Nicholls Partners with Handshake to Help Students, Employers Connect

CAPTION: Kristie Tauzin Goulas interacts with students during Grad Day Expo in 2016. (Misty McElroy/Nicholls State University)

THIBODAUX, La. — Nicholls State University invites employers to hire a Colonel as part of a new partnership.

The Nicholls Office of Career Services has joined Handshake, an app that allows employers and students to connect. The platform features opportunities for part-time jobs, internships and full-time employment.

“Handshake connects students to employers based on their profile, interests and experiences,” said Kristie Tauzin Goulas, director of the Office of Career Services. “For students, Handshake is our way to let them know what is out there. And not only jobs here in Louisiana, but with opportunities across the country.”

Three job-seeking college graduates created Handshake in 2014. The founders noticed an opportunity gap for students to connect with employers.

The platform resembles a social media app to help make the job search experience easier for students. It provides students with ways to sign up for career fairs, workshops, resume reviews and make daily appointments with Career Services staff. 

Students can also see upcoming career services events, including Colonels Suit Up with JCPenney on Oct. 6 and Nicholls Fall 2019 Career Day on Oct. 9.

Handshake is free, and employers can populate the app with job postings and other content.

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