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A new career platform that allows for a more personalized job and internship search experience is now available to Northwestern students and alumni. Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA) introduced Handshake today as its new career platform, replacing its current system, CareerCat, and integrating Medill’s career platform, MEDILLINK. The two systems now share the same platform on Handshake, while still maintaining options for employers to recruit from specific schools or majors.

Northwestern Career Advancement launches new career platform, Handshake, on June 5

Students will use Handshake to search for and apply to jobs and internships, schedule appointments with career advisers and counselors, and view educational and employer-related programs. A personalized user experience driven by student preference, a more user-friendly interface, and more options for profile customization are just a few of the features students can look forward to using as they explore and prepare for career opportunities.

“Handshake provides Northwestern students with a modern, customized interface designed to support all of their career needs. The more students use the system, the more they will see recommendations tailored to their interests, major(s) and skills. This allows students to spend less time searching and more time applying for internships and full-time opportunities,” said NCA Executive Director Mark Presnell, in an e-mail to Northwestern campus partners.

Handshake will also enhance the recruiting experience for Northwestern’s employer partners, who have been able to access the new system since early May to begin posting opportunities prior to the student launch. In Handshake, employers can target specific majors and schools or broadly connect with Northwestern students, depending on their hiring needs.

Students are encouraged to log into Handshake to complete their profiles, select career interests and become familiar with the new platform and its features. More information about Handshake can be found on Northwestern Career Advancement’s website.

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