Handshake is the ultimate recruiting platform for students. It’s the place where students, career centers, and recruiters come to meet, talk, and share opportunities.
During that time, Headway helped them move forward on their key initiatives. Ranging from front-end, back-end, and API integrations to UX, UI, and marketing design.
Multiple Projects & Initiatives
Handshake approached Headway at a pivotal time early in their company. They had just raised a seed round of investment and needed to move the needle on key metrics by improving ease of use and decreasing a user's time to achieve their desired outcomes. They had a great internal team but needed some more firepower to gain traction faster.
We worked alongside their team beginning July 2015 through February 2017, becoming an external crew to help them accelerate efforts. Throughout our time with them, five different Headway crew members helped augment and assist their team on a variety of projects, working directly alongside their team in a sprint-based approach.
In academia, the First Destination Survey (FDS) is the primary method for universities to measure their placement rates of students at jobs when they graduate. This is where the career center proves its worth, but it's constrained.
We helped Handshake create their very own FDS to help universities build their own, where traditionally they would have employed a third-party service and relied on all inherited limitations.
Providing insights to students through the personalization of events, articles, and jobs on the platform.
Multiple Projects & Initiatives
We also worked closely with the Handshake team to create and standardize many of their direct sales and marketing tools, which helped their team move faster and more efficiently.
Customization of Knowledge Base & Support Platform
PDFs & One Pagers to Highlight Key Value Propositions within Sales Efforts
Our engineering team worked with them to round out their current importer that previously failed without continuation.
The existing tool was called the “parser," but it was finicky. It would frequently error out, and usually with only 10% of the import left to go. There was no way to re-run a partial import, and debugging the code was challenging. The error didn’t always happen when the same data was being ingested. As you can imagine, this provided a pretty frustrating user experience.
After being handed a skeleton proof-of-concept project on a new build, we fleshed it out with unit and integration tests to cover existing functionality. Unlike parser, the importer was designed to keep data in sync, not just a one-time import of key data from university legacy systems.
We also created a more engaging, informative, and successful student dashboard. The new dashboard was the first component-based UI within the app that helped set the pattern for future development.
Completely revamped UI student dashboard got a much-needed facelift -both in aesthetics and interactions
A card-based, pinterest-style layout
Primary development on the dashboard for the first release
Helped establish patterns for component-based UI's
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