Handshake is the leading career community for students in America and the United Kingdom. Today, the Handshake community includes 17 million students and young alumni at over 1000 universities. We connect up-and-coming talent with 500,000+ employers recruiting on Handshake – from every Fortune 500 company to thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, startups, and more. Handshake is democratising opportunity and ensuring students have the support they need to find a great job and kick-off a meaningful career regardless of where they study, what they choose as a major, and who they know.
Brunel University (@Bruneluni), London, Chooses Handshake to Power Virtual Careers Fairs
Handshake (@JoinHandshakeUK), the largest early career network, has been selected by Brunel University, London, to power its Virtual Career Fairs in the academic year ahead.
$80M funding round will allow Handshake (@joinHandshake) to continue to invest in creating new platform features that will further help students develop the relationships and skills they need to build their career. A tranche of this venture financing will be invested back into an Early Talent Recovery Fund, launched exclusively in the UK.
The skills gap – where organisations struggle to find skilled employees, particularly at graduate level – is well known and well documented. According to the Open University (@OpenUniversity), the UK’s pervasive skills shortage cost organisations £6 billion in the last year alone, as they bridged knowledge gaps through temporary staffing, increased salaries, and intense workforce training programmes.
Digital recruitment market opens doors – but businesses must guard against “Netpotism”
A report from Handshake shows that half of businesses (49%) believe the ongoing shift towards online networks driven by the pandemic presents a chance to level the playing field, with lower barriers to directly reaching candidates.
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