Make the most of your job search using Handshake:

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Download the app or sign into your account using your Mason NetID credentials

Handshake Profile

Complete Your Profile: Add your work experiences, skills, interests and organizations

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Discover Jobs for You: Browse collections of jobs based on your profile and interests

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Connect with Career Services: Schedule appointments, interviews and career fair visits on Handshake




Handshake is Mason's source for jobs, internships, employment advice, and career fair details. Activate your account and complete your profile today!

Activation Instructions and Account Information

Current Undergrad and Graduate Students

(1) Your Handshake account has already been created.
: newly admitted students do not have system access until the beginning of the semester for which they are admitted.

To access your account navigate to Handshake and select the button option to LOGIN with your NetID (text of button highlighted in red below).

DO NOT select to 'Sign up for an Account' OR 'sign in with your email address'. Mason students are required to sign in with their Mason NetID and password - view (2) below.


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(2) You will be redirected to enter your Mason NetID and password (view image of the site below):


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NOTE: Mason students are required to use their NetID and password to access their Handshake account. Account requests created by students on the Handshake website will be rejected.

Review the Handshake Student / Alumni Help Center for resources and videos to help you get the most out of Handshake.

Mason Alumni (May 2018 graduates)

Follow the login instructions for "Current Undergrad and Graduate Students".

NOTE: DO NOT select the option to "Sign up for an Account" on the Handshake log in page. Alumni are required to use their Mason NetID and password to login and access their Handshake account. Account requests created by alumni on the Handshake website will be rejected.

Mason Alumni (2017 graduates and earlier)

Alumni who graduated in 2017 or earlier need to request access to Handshake. Please email careers@gmu.edu with your name, year of graduation, NetID, G#, and email address to request access.

NOTE: DO NOT select the option to "Sign up for an Account" on the Handshake log in page. Account requests created by alumni on the Handshake website will be rejected.

Antonin Scalia Law School Students

In order to request access to Handshake, Antonin Scalia Law School students should email careers@gmu.edu with their name, NetID, G#, and email address.

Students Enrolled in Continuing Education/Non-degree Programs

Handshake accounts are available to Mason students who are matriculated in degree-seeking programs of study. Those students enrolled in continuing education/certificate programs or who have non-degree status are not eligible for a Handshake account, but all Mason students have access to Career Shift.


Login to Handshake using your email address and Handshake password.

For help getting started review the Handshake Help Center for Employers.

Faculty / Admins

There is no faculty / staff account option available in Handshake. For an overview of the system and the exciting features for you to share with students please review the Handshake Overview for Faculty (PPT)

Faculty and departmental administrative staff interested in hiring student workers may find this information available on: Hire a Student Worker.

NOTE: DO NOT select the option to "Sign up for an Account" on the Handshake log in page. New user account requests created on the Handshake website will be rejected.

Student Resumes

Review Your Resume

Prior to uploading a copy of your resume in Handshake, please be sure your document includes the following:

  • Information about George Mason University in your education section (for incoming and enrolled students)

  • Sufficient contact information including name, phone number, and email address

  • Sufficient descriptions in Experience section (e.g., including your job title, the organization's name and location, the month/year-month/year you were employed, and a short summary of your responsibilities and accomplishments)

  • Consistent and professional formatting

  • Content free of spelling or grammatical errors

  • No use of first person pronouns

  • No inclusion of inappropriate personal information (e.g., age, marital status, social security number, parent’s name, race/skin color, birthday, photo)

Need help with your resume?

Have your resume reviewed by emailing a word document to careers@gmu.edu, visiting Career Services during Drop-in Hours (M, W, Th from 1-3pm) or Make an Appointment to tailor your resume for a job/internship search.