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Handshake

HANDSHAKE

Handshake is our online career center database that allows you to search for all part-time employment needs such as on-campus jobs (wage and work-study), off-campus jobs, temporary jobs, summer jobs, and full-time opportunities.

In Handshake you are able to:

  • Search jobs using your specific criteria.
  • Get more information about the job(s). 
  • Learn how to apply for the jobs of your choosing.
  • Create, and save searches.
  • Create email alerts for new opportunities using your specific criteria.

We do not place students in a job, we only provide information about job availability. It is up to the student to apply and follow up with the position.

Through Handshake, you can post resumes in your profile to be viewed by employers, search the employer database, see upcoming career events, and view on-campus interview schedules.

To login to your Handshake account:

  • Click the 'Handshake' button above  

For on campus access:

  • Click the blue “The University of Southern Mississippi” button
  • A window will pop-up asking for your login information.
  • Type “w” and your student ID number (example: w123456) and your SOAR password

OR For off campus access:

  • Type first name.last name email (example: joe.smith@usm.edu) click next
  • Then enter your SOAR password and click Sign in
  • You will need to verify your email to sign in.

Then:

  1. Update your information in “My Profile” on the left
  2. Upload a current professional resume, Handshake will automatically populate your education and work experience from your resume
  3. Add any organization/extracurricular, relevant courses, and projects to complete your profile
  4. Make your profile viewable by clicking

SEARCH FOR JOBS

  • Click on 'Jobs' at the top menu bar
  • Select your specific criteria by checking on the filter boxes in the expandable menus in the column under 'My Favorite Jobs'
  • Save your searches by clicking on 'Save these filters' in the top, middle of the page and name it
  • Select a '*Favorite' job and it will appear at the top of  your job page
  • You can create email alerts that will notify you when new opportunities are posted, matching your search criteria
*AVOID SCAM JOBS AND EMPLOYERS! PROTECT YOURSELF!  
  • Check Handshake for the job. If it is not in the system, it very well could be fraudulent
  • Be suspicious if the email does not use a company domain 
  • Never give your confidential information out
  • Never use your own money for business purposes
  • Do not cash or deposit employer funds in your account to conduct their business
  • IF IT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE, IT PROBABLY IS!

Please consult with Career Services staff if you have questions regarding a job posting before applying.

Contact Us

Career Services
McLemore Hall 125

Hattiesburg Campus

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Phone
601.266.4153

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Career Services
Hardy Hall 240

Gulf Park Campus

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Phone
228.214.3330