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 & Incoming Freshman/Transfer Student Profile 
Signing Back Into Handshake 


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. (If you are scheduling an appointment for class credit, please put that in this 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 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/Incoming Freshman & Transfer Student Profile

These instructions are for Alumni, first semester freshman, and first semester transfer students in the Summer of 2020 ONLY.
Follow these instructions if you have attended a semester at UCA in the past and are still a current student (https://uca.edu/career/bears4hire/#create-your-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/first semester freshman and transfer students 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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Signing Back Into Handshake for Alumni/Incoming Freshman & Transfer Students

These instructions are for Alumni, first semester freshman, and first semester transfer students in the Summer of 2020 ONLY.

To do so, you must follow these steps:

  • Click HERE to sign back into your account
  • Select the “Sign in with your email address” link underneath the blue [University of Central Arkansas Single Sign on] button (DO NOT click the blue button)
  • Enter your email address in the box provided and click the blue [Next] button
  • Select the “Or log in using your Handshake credentials” underneath the blue [University of Central Arkansas Single Sign on] button (DO NOT click the blue button)
  • Enter your password in the box provided and click the blue [Sign In] button

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