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Handshake Information

 The NMSU Office of Experiential Learning has partnered with Handshake to connect employers and students for all career-related events and services. Handshake allows students and employers to connect (and much more!) with a modern, user-friendly interface.



Get Hired Get Discovered Get Connected Get it all in one place
Discover and land jobs and internships. Get messaged by employers that want to hire you. Connect with your peers for tips and advice. From career-building resources to events on your campus.
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Why use Handshake?

Handshake users have the ability to explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities. The platform changes to 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.

Quick-start Student Guide or Handshake’s help center.

Here’s some useful info on Safeguarding Your Job Search.

Log in using your myNMSU credentials:

Student Login

Alumni Signup / Login

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What is Handshake?

Handshake is a fast and powerful recruiting platform for sourcing NMSU students and alumni. It uses cutting edge technology to better connect you with qualified candidates.

Use Handshake to post job and internship listings, register for career fairs, manage on-campus recruiting, advertise your events, and message students and alumni who meet your qualifications. You will also be able to promote your brand more effectively by customizing your employer profile, job postings, and events to be more visually appealing to students.

Employer Login

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Need to post Student Employment positions?

Follow these simple steps:

  • Log into your Handshake recruiter profile
    • If you don't have a recruiter profile yet, see the next section below
  • Click the Post a Job button from the Home screen in Handshake
  • Fill out the job details and it will go into the pending queue

Need a recruiter profile?

(NOTE:  Please DO NOT create a new company for on-campus employment. All of the on-campus employer accounts have already been created. You will be creating a recruiter profile in an already existing employer account.)

(NOTE: If you are a student but need an employer account, please follow these instructions on how to create your employer account. If you still need help, call Experiential Learning at 575-646-1631 prior to contacting your Point of Contact.)

  • Contact Experiential Learning at 575-646-1631 or email for an invite link
  • Click the provided link and fill out your profile information - you will automatically be connected to the correct employer account.
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Virtual Best Practices

Here are some best practices and tips for Handshake to help you navigate the new world of virtual/online engagement with employers.

Update Your Profile

  • The vast majority of engagement with employers occurs online already, so it’s smart to follow employers you are interested in to stay updated on any job or event activity
  • Complete your profile to increase the chances of being found. 80% of students who fill out the following three areas of their profile receive a message from an employer:
    • location preferences
    • job role preferences
    • job type preferences

Check out this blog post from Handshake to make the most of your account!

Participate in Virtual Events!

Employers are shifting towards virtual events as they seek to build connections with students.

  • Search for available virtual events on Handshake, you can also view Virtual Event details.
  • Register to participate in events: this will allow you to track your personal recruiting efforts and ensure that you receive a reminder notification
  • Check your notification settings on your profile, this will ensure you are notified when a new event is posted so you can quickly view event details.
  • Become familiar with video conferencing tools most likely to be used by employers: Zoom, Google Hangouts/Meet, GoToMeeting, and Cisco WebEx.
  • Handshake is rapidly adding live-links in Virtual Events so you can click a link to be taken to the video conferencing platform chosen by the employer, rather than having to copy/paste the URL in a browser window.

Schedule Virtual Interviews

Companies are moving to increased virtual interviews utilizing various software platforms such as Skype, Zoom, and many others.  Please also remember to research companies to ensure that you are connecting with a legitimate employer/company.


Avoid Fraudulent Job Postings

  • Visit the company website. If the company in question doesn’t have a web site or the web site does not seem to match the advertised job, there may be cause for concern.

Research companies with other reliable resources:

Use Google

  • Search LinkedIn by “People” and the advanced search fields for “Company Name.” Click the “Current Companies Only” checkbox to receive information on people currently listed as employed by this company.

Poor Communication Skills

  • Be careful when an employer cannot communicate accurately or effectively on the web site, by email, over the telephone, etc.

Exercise Caution When Asked to Pay Any Fees

  • Most legitimate employers will not charge to hire you!