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  • If you have a question, please use our enquiry form or message us on Facebook giving as much detail as possible about your query. We'll aim to respond to queries within one working day.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is Handshake?

All Cambridge students, postdocs and alumni are encouraged to use Handshake - you can use it to book appointments, search for and apply for jobs, find out about employer events and fairs, and more.

Q. How do I book an appointment?

Appointments are bookable through Handshake. We have a Fair use policy to ensure we can provide as many users as possible with appointments.

Q. I can't see any appointments on Handshake, does that mean they are all booked up for the rest of the term?

No. During periods of high demand appointments are booked quickly and you need to check regularly for their availability. Appointments are released from 11am each day, bookable for 2 days ahead.

Q. I am an alumni, can I still use the Service?

Yes, all graduates of the University are able to use the Careers Service. Use Handshake to book appointments, browse job postings, register for events and workshops, access resources, make and track job applications, and receive tailored careers information. You can also use Handshake to connect with and expand your professional network from your “My Profile” page.

Q. Do I have to know what career path I am interested in?

No. We have a range of appointments available depending on whether you have no idea, a few ideas, or a clear idea of what you want to do career-wise.​ Our Career Essentials material is a good place to get started.

Q. Do you offer advice about postgraduate study as well as jobs?

Yes. We can talk through whether postgraduate study is a good option as well as helping you through the application process with advice on personal statements, statements of purpose or research proposals and sources of funding.

Q. I need help on an aspect of the recruitment process, what can you offer?

There can be many stages in making an application. Our most popular sources of help include our CV and Cover Letter Guides for undergraduates and masters students or PhDs and postdocs and practicing psychometric or ability tests. We are subscribed to JobTestPrep to help you practice psychometric tests; CaseCoach for practising case study interviews for management consultancy and ShortlistMe where you can practice recorded video interviews.