Handshake is Mercer’s one-stop career development platform that connects students and alumni with employers as well as the Mercer Center for Career and Professional Development. 


The university automatically creates a Handshake account for all enrolled students. To get started with Handshake (on or after the first day of class):

  • Log in to Handshake using your Mercer username and password
  • Complete your profile and review your account settings
  • Consider setting the profile visibility to allow students, alumni, and employers to find and connect with you

(Recent graduates already have a Handshake account. Access to Handshake continues after graduation. However, those who graduated before August 2017 must request an account.)

  • Click "Login to Handshake now!"
  • In the top right hand corner, click the "No Account? Sign up here" option
  • Click the Student/Alumni button
  • Fill in the requested information (utilize your personal email address)
  • Click "Create Account"

Allow 1-3 business days to have new accounts processed and approved. Handshake will send an email confirming the approval of the new account. Begin using Handshake immediately upon receiving account approval.


Use Handshake to:

  • Discover career paths that align with your goals
  • Upload your resume for review by the CCPD team
  • Search and apply for jobs and internships
  • Allow employers to find your profile during recruitment and directly message you 
  • Receive employer updates on new career opportunities
  • Sign up for career fairs and events
  • Access helpful career resources
  • Utilize the new Peer Messaging feature to get career advice and connect with peers.
  • Schedule phone, virtual, or face-to-face appointments with your career consultant


Additional Resources

Handshake Support Site for Students and Alumni

Article: Getting Started With Handshake

Handshake Training Videos

Video: New Profile Setup

Handshake Student Blog



Questions about Handshake?

Contact Stefanie Swanger at (478) 301-2863 or swanger_s@mercer.edu