Write the perfect job description

writing a job description

Find the right candidates for your role!

Talent sets your company apart from competitors; with top-notch co-op students you can begin building your team of skilled employees to help your organization grow.

The University of Waterloo has been piloting the co-op program for 60 years, giving us an advantage that no other university in the world has: experience in co-operative education. Over the years, we've built up a network of 6,900 active employers in over 60 countries.

From large, complex multinationals to three people startups, our employers have found a way to keep students applying for their jobs.

An intriguing job description is vital for attracting students. Your job description should explain what your organization is about, your culture, your values and what makes your company so great.

7 ways to attract a student:

icon position matters1. Explain why the position matters. Students and new graduates want to make an impact. Show them how the job is important within the organization so they can understand how their contribution will make a difference.

2. List the main job responsibilities. Tell applicants their potential responsibilities in a handful of concise bullet points. Keep it short and informative.

icon3. Keep it clear. Drop acronyms and industry specific words.

4. Let the students know what they will gain. Mention salary and benefits, but also let the students know about rewards such as skills or professional connections or how the work experience will help advance their careers.

5. Keep the job posting true to the minimum requirements. Explain what you are actually looking for in a student - try not to intimidate qualified applicants.icon

6. Define essential skills. List important skills in a separate category from non-essential skills that would be ideal for you. This will help the student discern whether they feel they would be a good fit for the position.

icon skills7. Share the fun information! If your workplace has additional creative benefits, such as clubs, team events, or potlucks, share them! Students and new grads want to know how the workplace functions so they can picture themselves in the role.

If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to contact us by phone at 519-888-4026 or by email at hire.talent@uwaterloo.ca.