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Handshake information for VT advisors, faculty, and staff

For Virginia Tech employees — advisors, faculty and staff — who assist students:
Thank you for referring students and employers to use Handshake.

You don't need your own account to assist students:

  • Feel free to explore the information for students and encourage your student advisees to open and use their Handshake accounts.
  • Students' Handshake accounts display information and opportunities to them based on their qualifications and their activity in their accounts.
  • Have your students / advisees open their accounts on their laptops and you can view their accounts with them. Ask them to show you the profile information they have entered for themselves.
  • The Handshake developers built it to be student-user friendly.

If you still wish to have a student account:

  • BE AWARE: The account you request is a real student account. It is not a demo or "dummy" account.
  • You are responsible for using the account in an appropriate manner.
    For example you should not make your profile public or apply for jobs.
    There is no such thing as a "faculty" or "advisor" account.

If you also have an EMPLOYER account in Handshake:

  • You might have, or want, an employer account if your VT department hires students and you wish to post those jobs or internships in Handshake.
  • You must use your real VT PID email address for your student account.
  • Therefore, use an alias email address for your employer account.
    (See Handshake information for employers.)
    If you have already established an employer account using your real PID email address, you can change your employer account email address to an alias. (4help: How to create an alias for your Virginia Tech email account.)

How to request a student account:

NOTE: Student accounts can only be created using your real VT PID email address.  A student account CANNOT be created with an alias or non-VT email address.