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Steps to get hired

Co-op students at Centre for Career Action in the Tatham Centre preparing for interviews
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  1. Update résumé and cover letter
  2. Keep skills profile up-to-date 
  3. Confirm your WaterlooWorks account is up-to-date 
  4. Confirm your work-term status is correct
  5. Order business cards for employer networking opportunities 
  6. Prepare for interviews
  7. Attend employer information sessions
  8. Communicate with your student advisor or a career advisor
  9. Check WaterlooWorks daily

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1. Update résumé and cover letter

Keep your résumé and cover letter up-to-date so you’re ready when jobs are posted. Keep your résumé:

  • organized,
  • error-free,
  • current,
  • and honest.

Résumé writing resources

To learn more about the résumé and cover letter components of your job application package in WaterlooWorks, please review job application packages.

Helpful tips for writing cover letters

  • Compose letters that reflect your own personality
  • Never copy someone else’s letter
  • Send handwritten letters only when requested by the employer
  • You may not have time to write a cover letter for every job you apply for
  • Write tailored letters for those positions you’re most interested in
  • Don’t address your letters to an individual. Remove the greeting line or replace it with “Dear Recruiter.”
  • For more information about cover letters, please review the cover letter how-to guide.

2. Keep skills profile up-to-date

Your skills profile is used by Co-operative Education to match you with potential jobs for which you may be qualified. The inventory is designed to record your technical and transferable skills as well as your employment interests. 

Log in to WaterlooWorks to update your skills profile and make sure it’s still relevant.

How is the skills profile used?

When posting a job, employers select from the same list of skills that students do to create a skills profile for their job postings. CECA staff are able to assess jobs' skills profiles and shoulder-tap students to apply when they have not found employment by the beginning of the continuous round of interviews. 

Your skills profile can be used by any CECA staff assisting with your employment search. The database is used to:

  • identify potential candidates for a position that might not have been posted
  • identify potential qualified candidates for an employer who received few applications
  • determine your final exam timetable to try to avoid scheduling you for an interview at the same time
  • examine ways students are developing their skill sets

3. Confirm your WaterlooWorks account is up-to-date

Log in to WaterlooWorks to ensure the information displayed is current

  • Information displayed on the 'Profile' tab comes directly from Quest - reach out to them if you see any issues
  • The 'Co-op' tab contains information about academic and work-term statuses 
  • The 'Documents' tab contains your application packages, grade reports, and work history 

Contact the Information Centre by email, or call 519-888-4026 to get a copy of your employment history after you graduate.

Double-check unofficial grade report

  • Check that your grades are up-to-date and correct by viewing your unofficial transcript through Quest. Many employers look at your marks in the job application process.
  • Once you apply to a job, your application package is frozen and changes to your grade report will not be reflected in the application package

Confirm your co-op student record is correct

  • Your co-op student record is found in WaterlooWorks. It displays the name and location of past employers, job titles, and performance evaluations.

Confirm your work-term credits are correct

Work term credits appear on your co-op student record as an employer evaluation (e.g., Outstanding, Excellent, etc.) and CR on Quest.

  • If you fail a work term, it appears as Failed on your record and as NCR on Quest.
  • If an evaluation from an employer is not received by Co-operative Education, it appears blank on WaterlooWorks, but as NG on Quest.
  • If you successfully completed an eight-month work term, it appears as two distinct employer evaluations on WaterlooWorks.

4. Confirm your work-term status is correct

Before applying for jobs either through WaterlooWorks or on your own, please ensure your work term status is correct.

5. Order business cards for networking

A supply of 45 cards costs $5.00.

Many students take advantage of personalized cards that can be used as “calling” or “business” cards when meeting potential employers either through the co-op interview process, or their own job search.

How to order:

  • Complete and submit the Business Card Order Form.
  • Make your payment in advance, by WatCard only, at the Information Centre, Ground Level, TC. Alternatively, you can email the Information Centre a scanned copy of your WatCard.
  • If you’re off-campus, you can have the cards mailed to you for the tax-included amount of $7.00 ($5.00 for the cards plus $2.00 for shipping). Place your order online, then email the Information Centre. Please include your full name, address, and attach a scanned copy of your WatCard.
  • Only pre-paid orders will be processed for printing.

Be honest:

If you’re found guilty of misrepresenting yourself on your business cards, you may be subject to penalties as outlined in UWaterloo Policy 71.

Business card Order and Pick-Up Dates for the Fall 2017 term:

Order and pay by or before 3:00 p.m. (Tatham Centre, Information Centre) Pick up after 1:00 p.m. (Tatham Centre, Information Centre)      
September 14, 2017 September 21, 2017
October 5, 2017 October 12, 2017
October 26, 2017 November 2, 2017
November 16, 2017 November 23, 2017

6. Prepare for interviews

Review the marketing yourself module> interview skills from CareerHub to help prepare you for interviews.

7. Attend employer information sessions

Employers use information sessions to promote their organization and potential co-op positions to you.

Scan the employer information sessions calendar to learn about information sessions and to find out when employers will be making presentations.

8. Communicate with your student advisor or a career advisor

If you have already had a first work term, any time prior to and during the hiring process, as well as on your co-op work term and after you return to campus, your student advisor is your main point of contact.

If you haven’t had a first work term yet, a career advisor will be your main point of contact.

The 'Send a Message' button in WaterlooWorks will always direct your inquiry to the right person.

Please view the student and career advisors webpage, for more information on what they do.

9. Check WaterlooWorks daily

Our main method of contacting you is via WaterlooWorks messages. You will also receive an email notifying you that you have a message in WaterlooWorks. Therefore, you must check your Waterloo-assigned email account regularly. Co-operative Education may try to reach you during your job search.