ECU Transitioning to Handshake

Handshake will be the new career database system replacing ECU CareerNET during the Summer and Fall of 2018. Handshake is a combination of some of the best tools on the web today, taken from services like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. It’s designed to help us precisely target career information, internship, employment opportunities, and career related events to student’s specific major, degree type, and interests. 


The transition to Handshake represents a significant milestone in the continuing evolution of ECU Career Services and the way in which we deliver services to our current students, alumni, employers, faculty and staff. Implementation will begin during the Summer 2018 term. Below is more information to help students, alumni and employers prepare for this upcoming change:


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Who's using Handshake?


Students & Alumni







Handshake will be launching to student in May 30, 2018.

Deadline: May 30, 2018
Action: Download your resume(s), cover letter(s), and other relevant documents from ECU CareerNET system. After this date, your documents will not be available and we will not be able to retrieve them for you.

Beginning: May 30, 2018
Action: Login to Handshake and begin to fill out your profile information and upload resume to view employment opportunities.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact our office at 252-328-6050 or email us at

Employers who are currently using the ECU CareerNET system will be notified by email when Handshake is active for East Carolina University. Any positions posted with deadlines past May 30, 2018 will need to be re-posted in Handshake.

Beginning: April , 2018
Action: Review your open positions in the current ECU CareerNET system. You will be able to complete recruiting on any open position through May 30, 2018. After May 30th, you will need to re-post any unfilled positions in Handshake to continue recruiting.

Action: Check the e-mail address that you use to log into ECU CareerNET system for an invitation to create your new account on Handshake. If you already use Handshake at another college or university, you may submit a request to add East Carolina University to your list of approved schools.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Associate Director of Employer Relations, Adam Denney at 252-328-6050 or

Why Handshake?
We chose Handshake as our new technology platform because of the wealth of features and functionality it offers to our users. For example, Handshake provides:
• A customizable, personalized experience for all of our users
• An intuitive design that’s easy to learn and use
• A set of fast and powerful search tools for both job seekers and recruiters
• The ability to have access to jobs on a local, regional, and national scale
• Better access to internships and other career development opportunities
• An iOS ready mobile app


Who is Handshake?
Handshake is a cutting-edge, start-up technology firm that specializes in software for running career services offices. Launched in 2014, and currently based in San Francisco, Handshake is used on over 400 U.S. university campuses, including schools like Stanford University, the University of Michigan, Cornell University, Villanova University, Wake Forest University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Chicago, and the University of Miami. The company’s platform is also used by recruiters at over 50% of Fortune 500 companies. Handshake’s novel approach to handling employers and recruiters will enable ECU Career Services to provide students and alumni with access to internship and employment opportunities on a scale that was simply not possible on our old technology platform. With the click of a button, employers will be able to share all of their opportunities with ECU students and alumni, opening regional, national, and international career paths.


You can learn more about Handshake and the product by visiting their website at:


For more information and questions regarding the transition from ECU CareerNET to Handshake please contact ECU Career Services at 252.328.6050 or