More Information about Handshake – Goodbye GWork

In an effort to expand upon the university’s commitment to support the diverse career and professional development needs of students and alumni, and to strengthen partnerships with employers looking to connect to GW talent, the university has transitioned to Handshake, a powerful and dynamic new online career management and recruitment platform. Handshake has replaced the GWork (Symplicity) system.

Here is a recent GW Hatchet article about the change.

Handshake offers many exciting features, including:

  • A more personalized & powerful job search experience. Handshake continually personalizes job and internship recommendations based on a student/alumni user’s interests and connections, pushing out customized information that is relevant and timely based on their career interests, experiences, and major or field of study.

  • Relevant career resources, events & news. Users can easily search for jobs and internships, sign up for events and career coaching appointments, access the on-campus recruiting program, review career resources that are relevant to them, and receive the latest information from their GW career services office and the employers they follow.

  • A seamless recruiting and branding experience for employers. Companies and organizations can easily attract and connect to GW students and alumni by customizing their profiles to brand their organization, target job and internship postings to qualified candidates, manage on-campus recruiting, and advertise their on-campus events.

Next steps for students and alumni. This week current students and alumni will receive an email from the Center for Career Services with information on how to access their new Handshake accounts and complete their profiles.They will be asked to make sure they have copies of any personal documents (e.g., resumes, cover letters) that they might have uploaded to their GWork profiles as these will not be transitioned to their new Handshake profiles. Users will have access to their GWork profile until November 1, 2017.

For more information and resources on Handshake, make sure to check out these resources in the Handshake Help Center.

Questions? Need assistance with the Handshake transition? Contact the Handshake Help Desk at


By Chalvonna Smith Teachey
Chalvonna Smith Teachey Director