Searching for a job can seem like an overwhelming task. But if you follow the right steps, and have the right tools, it becomes simpler and you will achieve your goal of finding employment even faster.

The job search is a process, with several steps. Follow the helpful information in this section to search for, apply to, and get offered a great job.

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Handshake is a one-stop shop for students to prepare and launch their careers; and for companies, nonprofits, and organizations of all shapes and sizes to find, recruit, and hire IUP alumni. Handshake uses data to help students find jobs or internships that best match their interests.


  1. Log in to Handshake
    • When you sign in to your account at, you will then log in with your IUP SSO password.
  2. Complete Your Profile
    • Add your work experiences, skills, interests, and organizations.
  3. Discover Jobs for You
    • Browse collections of jobs based on your profile and interests.

Please Note:

The IUP Career and Professional Development Center provides job listings for the convenience of students and alumni. While every effort is made to verify the legitimacy of both organizations and jobs posted, the university does not endorse or recommend any particular employer, and a posting does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation. The university explicitly makes no representations or guarantees about job listings or the accuracy of the information provided by the employer. The university is not responsible for safety, wages, working conditions, or any other aspect of off-campus employment without limitation. It is the responsibility of students and alumni to perform due diligence in researching employers when applying for or accepting employment and to thoroughly research the facts and reputation of each organization to which they are applying. Students and alumni should be prudent and use common sense and caution when applying for or accepting any position.

What Is Your Game Plan?

The IUP Career and Professional Development Center’s Game Plan is a four-year and beyond checklist to help students find a career after graduation.

Alumni Networking

IUP offers many networking opportunities for alumni.

Recruitment and Networking Events

Find out more about off- and on-campus professional development, recruitment, alumni networking events, and job fairs!

After the Interview

The follow-up is the final act of the interview.

Interviewing and Etiquette

Interviewing and etiquette for business interactions.

Résumé and Cover Letter Writing

Information regarding résumé and cover letter writing

Getting Started

Information about how to begin your job search.

Job Search

The Career and Professional Development Center has put together a series of guides to aid you in your search.

Online Job Search Tips

Information on the best methods to use online career resources.