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Career Connections

Handshake for Students

Handshake logo

What is Handshake?

Lake Forest College has switched to Handshake, the leading career platform used at over 500 colleges and by more than 200,000 employers. On Handshake you can

  • Make an appointment with your career advisor
  • View and RSVP for upcoming events
  • Find jobs and internships using powerful search tools
  • Connect with employers
  • Receive personal job and internship recommendations based on your interests, skills, major, location preferences and search history

Current students already have an account. Log in using your Lake Forest College credentials. Visit lakeforest.joinhandshake.com to complete your profile and put your best self forward to employers!

If you graduated before August 2018, you can either email careers@lakeforest.edu to request an account, or create a new account on Handshake.


Log in to Handshake using your Lake Forest College credentials. You already have an account waiting for you!

  1. Go to lakeforest.joinhandshake.com
  2. Click “Sign in using my.lakeforest ID” and enter your normal Single-Sign On credentials (the same as the ones for your Lake Forest email or Moodle).
  3. If this is the first time you are logging in, follow the prompts and answer the preliminary questions to set your career plan preferences.
  4. Once you are logged in, we recommend you fill out your profile. Click on your name in the top right corner, then “My Profile.”

Login screen for Handshake









  1. Click “Career Center” in the menu on the top of the screen, then “Appointments.”
  2. On the next page, click “Schedule New Appointment.”
  3. Choose a Category and an Appointment Type based on what you would like to discuss with your advisor. Appointment Types are based on Career Pathways, which are specialized communities that help you match your interests with career preparation opportunities. When making an appointment, choose the option most closely related to the type of career you are interested in discussing.
  4. Select the date and time you would like to schedule your appointment.
  5. Write a note to your advisor about what you would like to discuss, then hit “Request.”

Appointments on Handshake









A great way to see jobs personalized for you is to visit your “For You” page (this is also your Handshake home page). It loads categories of opportunities based on your past searches and your preferences.

The best way to thoroughly search for jobs on Handshake is to click on “Jobs” in the menu on the top of the screen, and use the search tools on this page. You can use filters to search by job type, location, industry and more! On the right side of the screen you can click “Create Search Alert” after applying filters to get notifications when new jobs are posted meeting your criteria.

Job page on Handshake






You can view upcoming events on the “Events” page. Click on an event to see more details. On the individual event page you can RSVP.

Example of an event on Handshake