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Welcome to the new high-tech, high-touch reality, Chapman Connect!

Chapman Connect is a personal & career development tool designed specifically for our students and alumni. Formerly Panther Connect, this new platform is  streamlined, intuitive, and customizable to meet your unique needs. Chapman Connect provides you with exclusive access to job & internship postings, career & networking events, and resources. You can manage contacts, schedule career coaching appointments, practice interviewing skills, and track your path to success right from your phone. 

The Career Development Center is proud to unveil this new and more powerful career resource. Chapman Connect has an exciting fresh look, more powerful tools, and more ways for you to connect with employers, alumni, and staff.  The power behind our new system is a cutting-edge career network powered by Handshake that is used by many universities and employers throughout the country. 

Chapman Connect for Students

+ - General Instructions

To access your account:

Ready to start using Handshake? Great! Here are five quick steps you can take to jump-start your Handshake experience:

  1. Login to Handshake at Once you’re on your school’s page, click the Sign up for an Account link in the lower left hand corner to get started.

  2. Upload a document. You’ll likely want to have a public resume available in Handshake for employers (and your school’s Career Development Services team) to see. To learn more about how to upload a document, read How do I add (upload) a new document?
  3. Fill out your profile.  

    • Some of your information will already be in your Handshake profile (this information would have been provided by your Career Services Center, usually with support from the school registrar).  Check to be sure all pre-loaded information is correct. Pay especially close attention to your major and GPA (if included).  If you find an error in any of your profile data, contact your school’s Career Services Center to correct it. (Note: Handshake is unable to change any of your profile data, so contacting your school is best.)

    • You’ll need to decide whether to make your profile public or private.

      • A public profile, and most information in the profile, can be seen by any employer on Handshake and by your Career Services Center. (Note: There are some Handshake profile components, like GPA, that have their own privacy settings. So you can make your profile public, but your GPA private, for example). Your profile can’t be seen by other students or by Career Services Centers at other schools.

      • If you make your profile private, it can only be seen by you and your school’s Career Services Center.  

      • You can switch your privacy status at any time, from private to public or from public to private.

    • The more information you add to your profile, the easier it will be for employer to find you and to make good decisions about whether or not you might be a good fit for their job postings.

  4. Take Handshake for a spin. Use the landing page, top search bar and filters to look for companies and jobs you’re interested in learning more about or applying to. Remember, you can always save your searches in Handshake so finding relevant employers and jobs will be easy.

  5. Follow some jobs and employers you’re interested in.  When you follow an employer or a job, you’ll automatically start receiving important updates about the company or job and you can begin filtering based on companies you follow.

Once you’ve taken these five steps, you’ll be on your way to using Handshake to help you efficiently and effectively launch your career.

Quick Questions Hours take place in AF 303 as follows:


  • Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.


  • Monday: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.                                     
  • Tuesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.             
  • Thursday: 2 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

You can use Quick Questions for internship questions, resume and cover letter critiques, job and internship search strategies, and so much more! First come, first served!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Career Development Center at (714) 997-6942 or

Chapman Connect for Employers

+ - How do I create a user account and join an existing company?

If you are an Employer, you can create an account one of two ways:

You could be invited by a school. For example, if Chapman University invited you, you would visit and click Sign Up for an Account to get started.

 If you don’t have an invitation from a school, you can then click Sign Up for an Account to get started.

1. As you begin the process, you will be asked what type of account you would like to create.  Clickthe Employer button which will trigger the employer registration form to appear.

2. Fill out the information requested then click Sign Up

3. Fill out some preferences that will help us understand how you are hoping to user Handshake and where you attended college

4. Click Continue

5. Agree to the Handshake Guidelines

6. If you are a third party recruiter select Yes and review Handshake's third party recruiter policy

7. If you are a third party recruiter, meaning that you are going to be posting jobs on behalf of another company, with the intent of finding candidates for that company to hire, then you must clickthe Yes, I am button and then read and agree to comply with Handshake’s third party recruiting policies (by checking the agree to comply box).

 If you are not a third party recruiter (meaning you work for the employer you’re creating the account for), click the No, I am not button and click Finish.

8. You will be taken to a confirmation page, and you will shortly(within 5-10 minutes) receive a confirmation email (to the email address provided) with a link enabling you to confirm your account. You must click this link before you can proceed with the registration process. If you don't receive a confirmation email, see the steps outlined in this article


9. When you click the link in your confirmation email, you will be brought to this page:

10. If your company is displayed on this page you will click Join next to your company name. You can also click Create Company from this page if you do not see your company listed. Read How do I create a company profile to learn more about completing your company profile in Handshake. 

1. If this is not your company and you think that an additional account should be opened for your domain you should reach out to to discuss opening an additional Handshake account.


11. Next you will want to choose schools to connect to. Use the filters on the left side of the screen to narrow down schools by rank, size and location. If you are interested in connecting with all schools in the Handshake network you can click Select All in the top right corner of the screen. 

12. Click the plus in the corner of the school logo to request to connect to a particular school

13. If you are not automatically connected with your company you will see the following message:

14. To learn more about being in a pending status at your company, read What does it mean to be "pending" at a school? 

15. If you have any questions about getting started with Handshake - reach out to

+ - Creating a Company Profile

This article will teach you how to create an effective profile for your company.  If you have not registered for Handshake yet, you’ll need to create a user account before you can complete the following steps. To learn more about how to create a user account, read How do I create a user account?   

If your company already has a Handshake profile, but needs to create additional profiles for different locations or divisions, please contact 
Your account profile is an important tool because it gives you the opportunity to tell students about your company (and why they’d want to work there).
Start by using this form to look for your company to confirm whether or not you already have a profile.

If your company doesn’t appear in the search results, click the Create Company Profile button.
You will be taken to a page where you can add a company logo and a company branding image:

To add your company’s logo:

  1. Click Add a logo.
  2. Click Upload New Image.
  3. Select the logo image you’d like to use from your computer files.  Please keep in mind that a 1:1 (width to height) ratio is best for your logo with a minimum size of 150x150 and maximum size of 400x400.
  4. Click Select image.
  5. Click Save.

To add your company’s branding image:

  1. Click Add a branding image.
  2. Click Upload New Image.
  3. Select the logo image you’d like to use from your computer files. Please keep in mind that a ratio between 4:1 and 5:1 (width to height) is best for your branding image with a size size minimum of 1200x300 and a size maximum of 2000x500.
  4. Click Select image.
  5. Click Save.

Scroll down to the area of the page where you can add basic information about your company:
1. Complete your company’s information

  • Required: Company name, Website, Phone, Location, and description.
  • Additional options include:
    • Company size, public email, business pitch, and social media account information (to direct students to your company’s public and official Facebook page, Twitter feed, etc.).
    • Click the Auto Approve Staff box if you’d like to enable any user with a confirmed email address from your company domain name to be automatically approved when they request access at your company. (To manually approve all staff requests, leave this box unchecked).
    • Click the Allow Student Messages if you’d like to allow students to initiate conversations with your company through the Handshake platform. (Leave this box unchecked if you want students to contact you via email or other off-platform vehicles).

2. Click Create New Employer when you are finished inputting your company information. You will be taken to the employer landing page where you will be able to create job postings and events.
To learn more about how to edit your company information at any time, read 
How do I edit my company profile?

Chapman Connect for Staff/Faculty

+ - Joining Chapman Connect

If you are a Chapman Staff or Faculty who is interested in opening an administrative Chapman Connect account, please contact Norma Murillo at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Career Development Center at (714) 997-6942 or

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