Career Coaching, Job Search

New Brunswick Alumni Career Advising

Concerned advisor counselling alumna

Schedule an appointment and access career resources on Rutgers Handshake

Access to Rutgers Handshake is available to all Rutgers–New Brunswick students and alumni, as well as to certain partnering departments from other Rutgers locations. Use Rutgers Handshake to:

  • Schedule career advising appointments
  • Register for upcoming programs and fairs
  • Access online tools via the resource section (e.g., self-assessment tools, mock interview systems, industry guides, and career information)
  • View and apply for internship and job listings
  • Participate in the on-campus interviewing program

There are two ways to access Rutgers Handshake

  1. Mobile App: Apple iOS device users can download the Handshake app via the Apple App Store. Discover jobs on the go and respond to employers the moment they message you. An app for Android and other devices is in development by the vendor.
  2. Web Browser: Visit careers.rutgers.edu/Handshake to access Handshake from any web browser using a valid net ID and password. If you do not remember your net ID, visit the Rutgers ID query web page to obtain your nine-digit RU ID.

Fees for advising services

To provide world-class career services to all alumni, Rutgers strives to ensure that fees are as affordable as possible and well below the industry average of $250 or more for individual career coaching sessions in the New York City metro area. The fees for Rutgers career advising services are:

  • 0–1 year since graduation: free
  • 1–3 years since graduation: $50 per appointment
  • 3+ years since graduation: $75 per appointment

Cancellation and Refund Policies

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your appointment, please do so through your Handshake account by 5:00 p.m. one business day prior to your appointment. If you have a same-day, urgent reason for cancelling, please call the office where your appointment is scheduled to cancel by phone at 848-932-7997.

No Show Policy

If you do not cancel an appointment according to the guidelines above and do not show up, it will be recorded as a “NO SHOW” in your Handshake account. After two consecutive “NO SHOWS,” your access to Handshake will be blocked until you arrange a phone call with the career advisor with whom you planned to meet.

Refund Policy

Refunds will be made available as requested for cancellations and no-shows. Please contact volunteer@ruf.rutgers.edu for assistance.


Career Resources Available Through Handshake

Exclusive Job Postings: Click here to view an RSS feed of open job postingsYou’ll need to access Rutgers Handshake to apply to any positions of interest.

Self-Assessment: Sokanu

Sokanu is an innovative career exploration system designed to help you assess your skills, interests, and values. Sokanu’s interactive and engaging 30-minute assessment matches you to a database of more than 800 career options.

To access this resource:

  • Use this link to log in to your Rutgers Handshake account with your net ID and password.
  • After logging in or creating an account, you should be directed to this resource article. If not, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the website and select “Resources” to access all career-related online tools.
  • If you need technical assistance with any University Career Services online resource, please call 848-932-0144 or email careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu.

Career Research and Exploration: Vault

Vault is the web’s ultimate destination for insider career and job information. Vault provides in-depth intelligence on what it’s really like to work in an industry, company or profession—and how to position yourself to land that job. This will help you learn more and boost your chances of securing a job offer.

To access this resource:

  • Use this link to log in to your Rutgers Handshake account with your net ID and password.
  • After logging in or creating an account, you should be directed to this resource article. If not, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the website and select “Resources” to access all career-related online tools.
  • If you need technical assistance with any University Career Services online resource, please call 848-932-0144 or email careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu.

Career Videos: Scarlet Talks

The Scarlet Talks video series allows you to view various alumni interviews to learn about roles and responsibilities across a wide variety of careers and industries. This is a great way to gather information to help with your future career decisions. You can access the videos here.

Global Career Paths: GoinGlobal

GoinGlobal provides information to assist you in your pursuit of global career paths. It can help you:

  • Review the information needed for making sound decisions regarding your global career plans
  • Obtain information that is country-specific in detail but global in perspective
  • Tap into a resource developed to meet the specific needs of global career seekers

To access this resource:

  • Use this link to log in to your Rutgers Handshake account with your net ID and password.
  • After logging in or creating an account, you should be directed to this resource article. If not, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the website and select “Resources” to access all career-related online tools.
  • If you need technical assistance with any University Career Services online resource, please call 848-932-0144 or email careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu.

Interview Preparation: InterviewStream

InterviewStream allows you to rehearse interview questions online and develop strong interview skills. You can select from thousands of sample interview questions and review your performance online, either individually or with a career adviser.

To access this resource:

  • Use this link to log in to your Rutgers Handshake account with your net ID and password.
  • After logging in or creating an account, you should be directed to this resource article. If not, go to the “Career Center” menu at the top of the website and select “Resources” to access all career-related online tools.
  • If you need technical assistance with any University Career Services online resource, please call 848-932-0144 or email careerservices@echo.rutgers.edu.