FIND A JOB OR INTERNSHIP: HANDSHAKE
Handshake is our online job board which hosts internships, co-ops, student employment opportunities and permanent positions with top employers from all over the country. Update your profile, upload your resume and cover letter, search for internships and jobs that align with your studies—and apply!
BE DISCERNING when looking at internship and job opportunities. Note reliability ratings, and think critically about whether the opportunity allows you to apply what you’ve learned in the classroom.
DO NOT "SIGN-UP FOR AN ACCOUNT." You already have one.
Learn more about the value of using Handshake by watching the video below!
BEWARE OF FRAUDULENT JOB POSTINGS
We strive to keep fraudulent job postings off Handshake as each employer and position is reviewed by our team. CSU exercises due diligence to root out false advertisements/scams but students must also use their best judgment. Students should NEVER pay any money or fees to apply for or obtain a job.
If you have encountered a fraudulent posting on Handshake, please contact Career Development & Exploration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can research the group and remove the employer from the system.
AVOIDING A JOB POSTING SCAM
Do not give your personal bank account, PayPal account or credit card information to a new employer.
Do not agree to have funds or paychecks directly deposited by a new employer into any of your accounts.
Do not forward, wire, transfer or send by courier (i.e. FedEx, UPS) any money to any employer, for any reason, using your personal account(s).
In general, applicants do not pay a fee to obtain a job (when in doubt, consult with our office first).
DISCLAIMER REGARDING JOB POSTINGS IN HANDSHAKE
Cleveland State University Career Development & Exploration lists opportunities which it feels will be of interest to students and alumni. We cannot guarantee the reliability or character of the listing from an employer. We cannot be responsible for potential disputes or contractual difficulties with contacts listed by the office. We strongly advise applicants to research and screen potential employers carefully.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: WORKING AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR (OR "1099 EMPLOYEE")
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FAQs FOR USING STAFFING AGENCIES
Q: What is a staffing agency?
A: A staffing agency — also known as a search, recruiting or staffing firm or service — is an organization that matches companies and job candidates. By registering with a staffing agency, you have the potential to make connections with multiple hiring managers looking to find the right people for their job openings.
Q: How do you choose the right agency?
A: It’s important to take time to learn about and research the staffing agency you’re interested in. Find out if it is a general staffing firm or a specialized staffing firm (one that targets specific industries). Be sure to clarify whether you want short-term, long-term, or temporary-to-permanent employment.
Look to see if the agency is part of the American Staffing Association. If they are, then they adhere practices that the American Staffing Association consider legal, ethical and professional.
Q: What are red flags that I should be on the lookout for?
A: Never work with a staffing agency that doesn’t have clear guidelines, or is vague, about their placement processes, time sheet or pay roll. DO NOT PAY ANYONE FOR A JOB!
Q: What COVID-19 questions are staffing firms permitted to ask of candidates and new employees?
A: Staffing agencies can ask:
Whether a candidate has traveled to specific, high-risk areas.
Whether a candidate had a recent fever and/or other specific symptoms.
Whether a candidate tested positive for the virus.
Whether a candidate lives with, or has recently been around, someone who tested positive or is presently quarantined.
A staffing firm can refuse to place a worker who answers yes to any of these questions. It is a valid basis for temporarily denying access to the facility or refusing to place a worker on assignment.
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Helpful staffing agency resources:
American Staffing Association—ASA and its state affiliates advance the interests of the industry across all sectors through advocacy, research, education, and the promotion of high standards of legal, ethical, and professional practices.