Welcome to Bears4Hire powered by Handshake

Bears4Hire powered by Handshake is an on-line tool that keeps you connected with Career Services and employers. Handshake can be a vital tool for your job search process, but you must have a complete and active profile for it to be effective. Through Handshake you can:

Create your profile
Schedule an Appointment with Career Services
Upload your Resume or other documents
Apply for On-campus Interviews
Creating an Alumni Profile 


Create your profile

To do so, you must follow these steps:

  • Click HERE to create your profile (if you are an Alumni click HERE to view login instructions)
  • Select the blue [University of Central Arkansas Single Sign on] button and sign in using your UCA username and password (current students only)
  • Click the green [Add Your Graduation Date] button and add your graduation date
  • Click the green [Get Started] button to read and complete the questionnaire (you may skip this questionnaire at anytime by clicking the SKIP button in the top right corner of the page)
  • Click the green [Launch] button to confirm your Handshake account

After you have created your account, you will be given the opportunity to review the information that you entered & upload your resume. 

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Schedule an Appointment

  • Make sure that your Handshake account is activated
  • Click the [Career Center] tab in the top right corner of your screen
  • Select “Appointments” from the drop-down menu
  • Click the blue [Schedule A New Appointment] button at the top left of your screen
  • Select your classification
  • Select the type of appointment you would like, then select your preferred appointment time and date
  • Provide a brief description of the assistance you are seeking, as well as any questions you may have in the “What can we help you with?” box.
  • Confirm your appointment by clicking the green [Request] button in the bottom right corner.

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Upload your Resume

  • Make sure that your Handshake account is activated
  • In the very top right, corner click your name
  • On the drop down menu, select “Documents”
  • Click the blue [Select from Computer] button located at the bottom, middle section of your screen
  • Select the document you would like to upload
  • Optional: In the left box, rename your document
  • In the right box, select the Document Type
  • Click the blue [Add Document] button

You MUST have a resume uploaded to apply for on-campus interviews. 

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Apply for On-campus Interviews

  • Make sure that your Handshake account is activated
  • Select “Jobs” on the top left tab
  • Click “Campus Interviews” in the top right-hand corner
  • From the list of interviews, select the interview you would to like to apply for
  • If you you see a list of interview slots to choose from…
    • Click the gray [Take Slot] button next to the interview time you wish to select
  • If the interview has job(s) to select from…
    • Select the job you wish to apply
    • Click the blue [Quick Apply] button to the right
    • Answer the Work Authorization questions and click the green [Submit Application] button

Update your profile as needed. Make sure you have a resume uploaded to your profile!

If you have any problems with this process, call 450-3134. Please note that Career Services has an Interview No Show Policy. Keep us informed of any changes in your schedule and let us help you be well-prepared for your interview so that missed interviews are a matter of emergency situations only.

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Creating an Alumni Profile

To do so, you must follow these steps:

  • Click HERE to create your profile
  • Select “You can also sign in with your email address” underneath the blue [University of Central Arkansas Single Sign on] button
  • Type in a NON-UCA e-mail/preferred e-mail address (alumni only)
  • Select the pink [I’m a Student or Alumni] button
  • Complete the questionnaire and click the blue [Create Account] button
  • Check your e-mail to confirm your new Handshake account
  • Complete questionnaire (you may exit this at anytime)
  • Click the green [Launch] button to confirm your Handshake account
  • Click the green [Time Zone Updated] button

You have officially requested access to UCA’s Bears4Hire powered by Handshake platform, your account will be approved within the next 24 hours. You will receive an e-mail when your account is confirmed!

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