Join the conversation...
If want to search for a job without using the Co-operative Education employment process, your co-op status will be changed to "Unemployed: Student Arranged."
You may not target Co-operative Education contacts at organizations that actively recruit through our employment process.
Adding external job offers to rankings during Main Round interviews (as of Winter 2018): External job offers received during the first interview cycle can now be added to your Ranking Form as part of the Main Match process. The Job Information Form should be submitted immediately. You will be notified via message when the offer has been processed and added to your Ranking Form. Students will be required to attend all scheduled interviews. You must accept the offer through the usual Rank/Match process. This process is time sensitive - contact your Student Advisor (Work Term Support – WTS) on WaterlooWorks immediately to let them know you have an offer that you would like added to your Ranking Form.
Note: Only one offer can be added to a student's Ranking Form per match.
1. Must be paid
2. Must be full time
3. Work term length must be 16 weeks
4. Supervisor must not be related to you
5. Must be related to your field of study
6. First work term Job will be considered eligible for credit if they demonstrate they will provide a foundation for future work terms
What is foundational employment?
Take a look at the work search resources in the Centre for Career Action’s CareerHub (login required)
You can search and apply for jobs via WaterlooWorks, as well as search for jobs externally, on your own.
Meet with your student advisor (or a career advisor if you’re searching for a job for your first work term) to clarify job search strategies and to ensure you comply with Co-operative Education’s regulations and procedures.
Otherwise, you’re committed to all interviews granted until you’re matched with a job through the process.
If you have submitted applications for the First Interview Cycle, you are obligated to continue through the rank/match process. New Winter 2018 - you can add an offer to your ranking form to accept an arranged own job, all information must be submitted at least 5 business days prior to ranking deadline.
To withdraw from any interviews scheduled through WaterlooWorks when trying to arrange your own job, you must first speak with your student advisor (or a career advisor if you’ve not yet had a work term).
Use letters of Introduction:
We recommend that you write targeted cover letters outlining your relevant accomplishments and show the employer that you understand how you could benefit them.
In those letters, you may wish to include a statement such as:
Hiring a co-op student can save you money directly. You can find out more about the Co-op Tax Credit and funding programs for employers within Ontario and Canada at Hire Waterloo.
[Note: Do not use the above statement if applying to employers outside of Canada.]
More importantly, hiring a co-op student can bring immediate value to your workplace. The University of Waterloo runs the largest co-operative education program in the world and takes the professional development of its students seriously. All co-op students complete mandatory professional development courses to help them adapt to new workplaces and begin contributing away. Students are also evaluated by their co-op supervisors, and their rankings are visible to future employers.
Co-op Education will, upon request, provide you with an electronic letter of introduction that you may use to accompany your job search documents.
The letter of introduction provides prospective employers (not already actively recruiting Waterloo co-op students) with a brief synopsis of co-operative education at Waterloo.
Financial incentives for employers to hire you
Note: Organizations not eligible for the Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) are government (all levels) and other not-for-profit organizations.
Join the conversation...