Handshake is DCTC's go-to resource for jobs, internships, events, and more!
This mobile career management platform intuitively connects you to relevant opportunities based on your profile, interests and search activity. Through Handshake, you can apply for positions, explore companies and connections and sign up for career fairs and workshops all in one place.
STUDENTS AND GRADUATES
Students and graduates can search for jobs online, upload application documents, and apply for jobs online.
Login to Handshake or create your account
Students can login with their DCTC student email address (ending in ".edu"") and begin exploring the system. All currently enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students have automatically been granted accounts. If you have any questions or difficulties, please contact us.
Initial Log-In: When you login for the first time, you will be prompted to create your profile and upload a resume into the system. Basic student profile information - including major(s), minor(s) and GPA - will automatically sync from your DCTC account.
- You can select My Profile at any time to add or edit profile information or documents.
- The Documents tab will allow you to add resumes, cover letters and other application materials as well as build your profile directly from your uploaded resume.
- Special Note: Making your profile and a resume visible to "Community" will allow employers to search for and contact you based on your interests and additional profile information.
- Notification Preferences allow you to determine how you want Handshake to communicate important information to you – via push notifications, general notifications and/or email.
- Select Career Interests to specify your goals based on geographic location, career goals and industry & job preferences. Complete this section to receive more relevant opportunities and personalized recommendations!
Remember: The more you include in your profile and career interests, the better Handshake can populate your newsfeed with opportunities that matter to you. Keep it relevant and keep it updated!
Privacy: Upon initial login, you have the option to share your profile information with employers by selecting or de-selecting the checkbox under the “Yes, I want employers to be able to find and view my profile” area. As a note, Handshake will default to a fully private profile unless you select otherwise.
- You can change this setting at any time by visiting your Settings & Privacy. Choose the Account tab and find the checkbox to change your preference (Community, Employers or Private).
- You can elect to hide your GPA even if you have a public profile. Simply visit your Profile Settings, select the “Edit” icon (a small pencil) and locate your GPA within the Education field. You can then un-check the box that says "Hide from employers." Handshake will default to a public GPA for a public profile unless you select otherwise.
When you're logged into Handshake, click Help in the upper-right hand corner and then select "I am having a technical issue or am confused" to speak with the Handshake team.
Please note: Handshake is best viewed with completely updated web browsers (Chrome and Firefox are recommended).
UNITED PARCEL SERVICE (UPS)
The United Parcel Service hires many students for part-time work. Earn as much as $5,250 annually in college education assistance with the UPS Earn & Learn Program. Visit the UPS website for more information.
Amazon provides opportunities to earn as much as $5,250/year or $2,625/semester and offers consistent work schedules and career opportunities. Learn more on the Amazon Career Choice website.
Job Search Strategies
To be more effective in your job search, you want to have a clear goal in mind and use a mix of job search strategies.
First, target your search. Your job search will be more effective if you have a clear goal vs. looking for any job. Think how long it would take a realtor to find you a house if you started by telling her, "I'll take anything" when in reality you want a two-bedroom house near your work that costs under $250,000. This fact is true in a job search as well. The clearer you are about the job you want the more effective you’ll be in your search.
Second, research employers. Identify employers you're interested in working for and learn about the positions they typically hire. Review their website, follow them on LinkedIn, and set up informational interviews with current employees to learn more about the company culture and which skills and experience hiring managers look for in candidates.
Third, customize your application materials. This step is much easier if you've identified a clear job target and researched employers, as mentioned above. Customizing your resume doesn't mean starting over every time you apply for a job, but it does mean tailoring your resume to each position for which you're applying. Get help with our resume and cover letter resources.
Fourth, network. Networking is much more effective than only applying to jobs found online. Employers prefer to hire candidates they know or have been referred to them by a current employee. Creating a solid professional network is essential to improve your chances of learning about open positions and getting a referral from someone. See our Networking resources for more tips.
Industry-Specific Job Boards
Interviewing can be a nerve-wracking experience, but practice can help calm your nerves. Make a great impression using the resources below to help you know what to expect, prepare for common questions, and how to follow up with employers.
Salary & Negotiation
There is more to consider than just salary when accepting a job offer. You'll want to consider company culture, job flexibility, advancement opportunities, and benefits packages, including paid time off, when making your decision.
However, knowing your worth is vital before an employer asks you for your salary requirements. Use the resources below to help you research salary information in your industry and to find tips to help you negotiate.
Salary Research Resources
Salary websites/calculators are informational and serve as a way to research salary information.