While the Career Center vets each employer it approves in Handshake, its online jobs and internship platform, those applying for positions in this system and elsewhere are encouraged to exercise caution and use common sense sharing personal information. Be aware of scams and know how to identify a suspicious job posting.

How we vet our employers

The following are five factors we consider when screening potential partner companies for approval in Handshake:

1. Office Headquarters

The employer must have an established headquarters with designated office space for employees. Offices cannot be located within or attached to an inhabited, residential home. The complete physical address of the company headquarters should be listed on Handshake and match the address provided on company’s website. Start-up companies and small businesses using office space designed for temporary or shared use will receive a supplemental evaluation and approved on a case-by-case basis.

2. Website

The employer must possess and maintain a functioning website containing detailed, accurate and up-to-date company information. Websites must be of professional quality and provide an appropriate online illustration of the company and its representatives. Suitable website domains include .com, .org, .info, .gov, .net, and .us.

3. Phone number

Company phone numbers must be listed on Handshake and match the number provided on the company website. In addition, employers must include a company phone number associated with a representative qualified to discuss matters of employment. Profiles containing “1-800” numbers and/or numbers that connect to automated systems will not be considered.

4. Email domain

The employer must register with Handshake using a corporate email domain. Employers that register using personal email domains such as gmail or yahoo will not be considered.

5. Company Description

The company description on Handshake should be detailed, accurate, and match the information provided on company’s official website. The information provided should encompass and thoroughly explain the company’s history, purpose, operations, and working culture. In order to ensure the wellbeing of our students in their future place of employment, the Career Center requires a trustworthy and transparent working environment from all potential employers.

UA resources for job-seekers

Current students

  • Wi-Fi and networking
  • Software (includes anti-virus)
  • DUO
  • IT Service Desk


  • Crimson email account
  • Loss of McAfee Virus Protection for Student Use

Best practices for an online job search

OIT resources

Security: Top Security Tips

  • Do not share sensitive data
  • Keep passwords private
  • Be smart with your smart phone
  • Only join secure Wi-Fi networks that require a password

Security awareness training

  • Social networks
  • Mobile device security
  • Email and messaging
  • Passwords
  • Privacy
  • Browsing
  • Data security and data destruction
  • Social engineering

Handshake’s Student Help Center

  • Data Ownership
  • Data Sharing Opt-out

LinkedIn’s Help Center

Actions to take

If a job/posting seems suspicious

Student Phishing Scams (OIT)

OIT has obtained reports of students receiving specialized phishing scams from hackers posing as employers, tutors and honor societies. In many of these instances, the email requests financial data such as a checking account and/or routing number. In other instances, the student may even receive a check in the mail from the hacker. If you receive a message like this, please notify UAPD. Do not ever provide credentials, passwords, or financial data over email, and if you receive a physical check, shred it and dispose of it. If you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk.

If you identify a potential scam or become a victim of a scam

  1. Report a security incident with OIT
    • What should be reported
    • What is considered an incident
    • Reporting an incident
  2. Notify the Career Center at 205-348-5848


The University of Alabama Office of Information Technology
Federal Trade Commission
Department of Justice Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section
Better Business Bureau Consumer Education
Ripoff Report