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For Immediate Release
July 24, 2017

IPFW Implementing New Job and Internship Portal for Students and Alumni

FORT WAYNE,Ind.—Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) is switching to Handshake as its job and internship portal beginning August 1, 2017. Employers throughout the region and across the country will be able to post job and internship opportunities, and be able to search for qualified applicants on this user-friendly website.

“The Handshake program moves the university's career services to the national forefront by providing a more dynamic, accelerated, and simplified platform to engage students and employees,” said Eric Norman, chief student affairs officer and dean of students. “With enhanced communication and streamlined cross-institutional posting capabilities, we will attract more stakeholders to the site. This in turn facilitates a stronger connection between the student, institution, and employer. We are excited to show off all of its capabilities and functions.”

Fort Wayne Community Schools (FWCS) uses college boards as one way to recruit teachers and support staff. Kody Tinnel, a recruiter in human resources for FWCS, says they use the tool to connect with students even before they graduate. “Attracting qualified applicants has been challenging in the past few years due to teacher shortages and low unemployment,” he said. “In today’s competitive market, we have to connect with people as early as possible before they begin making their career decisions.” He adds that college job portals are critical for organizations like FWCS because they are continuously hiring.

Recruiters will be able to target students and alumni with their postings, manage on-campus interviews, and register for career events, all at no cost to the employer. They will also be able to see more than a person’s résumé. Job candidates on the site are able to build profiles that highlight academic accomplishments, skills, awards, extracurricular activities, and more.

“I think students will enjoy the level of customization they have with their accounts,” said Ashley Calderon, director of career services. “I expect to see big boosts in interactions between students and potential employers.”

More than 180,000 employers currently use Handshake, including 98% of Fortune 500 companies.

For more information, contact Ashley Calderon, director of career services, at 260-481-6591 or