On behalf of the Sonoma State Career Center, we are excited to announce the launch of Handshake - a modern platform for college recruiting. Effective March 2019, Handshake will replace Seawolf Jobs as SSU’s primary job search board. With Handshake, students and alumni can apply to various job and internship opportunities both on and off-campus. Below you will find some helpful tips that can help with your sign up:


Why is Handshake so awesome?

  • You’ll have access to hundreds of full-time & part-time jobs, volunteer positions, and internship opportunities
  • Resumes, cover letters, and other documents can be uploaded directly your Handshake profile for an easy application process
  • You’ll be able to connect with employers across the U.S. and even worldwide
  • You can register for career fairs and other on-campus events using your Handshake profile
  • It’s free for all SSU students and alumni!



For Undergraduate Students:

  • Visit https://sonoma.joinhandshake.com/login
  • Select “Sonoma State University” as your school
  • Enter your SSU email address (@sonoma.edu)
  • If prompted to enter a password, use your MySSU password. If prompted to create a password, create a new password.
  • Follow any on screen instructions.
  • You may need to verify your email address in your email inbox.
  • Congrats - you’ve signed up for Handshake! Questions? Email careerservices@sonoma.edu.


For Graduate Students & Alumni:

  • Visit https://sonoma.joinhandshake.com/login
  • Select “Sonoma State University” as your school
  • Enter your email address (can be a non-SSU email for alumni)
  • A Career Center staff member will contact you to verify your grad student or alumni status
  • If you are having trouble, please email careerservices@sonoma.edu


For Employers (Off-Campus):

  • Visit https://app.joinhandshake.com/register and click “Employer”
  • Fill out the required fields.
  • Agree to the Handshake Employer guidelines. Please read through them, as they contain important information about posting jobs and networking with students.
  • Confirm your email address in your inbox. (If you do not receive the confirmation email, 1) check your spam folder, 2) contact your IT department to ensure Handshake emails are not being denied by your company's server, or 3) add handshake@m.joinhandshake.com to your address book.)
  • Sign in with the email and password combination you created.
  • If you know your company is already in Handshake, search for it. Otherwise, click the BLUE button that says “Create New Company.”
  • Fill in relevant company information under “start your company profile”. Be as detailed as possible, as students will want to know as much as they can about your company.
  • After your company is created, search for “Sonoma State” and click the plus sign to connect with the Seawolf Community.
  • If you have any questions, visit Handshake’s Help Center for more information and how-to guides.


For SSU Employers (On-Campus):

  • Follow similar steps as if you were an off campus employer.
  • Important: Even though you are an on-campus employer, you will still click “create new company.” Later in the sign-up process, you will be able to connect with Sonoma State.
  • The name of “your company” should be the name of your department at SSU. (i.e. “Career Services at Sonoma State University”)
  • If you have any questions, visit Handshake’s Help Center for more information and how-to guides.


For all employers:

If you accidentally added the wrong company and need to go back and add the right one, here is a link to Handshake’s Help Guide which can help explain this. If you are still having difficulties, please visit the Handshake Help Center for training videos, helpful guides, or to submit a help ticket for Handshake to help on their end.


Quick Links and Help Guides


SSU Handshake Student User Acknowledgement

SSU Handshake is a career services system for Sonoma State University students and alumni that can be used for seeking employment.  All users of SSU Handshake agree to:

  • Provide accurate information about their qualifications, work authorization, and educational background in SSU Handshake, including in their online profile, resume, and any supplemental job-search documents they upload to the system.
  • Understand that furnishing false information is a violation of conduct standards and may result in being blocked from using SSU Handshake.
  • Refrain from posting material that is inappropriate for professional settings in the system.
  • Keep their login credentials confidential and notify the Career Center immediately of any unauthorized use of their SSU Handshake account.
  • Authorize the Career Center to release their resume to employers via SSU Handshake when they have opted to publicly display their profile and actively submitted their resume to an application process.

Depending on the contents of your profile and uploaded documents, your personal information, such as name, address, telephone number, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, GPA and most recent previous educational institution attended may be shared. Employers may not share this information for commercial purposes.  The default setting of your profile is public to employers, which you may change in privacy settings.


SSU Handshake Disclaimer: Fraudulent Postings

The Career Center monitors SSU Handshake employers and job postings, but cannot screen deeply every individual employer or job posting due to the large volume of postings. The Career Center, its staff, the CSU System, and the State of California assume no liability for the accuracy of information provided in job listings and do not represent or act on behalf of the hiring authority. Users are urged to validate job postings and use caution when applying.  

Tips that a posting might be a scam:

  • You are asked to provide personal information, such as social security or bank account numbers
  • The pay is unrealistically high or they are sending you payment prior to working
  • The position requirements are simplistic or vague
  • You are offered employment or payment on the spot
  • You are asked to provide payment for an opportunity, training, or equipment
  • The posting appears to be from a reputable employer, yet the domain in the contact’s email address does not match the organization's website
  • You are offered contract work without a written contract
  • The posting appears on a list maintained by the Internet Crime Complaint Center

Students who believe an employer has misrepresented themselves or their organization, violated non-discrimination or harassment laws, posted an illegally/unethically structured position, or generally not complied with Career Center employer policies should contact the Career Center at careerservices@sonoma.edu to initiate an investigation.