Handshake FAQs: Alumni
Access and Login
Who can use Handshake?
University of Kentucky alumni are eligible. Only UK alumni may participate in on-campus recruiting.
Why should I use Handshake?
Handshake users have the ability to explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities. The platform changes to meet your customized needs, pushing out information that is relevant and timely based on your career interests, experiences and major. Handshake is also where you will apply for jobs, see relevant career articles, sign up for events and workshops and access the on-campus recruiting program.
How do I access Handshake as an alumni?
Spring 2017 Graduates
Visit the Handshake login page
Select UK Link Blue login option
Use your Link Blue ID and password to login
Graduates prior to Spring 2017:
Visit the Handshake login page
Create an account with your uky.edu address or preferred email address.
Profile and Qualifications
The information about my major(s) is incorrect, incomplete or missing. Handshake tells me the field is "locked." How do I update the information?
The information about your major(s) was taken from your record in MyUK when Handshake was launched. It is our expectation that by the start of the fall semester, your major information will be updated in real time to reflect what is in the Office of the Registrar’s database.
Why can’t I add my minor(s)?
Minors are not yet available to be added into your profile. They can be incorporated in job search documents such as resumes or transcripts. Employers do not screen for candidates based on minor so this will not change your eligibility for any opportunity posted on Handshake.
My class year is incorrect; how can I change it?
In your Accounts tab, update your “School Year” field, and make your selection from the dropdown menu.
I’m being blocked from applying for a job because of my qualifications (major, GPA…). What can I do?
Any alumni who have access to Handshake can apply for any job in Handshake, regardless of qualifications. While no one is ever blocked from applying, you may not necessarily be fully qualified based on items such as major, GPA etc. However, you may see a system message that indicates you are missing a qualification. Please note that this will not stop you from submitting your application for any opportunity.
Can I save a search and have new results emailed to me?
You may save searches by going to the job posting module in Handshake. After selecting criteria, click on the “+” button next to “Saved Searches.” Name your saved search by giving it a title you will remember. Once it is saved, you can go back to it selecting “Saved Searches” and search for the title. Unfortunately, no results can be emailed to you, but we encourage you to go into Handshake regularly to refresh the saved search.
Handshake provides a visual tutorial on how to save a search in their help module
How do I upload my resume, transcript, cover letter or document?
Click Documents on the Left Hand Navigation Bar
In the right hand corner, click “Add New Document”
Type Document Name
Select type from the drop-down option
Drag and drop a PDF/Word or select a file from below
Click Add document button
Handshake does provide a visual tutorial on how to upload a document
What if I have other questions?
For other Handshake-related questions visit Handshake's Help Center.