Step 1: log-in to Handshake and complete your profile

  1. Use your Hawk ID and password to reach your Handshake homepage.
  2. Under the My Account tab in the upper right hand corner, click on your initials and then “My Profile” to update your profile and/or access your privacy settings. Edit and complete the required fields on these pages.

Step 2: add documents

  1. Click on your initials in the upper right hand corner and then “My Documents”.
  2. Click on “Add New Document” to add new documents (resume, cover letter, applications etc.)
  3. You can remove – we no longer need to approve resumes, they are auto-approved.

Step 3: find a job

  1. Click “Jobs” in the top left corner.
  2. Click the “On Campus” button or search by keyword and location Iowa City (ex. University Housing & Dining, Recreational Services)
  3. You can choose “All Filters” to conduct an advanced search

Step 4: save your search (optional)

  1. Once you find matching jobs from your Search, click Save Search.
  2. Give the search a Title, and select how often you would like to receive emails with new results only.
  3. You can find your saved searches later under the Save Search dropdown.

Step 5: apply for a job

  1. To view a position, click on the job title.
  2. Click on the Apply button to submit the requested documents.
  3. If the Apply button is not available, this means you do not have the documents uploaded within the Documents tab. Refer to Step 2.

Step 6: follow up on your application

  1. After applying for jobs, you can follow your applications by clicking on – your initials in the upper right hand corner and then “My Jobs” or “My Interviews”.

Step 8: follow up with your employer

  1. We suggest you follow-up with the employer about the status of your application via email within 7-10 days.
  2. Below is a template to help you with the follow-up email to use as a guide. 

    Dear Mr./Ms. “Name”,

    My name is “Name” and I recently applied for the “name of position” job at “organization name” on “date”. I wanted to email you today to reiterate my interest in the position and ask if there is any other information I can provide you about myself. “A sentence about why you are passionate about the job.” I thank you very much for your time and I look forward to being in touch with you in the near future.



    Bachelors of Science, Health Studies “Degree”
    University of Iowa
    319-555-5555 “Phone #” “Email”