- 1. How do I find status updates for jobs I applied for?
Our Employer Services team contacts all employers to follow up on the status of each posting. However, delayed replies are common, and in some cases, we may not hear back. This is the reality of conducting any job search. If an application status is provided to us, it will be updated in mySuccess and can be viewed by following these steps:
- In the co-op program section of mySuccess, click on the “My Applications” button
- Use the drop-down menu to filter results as needed and click “view”
- 2. What are factors to consider before declining a job offer
Co-op students can decline one job offer per job search term. Declining an offer means that you would need to accept your next offer. Please consider that the job search is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will receive another offer. Declining more than one offer in a term violates the co-op participation agreement and may result in your removal from the co-op program
- 1. How many positions should I apply for as part of my co-op job search?
Apply for all positions that you are interested in and where you meet most of the core requirements. The specific number of applications will vary based on your interests, experience, the term, and the economy. Students searching for their first work term and/or a summer work should consider being broader in their job search due to the competitiveness of the search.
- 2. How should I approach the job search if I am only interested in specific types of positions / companies?
Apply for those positions that are a good fit for you, but also balance this with other factors such as the competitiveness of the job search, the term you are seeking for, and the economy. If you have a narrow focus, make sure that your application(s) are of high quality. If you are seeking your first position and/or a summer work term, consider broadening your search to increase the odds of securing a position. Weigh the pros of cons of possibly not securing a position, compared to securing something that perhaps is not your first choice.
- 5. Can I apply for 4-month positions if I am available for a longer work term?
Yes, you can apply to any posting that matches or is shorter than your work/study pattern. For example, if you are scheduled to complete a 16-month work term you could apply for positions that are 4, 8, 12, or 16 months in length. Do not apply for positions that are longer than what you are available for. For example if you are available for 4 months, do not apply for positions that are 8 months or longer.
- 6. How long should I be spending on my application documents?
This will vary depending on many factors including how much time you have, the number of jobs you’re interested in, and so on. Employers expect to receive application documents which have been tailored to the position. To save time, it is recommended that you create master templates for your resume and cover letter that you can quickly adapt to match the requirements of the position.
- 17. How can I increase my chances of securing a co-op position?
Some strategies include: apply to a good number of positions (especially early in the term), tailor your application documents, prepare and practice for interviews, conduct a self-directed job search, attend networking events/career fairs, stay in contact with your Co-op Student Advisor, and use the resources in the Job Search Resource Hub on Brightspace.
- 2. Do I have a say in the date and time of the interview?
If the interview is being coordinated by the co-op office, you will be invited to sign up for an interview timeslot in mySuccess. Sign up as soon as possible so that you have more options to choose from. It is also possible that the employer will contact you directly to schedule an interview and in most cases, they will provide you with a specific day/time in their communication.
- 7. What are some suggestions for how to research the employer before an interview?
Start with the information provided in the job description. Visit their website and look at the “about us” section. You will likely also be able to find information on LinkedIn and Google. Some employers will not post detailed information due to the nature of their work and so you will need to make inferences based on what you know about the industry.
Job Offer Questions:
- 1. How will I receive a job offer?
If the position was coordinated through the co-op office, one of our Employer Services Assistants will email you with an offer. The email will also include the deadline for you to respond. If the employer has been managing their hiring, they will email or call you to offer you the position.
- 3. Should I accept the first offer I receive?
This depends on many factors including the offer itself, your goals/interests in co-op, and your comfort in risk-taking. Keep in mind that the co-op job search is competitive and there is no guarantee that you will receive another offer. If you have completed previous work term there may be less risk in declining a position.
- 8. Can I negotiate my rate of pay?
Be cautious about this, as this can send the wrong impression to the employer. Some employers have non-negotiable co-op salaries. Your ability to negotiate will depend on several factors including the industry/organization, your experience/qualifications, and the employer’s openness to negotiating. Please connect with your Co-op Student Advisor to discuss this further. There is often more flexibility to negotiate salary when you are searching for your fulltime job after graduation.
- 9. The position I have accepted requires security clearance. How do I start this process?
The security clearance process is initiated by your employer. It is critical that you monitor your email and submit any required forms to your employer as soon as they are requested. Delays in completing the forms and/or errors in the information provided can result in delays in your clearance being processed and a possible delay or cancellation of your work term. More information about security clearance can be found here.
- 10. What happens next after I accepted a co-op offer?
It is critical that you respond immediately to any requests for information from your employer; failure to do so may result in a delay or cancellation of your work term. Your employer will connect with you about logistics such as start and end dates, security clearance (if applicable), rate of pay, information to set up your employee account. They will also send you a formal letter of offer or contract.
- 12. What are the typical start and end dates for work terms?
The typical start date for a work term is the first full week of term (May, September, and January, depending on the term). The typical end date is in the last full week of the term (August, December, and April, depending on the term). The specific start and end dates are decided by the employer while ensuring that they meet the minimum duration for a co-op work term.
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