelton says. "Then they can engage with employers on that career path."

MCC has created Handshake accounts for current students as well as those who attended here in the last couple of years. Those students were sent emails through Handshake encouraging them to get active on the career platform (they’ll sign in with their MCC credentials). "It will be great once we get more people in it from an alumni standpoint," Shelton says.

Students using the Handshake app can register for job events and make appointments (virtual or in-person) with MCC Career Services. Area employers that work with Career Services were recently introduced to Handshake; some were already using it.

Students can also receive job recommendations and be recruited directly by employers. They can learn about jobs and companies through reviews by other users. And, of course, a student can apply for jobs right on the app — in as few as two clicks.

At MCC, Handshake replaces a platform called Symplicity.

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