The 10 Day Handshake Profile Challenge

September 17, 2021

The 10 Day Handshake Profile Challenge has been designed to help you help students kick off their future career smoothly and effectively using Handshake.

The idea is that each day for 10 days, you encourage them to do one small thing.

Instead of trying to do everything in one day, they will achieve full Handshake mastery in just under two weeks!

To assist with this, we have created some copy, imagery and animations for you to share with your students, via your social channels and/or email.

Up first - introduce students to The 10 Day Handshake Profile Challenge

Share the image shown below with your students and let them know when the challenge will be starting and what they can expect (Click here to download the image)

Each day, share (again via your social channels and/or email) the corresponding day’s copy and animation. For example:

You’ll find below some suggestions for each day’s copy, and on the Handshake Marketing Toolkit Resources Page, you’ll find the matching animation for that day.

Please remember to tag us in your social posts - we can’t wait to see your students becoming Handshake Pros with the 10 Day Handshake Profile Challenge!

  • @joinhandshakeuk (Twitter)
  • /joinhandshake (Facebook)
  • /joinhandshake (Instagram)
  • /company/team-handshake (LinkedIn)


Day 1: Activate your Handshake profile

This is the easiest step — sign up for Handshake with your “” email address and complete the activation steps.

Day 2: Upload your CV.

Did you know you can upload your CV and your Handshake profile will pull loads of information automatically? Save yourself the effort of writing everything multiple times! Upload your CV before adding anything else to your profile and you’ll only have to fill in the gaps.

Day 3: Fill out your job preferences.

This means selecting locations you’d like to work in, preferred job roles, and your ideal job type: part-time, full-time, internship, or on-campus.

Day 4: Add experience to your profile.

Add any volunteering, internship, or work that you’ve already completed to your profile. This allows prospective employers to see your previous (or current) responsibilities.

Day 5: Follow 5 interesting employers.

Explore different organisations and companies on Handshake and follow them for updates. Often, recruiters check who is following them — it can help you get on their radar and ensure you get alerts for new opportunities! It only takes a few seconds to get noticed!

Day 6: Fill out past courses and special skills.

Pull up your academic record and fill out specific courses, skills, and talents that could be relevant to your future career. This will help give prospective employers a better idea of the special attributes you have to offer their organisation.

Day 7: Add a headshot.

This isn’t a must for landing a job, but a photo can help put a face to your name — this is particularly useful if you’ve made a connection with a recruiter on campus at a career fair or event.

Day 8: Message 3 peers with professional experience you admire.

Use Handshake to build connections by messaging peers. Reach out to alumni from your university, people who have previously held internships you’re interested in, and more.

Day 9: Ask one question about a company, job role, or specific opportunity in the Q&A section.

There are so many knowledgeable folks on Handshake— hit them with some of your questions about specific career paths, organisations, or opportunities.

Day 10: Apply to five jobs that interest you.

This is self-explanatory. Now that you’re a Handshake super-user, make sure to apply for opportunities!

There you have it: at the end of this fun challenge, your students should be Handshake pros! We really hope that The 10 Day Handshake Profile Challenge helps them find their next job, internship or professional opportunity!