Homecare/Childcare Posting Instructions

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Handshake is a wonderful tool that families and individuals in the Grand Rapids area are able to use to find assistance. This assistance could include, but is not limited to, a nanny, a housekeeper, a tutor, or an in home assistant for an elderly or disabled individual who needs an extra set of hands. Within your job posting you are able to specify exactly what you are looking for in a Grand Valley student. This could include nursing experience for an in-home assistant or a high GPA and good academic standing for a tutor. Since Handshake is primarily used by larger businesses, we have created some helpful step-by-step instructions to walk you through posting a home based position. 

**Please be sure to create an employer account and receive approval before moving on to posting a job. 

Handshake Homecare & Childcare Postings

  1.  Go to https://app.joinhandshake.com/login?_ga=2.17735418.29169345.1554391003-980872420.1544822700 to begin creating your account.
  2.  Select "Sign up for an Account" in the blue box under the yellow logo.
  3.  Select "Employer" as the type of account you would like to create.
  4.  Enter your information.  If using a generic email (@gmail, @yahoo, @hotmail, etc.), it will give you a warning that you will not be able to join an existing company.  This is okay, as you will be creating your own "company" in the next step.  When you have finished entering all of your information, click the yellow "Sign Up" button.
  5.  The next screen will allow you to select the types of students you wish to recruit (based on major).  If you do not have a preference, please select all of the boxes.  You are also able to add your alma mater(s), if applicable, but this is not a required field.
  6.  The next screen will show you the Handshake Employer Guidelines.  Please read through these and then answer the question "Are you a 3rd party recruiter working on behalf of another company?"  If you are creating a log in for your personal use, the answer to this would be No.  Then select "Next: Confirm Email."
  7.  You will then need to open your email, find the "Email Confirmation" email from Handshake, and click the "Confirm Email" button within the email.  This will take you to Step 3 of 4 - Join Company.
  8.  You will need to select the "Create New Company" button on the right side of the screen.
  9.  You will need to complete your company profile.
    • Please enter you company name as "Childcare - {your full name (first and last)}" or "Homecare - {your fill name (first and last)}"  Example:  Childcare - John Smith
    • You can skip the Company Logo and Banner Image, if you would like.
    •  For Industry, select "Other Industries"
    •  For Website, if you have a website or a Facebook page for your family, etc. that you would like to list, please add that here.  If you do not have a website, please list this webpage as your website:  https://www.gvsu.edu/studentjobs/
    •  For Location, please begin typing your City, State, Country, and then select from the drop down menu the correct location once it appears.
    •  For Description, please list what your family is in need of in a short statement.  Example:  Searching for childcare for a newborn and a 2 year old.
    •  For Company Size, please choose the range that fits size of your family.  Example:  1-10
    •  For Public Email, please leave this blank.
    •  Select the yellow "Create New Company" button.
  10.  The next step will require you to Connect with Schools.  Please search for Grand Valley State University, select the plus icon to the right, which will turn to a blue check mark after selected.  You can select as many schools as you wish to advertise at.  Once you have selected all of the schools you wish to connect with, click the yellow "Next: Finish" button near the top of the screen.
  11.  You will now be logged into your account, and you can begin customizing your Status Messages.

You will receive an email once you have been approved by Grand Valley as an Employer.  Once you have been approved as an Employer in Handshake at Grand Valley, you will be able to post your position and connect it to GVSU for our students to view. 

  1.  Log in to your Handshake account at https://gvsu.joinhandshake.com/ with your email address and password that you used to create your account.
  2.  Select the "Post a Job" button.
  3.  Begin creating your job.  Please keep in mind the following:
    • For Job Type, please select "Job"
    • For Work Study Job, please select "No"
    • Please enter a good job description in the Description box of what types of tasks the student will be performing.  Example:  Providing care for a five year old girl and a two year old boy in our home in Grand Rapids, MI.  Hours would be 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.  Light housework and laundry will be expected, as well as providing engaging activities for the children.  Reliable transportation will be required.
    • For Job Functions, please select "Other"
    • For Approximate Salary, please enter a dollar amount per hour and mark this as "Paid."  We will not post any positions without a wage posted that is at least the current Michigan minimum wage ($9.65/hour).
    • For Job Location, this will autofill from your Company that you created.  If this is not the correct location, please update it in your job posting.
    • Once you have entered all of your Basics, Details, and Preferences information, you will be asked what schools you would like to post this position at.  Select the schools from the list in the left column of the screen (Note - schools will not appear in this list until you have been approved as an Employer at that school.).  Set the dates that you would like the job application to open and close at each school, or use the "Global apply state date" and "Global post expiration" at the top of the screen to set the same dates for multiple schools.  
    • Select the green "Create" button at the bottom of the screen once you are finished.
  4.  Once you have created your job, you will receive a summary page of the job that shows that the job is in a Pending status.  All jobs will come to GVSU Student Employment for approval before being posted.  If we feel that further information is needed (you forgot to list a wage, incomplete job description, etc.), you will be contacted to provide the information before we will approve the job.  Once the job is approved, you will receive an email letting you know.
  5.  We reserve the right to expire any position at any time, if the position is found to be fraudulent or deceitful in any way.

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We'd love to help walk you through this process. Feel free to call our office at (616) 331-3238 or email us at studentjobs@gvsu.edu.