The Job Location and Development (JLD) program is a federally funded Student Employment program, which provides part-time and seasonal/temporary job postings to all currently enrolled Southern Miss students regardless of financial need. All job opportunities, of which the program is made aware, are posted in the online job database, called Handshake. Each year, local employers, like you, help us generate over $500,000 in additional income for our students! We hope to continue this partnership as we increase part-time off-campus employment opportunities for our students. There is no charge for posting jobs through Handshake.
GETTING STARTED - All employers are encouraged to use this system to post their opportunities for Southern Miss students. With a Handshake account, employers can post jobs, schedule on-campus interviews, register for upcoming Career Services events, and even search student résumés!
Create a Handshake account, go to usm.joinhandshake.com, click “Sign up here.” in the top right corner. Next, click on ‘Sign up here’, under Are you an employer? We require employers to use their work email addresses, not Gmail, Yahoo, or other personal email addresses. We realize some local businesses may not have the required information and ask that you contact Career Services at 601.266.4153 to verify your account. Complete your company profile, being sure to connect with The University of Southern Mississippi. Once you “Submit” your profile, your account will be reviewed for approval within 1 to 2 working days.
Once your Handshake profile has been approved, you are able to post your open positions for student viewing. You can also register to meet students at our career events. Career Services hosts a number of job fairs annually, including a Part-Time Job Fair. Registration for these events in Handshake.
You can access your dashboard by clicking on the 'Handshake' logo in the top left corner, or by clicking on 'Home' in the left hand menu. There you will see three categories, 'Post a job', 'Request an Interview', and 'Create an Event'. You can also access these from the left hand menu.
Clicking on each of those previous categories will take you through the process of providing the necessary information for each. Any required information will have an asterisk beside it. All jobs will be defaulted to a two-month period, when being approved. You will receive an email once your job has been approved, and students can see them at that point.
The Job Location and Development program is required by federal mandate to report certain employment statistics about students hired through the JLD program. JLD does not report specific information about positions or employers. The only information required is the number of students hired, hourly wage for each, and number of hours each are expected to work each week. Employers will be contacted by email or phone to receive these statistics. Providing these numbers will ensure continuation of the JLD program.