General Frequently Asked Question

How do I sign on to Handshake?

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Virtual Job Fairs with Handshake

We’re introducing Handshake, the No. 1 national virtual job fair platform for college students, which provides:
    •    Job Listings
    •    Employer Introductions
    •    Community Tips
    •    Virtual Job FairsAccess for UCSC Silicon Valley Extension students differs from access for UCSC students, so please follow these steps carefully.

Handshake will soon be available to current UCSC Silicon Valley Extension students and recent alumni* of certificate and specialization programs.

Signing on to Handshake for the First Time

It’s pretty simple, but there are just a few quirks in the system that apply to students who are in professional education extension programs, such as UCSC Silicon Valley. Even if you're one of those people who never read instructions, you’ll need to for your initial log on. Just follow the steps below.

STEP 1: Click the “sign in with your email address” link.

Do not use the “UC Santa Cruz Log In” option.

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STEP 2: Enter the email address you used when you enrolled with UCSC Extension and click Next.

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STEP 3: Click on “Or log in using your Handshake credentials.

Do not click the “UC Santa Cruz Log In” button.

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STEP 4: Click the Get Started button.

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STEP 5: Check for Handshake email.

The email will guide you through the next steps.

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STEP 6: Click Set My Password.

The email should look something like the image below.

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STEP 7: Type in a password of your choosing and click Next.

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STEP 8: Ready? Click the Sign In button.

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STEP 9: From log in page, use the “sign in with your email address” link

At the log in page (https://ucsc.joinhandshake.com/login be sure to use the “sign in with your email address” link. DO NOT CLICK the “UC Santa Cruz Log In” button.

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STEP 10: Click on the “Or log in using your Handshake credentials” link.

DO NOT CLICK THE “UC Santa Cruz Log In” button.

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STEP 11: Enter your password and explore Handshake job opportunities!

  • Handshake will be available only for recent alumni back to 2018 and current students. We will send you an email to let you know when you are eligible to participate.