There are lots of different ways to find a co-op job! You can apply for jobs on WaterlooWorks while also searching externally on your own, as long as you adhere to the expectations laid out in our co-op roles and responsibilities

If you have questions about applying to co-op jobs, connect with your co-op advisor.


Five steps for applying to jobs in WaterlooWorks

Step 1: Search for jobs in WaterlooWorks Consult the important dates calendar to determine job posting open and close dates.

Search for jobs using the job boards in WaterlooWorks (Hire Waterloo Co-op, Hire Waterloo Other, Campus Connect) and build a shortlist of jobs that interest you.

Finalize your shortlist and decide how you will prioritize your applications.

Note: there are certain application limits you must abide by for each employment cycle, depending on your program. Visit our important dates calendar for information about employment cycles, and our WaterlooWorks help: Apply for jobs page for more information on application limits.

Not sure what jobs you’re interested in? Book an appointment to chat with a career advisor about your career goals.

Step 2: Take note of job application requirements Each job description will list requirements for the position, and it’s important that you read and consider these carefully before applying. Every time you apply for a job on WaterlooWorks, you are agreeing to:
  • Attend any interviews
  • Honour any match results
  • Commit to all job requirements specified in the job description, including:
    • Work term length/time commitment (e.g., while most co-op jobs are 16 weeks in length, some employers might require an eight-month or two work term time commitment. If this is the case, you must have faculty approval to complete an eight-month work term before applying.)
    • Work location
    • Transportation requirements
    • OSAP eligibility
    • Any other job eligibility requirements stated in the job description (including the special job requirements section) or discussed at the interview
Important: If you cannot honour an employment match for reasons that were clearly stated in the job description or interview, you may be penalized. For more information, review our co-op roles and responsibilities.
Step 3: Create application packages  When applying to jobs in WaterlooWorks, you must upload and submit specific application packages for each job.

Employers will request specific documents within each job description (under “Application information”) and you can only apply by submitting all required documents. You will not be able to apply if you don’t include all the required documents. 

If the job posting has closed, you need to contact your co-op advisor.

For help with your application documents, check out the Centre for Career Action’s drop-ins, appointments and workshops! 

Visit the WaterlooWorks Help pages for the explanation on different types of application documents and how to upload documents to WaterlooWorks.

Step 4: Submit your application for jobs in WaterlooWorks  To submit an application for a job on WaterlooWorks, hit “Apply” next to each job you’d like to apply for and submit the required application documents.

Once you apply, your application package will be frozen and no changes to your work history or grades will be included. If you’d like to update one of your application documents before the application deadline closes, you can cancel your application and resubmit with the updated documents. 

Reminder: Anytime you apply for a job on WaterlooWorks, you are agreeing to attend any interviews and honour any matches associated with that job. For more information, review our co-op roles and responsibilities. If you’ve applied to a job in error, contact your co-op advisor immediately. 

Tip: Don’t wait until the last minute to apply! Extensions will not be given to students who have not completed their applications by the time postings close.
Step 5: If you receive an offer from outside the WaterlooWorks Co-op Job board If you’ve been applying to jobs on the WaterlooWorks Co-op job board and then receive an offer outside this job board, you could still have time to remove your other WaterlooWorks applications and interviews. This largely depends on when you received your external offer and whether the job qualifies for co-op credit. 

Visit this page and connect with your co-op advisor ASAP to discuss your options!

Questions about a specific job posting on WaterlooWorks?

Please don’t reach out to employers - connect with your co-op advisor and they can help you out!

If something sounds suspicious on a job description, check out the resource below for tips on how to protect yourself from potential job posting scams.

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