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Handshake is TCNJ’s recruitment program which allows students/alumni to submit resumés to potential employers and/or interview one another regarding possible employment opportunities.


On Campus Interviews, Internships & Job Postings

Announce full-time and internship opportunities to our students and visitors!   An on campus interview or resumé collection request can be posted through our on-line recruitment system, Handshake. For non degree positions they are placed in the Job Binders in the Career Library for a period of up to three weeks. Interested candidates will respond as suggested in your job postings.

Getting Started

Handshake is our new interface, and we believe you will find this program more intuitive and user friendly. To ensure this is a seamless transition to the new recruiting system The Career Center has weekly workshops, open hours and an online tutorial to acquaint you with this system and processes.

Activating Handshake

  • Sign into Handshake using your TCNJ student login and password
  • If it is your first time logging into Handshake, complete your profile. Continue to update your profile as details may change.
  • You can upload your resume into your account through the “Documents” section. Within two (2) working days, a career counselor will have reviewed your resume. The reviewed document will appear in your account under “Documents” with critiqued resume under the name, “Edit”. There will be posted notes appearing on this resume
  • Make the suggested changes and upload your new resume under the name, “Final”
  • Each morning, a Career Center staff member activates accounts with the Final resume appearing.
  • Be sure to upload new resumes FIRST, prior to deleting old or previous ones!

Using the System

  • Once you have your resume uploaded, you can use Handshake to search for available internships, part-time, or full-time jobs.
  • If further documents are required (a cover letter, references, etc), you can upload those to Handshake as well.
  • Reminder once you submit a resume to an OCR event, we expect you to interview. The Career Center notifies the employers of this process allowing our community to compete with other campuses. If you do not abide by this process, you are in danger of losing your Handshake activation
  • Interviews can be scheduled through Handshake, and it is important you accept or decline the interviews. If you accept and fail to arrive to your interview, your account may be placed on hold and a meeting with a Career Counselor will be scheduled
  • If you accept an offer from an employer, understand that rescinding that offer is considered unprofessional, and that this will result in your Handshake account being placed on hold as well as a meeting with a Career Counselor.

Scheduling Appointments

  • You can schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor using Handshake as well.
  • At the top of the page, click on Career Center > Appointments.
  • Choose the topic you wish to discuss and schedule a date and time that works for you. A confirmation email will be sent when you schedule an appointment, and another email will be sent when your appointment is approved.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to check in.

For a quick response to any questions regarding LionsLink, call The Career Center, x2161, or visit Roscoe West 102. Many times it is more efficient to address your question in person.

Beware of Phishing and Other Scams

Handshake and a variety online job boards are very convenient for you to find positions. Although security precautions exist, scammers can sometimes get through these measures and create fraudulent positions. While we try to screen employers and the positions they post to Handshake, it is very important that you proceed with caution and common sense. You need to read position descriptions carefully before applying.

Each job board has privacy policies available for you to review. Handshake has high security thresholds, but no system is 100%. You control the distribution of your resume in the Handshake system by submission. No employer has access to your Documents section or Profile.

Trust your instincts! If you are uncomfortable with some of the information requested, do not continue contact with the organization or individual. If you receive follow-up correspondence or an offer that seems unusual, you need to proceed with caution. Some e-mail providers along with social media sites allow you to block users, so use this to protect yourself.

Some Common Suspicious Activity:

  • If you are asked to provide a credit card, bank, PayPal account, Social Security numbers, photo ID or payment
  • If you are offered a large payment or reward in exchange for a money transfer
  • If you receive a large check – DO NOT CASH THE CHECK
  • If you asked to a background check before prior to a pending offer
  • If the e-mail address does not match the organization’s website. For example an AOL e-mail for ABC Company instead of the company e-mail appearing in the address.
  • If you are asked to buy something beforehand

Reviewing the Job/Intern Description

  • Be cautious of postings for work-at-home, mystery shoppers, or virtual positions
  • Please note one of the policies for TCNJ Career Center is we do not post internships/positions where work is in a home residence
  • Again, listed salary too good to be true or pay up front? Beware!
  • Are there misspellings?
  • If the position listing is an international opportunity, does it include travel expenses or upfront program fees? Proceed with caution
  • Verify that a URL listed in the ad goes to the internet domain of the company listed. For example the add includes company 123 with web address-www.123. com/career and goes to

What To Do When Involved in a Potential Scam?

  • End all communication and if personal information was provided, monitor your accounts and stop payments
  • Each bank or credit card has a fraud service – report immediately
  • Contact The Career Center ( or call 609.771.2161) ASAP so we can review, notify others, and report incidents
  • Report to The Internet Crime Complaint Center (
  • If the incident occurred entirely over the internet, file an incident report with the FCC at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or at

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