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Accessing Your Handshake Account Webster University | Career Planning & Development Center

Accessing Your Handshake Account

Webster University's Career Planning & Development Center (CPDC) provides Webster students and alumni access to Handshake, an online career management platform which enables users access to job and internship postings, professional connections, events, and a variety of other career resources exclusive to Webster University students and alumni.

Current Webster University students have Handshake accounts created upon enrollment at the university for the first time.
  • Students can access their Handshake accounts by using the same login credentials to access their Connections and Office 365 accounts.
  • Webster University Alumni may already have an account in Handshake if they were enrolled at the university during the Spring 2018 semester or later.

Alumni, learn more about accessing your Handshake account in the following section.

Handshake Access for Alumni

If You Graduated Spring 2018 or Later

Webster University created Handshake accounts automatically for enrolled students beginning in Spring 2018, so it is possible that you already have a Handshake account.

You can check if you have an existing Handshake account by emailing careercn@webster.edu with the subject line "Alumni Handshake Account Inquiry." In the body of the email, please provide:

  • Your full name
  • Your Webster student ID or other information that will help us to identify you in our student records system (e.g., last 4 digits of your social security number).
  • Your Webster email address
  • The personal email address you'd like to use as your Handshake username moving forward. Please double check that your personal email address is spelled correctly

Our staff will identify whether you have an existing Handshake account. If so, your email address will be changed through a manual process to the personal email address you provided, and you will be emailed instructions to access your account using your personal email address. If not, you will be notified via email and provided instructions for registering for a new account.

If You Graduated Before Spring 2018

Alumni who graduated before Spring 2018 will not have had a Handshake account automatically created for them by Webster University but can register for a new account.

To register, go to webster.joinhandshake.com and click on the "No account? Sign up here" link in the top right corner of the screen.

You will be asked to enter your .edu email address. Ignore these instructions and enter your personal email address.

You will be asked to enter your .edu email address. Ignore these instructions and enter your personal email address.

Make sure that Webster University is listed in the "School" drop-down box and click "Next."

Select a password and click the "Create account" button.

Fill out the "Tell us about yourself" form and click the "Next" button.

Once you've completed the form, you'll receive a confirmation email. Click the "Confirm Email" button in that email.

You'll be directed back to Handshake to set up your profile and answer questions about your career interests. Once you've completed the career interests page, click the "Launch" button.

You'll be granted access to a limited version of your Handshake account, and you'll receive an email explaining your pending registration status.

Career Planning & Development Center staff need to manually confirm and approve your account. Account requests will be reviewed during business hours. Once approved, you'll receive an email confirming your status. When you log in to Handshake in the future, you'll be able to access jobs, events, and other resources for Webster students and alumni.

For questions about Webster University Handshake accounts, please contact the Career Planning & Development Center at 314-968-6982 or careercn@webster.edu.

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