After you've secured employment

After a job match

Congratulations – the search is over! 

Now that you’ve officially secured employment, your new work term information will appear on your WaterlooWorks dashboard in a section called Co-op Sequence - Summary. Here, you’ll find a link to your “Work Term Record,” which contains details such as your title, job location and employer contact information.

Once employed, you’ll also find the name of your upcoming co-op advisor listed next to WTS for “Work Term Support” under "Work Term Record" (your "Work Term Record" is located on the bottom right side of your WaterlooWorks dashboard). This advisor may have experience working with your employer and can answer any location-specific questions you may have, such as housing and transportation options. 

Next steps

  • Contact your employer immediately to confirm your employment arrangements (their contact information will be available on your Work Term Record in WaterlooWorks). Some things to ask your employer about:

    • Employment agreement (i.e., signing a contract or similar document)
    • Start date and end date (ensure to discuss and receive approval for any planned days off or scheduling impacts in advance)
    • Any training dates
    • Salary and payroll process
    • Location
    • Hours of employment
    • Dress code
    • Any other pre-work term things you may need to do
  • If you found employment through WaterlooWorks, disregard any upcoming interviews – we’ll take care of removing these for you and will try to find alternate candidates to take your place.
  • Ensure your contact information is up-to-date in WaterlooWorks in case your employer needs to reach you.
  • Start thinking about your goals and how to make the most of your work term.
  • Stay tuned: your new co-op advisor will reach out to you within the first few weeks of your work term! 

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Questions about your recent match?

Remember that you’re obligated to honour any matches for jobs you applied to in WaterlooWorks.

If you have questions about your new job, connect with your upcoming co-op advisor by clicking the “Send a message to advisor” button at the bottom right of your WaterlooWorks dashboard. You can also give them a call and/or leave a message at the extension listed next to “WTS.”

If something feels suspicious about your new job, check out this resource on how to protect yourself from potential job posting scams.

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Need a signature on your offer package? Visit a notary on campus! 

If you receive an offer package from a co-op employer and require a notary’s signature, you can access a Notary Public through Legal and Immigration Services on campus.

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What if I haven't found a co-op job yet?

Don't worry - you likely have more time than you think!

The last day to secure employment for your upcoming work term is actually 12 weeks before your work term ends, which means you can keep searching up until four weeks into your work term, if necessary! This gives you plenty of time to take advantage of the various application/interview cycles in the WaterlooWorks co-op employment process or to work towards arranging your own job.

Visit our important dates calendar to learn more about our WaterlooWorks application/interview cycles and specific dates related to your work term.

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