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Across all University of Alaska campuses Handshake is a one-stop shop for all steps of the job search process for students, alumni, and employers. All students and alumni with  emails have access to Handshake.

Build your professional network, see live job listings, and submit applications, all in one place!

What is Handshake?

Handshake  is the University of Alaska’s career management platform. On Handshake, students and alumni can discover new career paths, build a professional profile, find amazing jobs and internships, and connect with great companies. Login with your UA username and password to get started with Handshake today!

Make your profile work for you! Students who complete their profiles are 5 times more likely to be contacted by a recruiter on Handshake. 

Are You an Employer?

Find out how to create your free Handshake account on our Employer page and start recruiting UAS students across the state!

Handshake Student Profile Checklist

All enrolled University of Alaska students automatically have a Handshake account. Simply login with your UA username and password. 

Watch: How to log-In

Log-In online

Download the app on the App Store or on Google Play 

From the Handshake home screen, click on your initials in the top right-hand corner and select ‘My profile’.
Click the pencil icon next to ‘Personal Information’ to update your pronouns, gender, race, and ethnicity. You can choose to allow these to be seen (or not seen) by employers and other students.
Click the pencil icon next to ‘Your Interests’ to edit your job seeking status, job interests, cities you would like to work in, and roles (job titles), and industries. Handshake will use these preferences to show you relevant opportunities.

Click the ‘Upload’ button under the documents section of your profile. Here you will be able to upload a PDF or Word document which Handshake will use to fill in gaps of your profile. 

  • Check out our  Resume Guides  to make sure yours is application-ready

Don’t know where to start?  Book an appointment  with Career Services to embark on your job search journey.

Fill in any sections that are missing information. Employers are eager to see work and volunteer experiences, and relevant skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication, and critical thinking. 

  • Profile updates will let employers know who you are and that you are looking for employment

  • 80% of students that complete three or more sections of their profile get contacted by a recruiter

Click on your initials in the top right-hand corner and select ‘Settings’. Under ‘Privacy’ select which visibility setting you prefer. You may keep your profile private, allow employers to view, or open to the community so that both employers and other students may view your profile. 

  • You can set your profile visibility

    • Private

    • Visible to Employers

    • Visible to Public

Additional Handshake Resources

Still have questions about  creating your account, building your network, or finding a job? Explore the Handshake Help Center.

For spotlights on how students are using Handshake to best serve themselves, head over to the Handshake Blog.

For additional questions, contact our Handshake specialist

Look out for job scams!

While we do our best to vet employers, employment scams are always changing and getting better at hiding in plain sight. We want to empower you to ensure the employers are legitimate. If you have concerns about employer requests or interview procedures, please reach out to our office at We are happy to support you.

Scammers may post jobs on popular job boards, and they may directly contact you via email offering to hire you for a position. Some scams may use reputable companies as fronts. They may even mention Handshake or UAA to make them seem more legitimate. 

  • Employers who use Handshake cannot see your email, and may only view your Handshake profile if you update your  profile visibility settings.

  • Handshake will never ask for sign-in credentials or personal payment through email. If you receive an email requesting these or containing unusual phrases, spelling or grammar, please don’t click on any links or reply.

Be wary if the job posting or email:

  • Requests for your personal information, such as address, phone number, etc. without any previous contact.

  • Asks for any money or sensitive personal information such as bank account, Social Security number, etc.

  • Focuses on money or promises to pay in advance. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

  • Uses an email address that is not linked to the company they represent.

  • Links to a nonprofessional-looking website.

  • Has spelling errors or lacks a professional tone.

  • References getting your contact information from your university or career center.

Be skeptical, always ask questions and look up jobs/employers when you are viewing job postings or reading email offers.

See this an example of a scam email.