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WaterlooWorks is Waterloo’s online system created for students and employers to manage the recruitment process.
WaterlooWorks' broad scope makes it a dynamic recruiting tool for employers, an all-in-one system for students to use to search and apply for jobs, and a record-keeping and interview-scheduling tool for Co-operative Education (CE) staff.
Don't wait until last minute to apply
Extensions will not be given to students who are logged in, but have not completed their applications by the time the posting closes.
Don’t contact employers for job details. Instead, conduct your own research on the web.
Co-operative Education will not provide the names, e-mail addresses or phone numbers of interviewers.
Take a look at the work search resources in the Centre for Career Action’s CareerHub (login required)
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 Arrange own job 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.
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.
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.
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