Off-Campus Employers

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Welcome, off-campus employers!

Thank you for choosing to support the education of our students through the student employment experience. Off-campus employers may use the services of the Student Employment Office to hire Pepperdine students.  All employers (nonprofit organizations, for-profit companies, and private citizens) may use our free job portal website called Handshake to list available positions (see instructions below on how to access Handshake). 

Examples of commonly posted part-time positions include:

  • tutoring
  • babysitting/part-time nanny
  • dog walking
  • house sitting
  • personal assistant

Off-Campus Employer Resources

What is Handshake?

Handshake is Pepperdine University's online job-posting platform that is utilized by both employers and students. 

Student Employee Salaries

Student employee salaries are at the discretion of the employer, but all jobs must have a base pay of $9.00 or more to be within compliance of the State of California's minimum wage requirement.

Process for First-time Users of Handshake

If you are interested in posting a job at Pepperdine, and it is your first time using our services, please follow the steps below:

1. Go to Handshake: https://pepperdine.joinhandshake.com/login

2. Simply click on Employers.

  • Once you select, Employers, choose "Need an Account?"
  • Here you will be prompted to answer a few questions and set up a Handshake account.
  • Upon verification of your email, you can log into the system and set up your profile.

3. After you have registered and provided a job description, the Student Employment Office will review the registration and the job posting. You will receive an email within three business days regarding the approval status of the position.

After Account Approval/Returning User of Handshake

If your registration has been approved and you would like to post a job, and/or if you are an experienced user of Handshake and would like to post and/or renew a previous posting, please follow these steps:

1. Go to Handshake: https://pepperdine.joinhandshake.com/login

2. Log-in using your email address and password.

3. If you would like to post a new position, click on "Jobs" on the navigation bar to the side. (If you are renewing a previous posting, please skip to #7).

4. On the right hand side of the Jobs page, select "New Job".

5. Follow the prompts and questions.

6. Click "Submit" to finalize your posting.

7. If you would like to renew a previous posting, you can view previous or expired job postings by:

  • Click on "Jobs" from the right-hand navigation toolbar.
  • On the upper-right hand side of the page, select "Postings"
  • On the right-hand side of the page under the filter options, check the box titled "Include Expired Postings."
  • This should bring up all current and expired job postings that have been made by your company or department
  • Click on the employment position you are looking to repost
  • On the right-hand side of the page, select "Duplicate this Job"
  • You will then be able to edit a Copy of the position you made. Be sure the adjust any necessary information, the title of the job posting, and the expiration date.
  • Go through all questions carefully and make any necessary changes.
  • Click "Save Changes" of "Create"

NOTE: We do not approve positions that are commission-based, and/or provide room and board as the only means of compensation. Please provide a set salary (such as an hourly rate pay, weekly pay, or monthly pay depending on the nature of the job.)

How do I remove a job posting?

If the student accepts the job and you do not require additional help, remove the job listing online or contact us so that we can remove the position from Handshake. Job postings will be removed automatically after a set period of time, but if you would like to remove your job listing, please follow the steps below:

1. Go to Handshake: https://pepperdine.joinhandshake.com/

2. Log-in using your email as your username and the password you used to register on the website.

3. Click on "Jobs" on the right-hand navigation toolbar

4. Click on the position you are wanting to delete

5. Select "Edit"

6. Click on the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the page to select "Delete"

This action will "delete" the posting from the system and will not archive it.

Pepperdine University Right to Refuse Service Policy

We reserve the right to refuse service to employers due to any of the following: requiring at the time of application personal information such as social security numbers; misrepresentation by dishonest information or absence of information; inability to certify the employer or business; fraud; harassment of Pepperdine University students or staff; breach of confidentiality; failure to adhere to these policies and/or any violation of Pepperdine University rules and regulations, and local, state, or federal laws. See the State of California's Department of Industrial Relations website for more information.

We are grateful to have individuals like you who provide opportunities for our students. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

The Student Employment Office

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