Competing for Co-op Jobs

The hiring process for co-op jobs is similar to what you’ll find in the real world: jobs must be won in competition with all applicants for the position, which includes other University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) Co-op students and possibly students from other universities if the employer chose to post with multiple schools. 

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5 Tips for Job Search Success

As partners in your success, we’ll make every effort to support you in your career training and job search. However, it’s important that you play an equally active role. Over the years, we’ve noticed a few common trends with our most successful students, and have compiled them for you:

  1. Actively attend your co-op courses
    We all know that life can get busy, but ensuring that you set time aside to attend the COPD11, D12, and D13 courses can help to develop your career savviness, and helps maintain your job search as a top priority.

  2. Make a habit of checking Career Service Manager (CSM)
    Kick-start your job search process by regularly checking into CSM from the moment that you get access to job postings. There are many positions that are posted early in the term, so it’s a prime opportunity to get ahead of the pack and secure a job quickly. How often should you check and apply for jobs? We recommend checking CSM daily, if possible, and then applying to as many jobs in each week as you can. 

  3. Stay in touch with your work term engagement coordinator
    Your work term engagement coordinator is your point person for support, advice, and encouragement, so stay in close contact with them. The better they know you, the more they can help (and possibly even point you in the right direction for a new posting that you haven’t seen yet!).

  4. Be available to meet in person
    You never know when you’ll be invited to attend an interview or a meeting, so it’s important that you stick around Toronto to be there in person. If it’s unavoidable and you know you’ll be out of town during your search, let your work term engagement coordinator know.

  5. Read posting details and deadlines carefully
    Start a relationship with your potential future employer off on the right foot: apply on time, and don’t miss the application details. Make sure that you read each job posting carefully before you apply, taking careful note of the application method and deadline. We cannot accept or forward late applications to the employer.

A Word on Inactivity During Your Job Search

If maintaining a high level of activity is a challenge for you, it’s best to reach out to your work term engagement coordinator to help develop a job search action plan. If inactivity continues, they’ll reach out to you to discuss options to defer your work term.

Finding Co-op Jobs through CSM

As an Arts & Science Co-op student, you'll have access to high-quality, reliable opportunities that have been carefully reviewed and approved through CSM. Once we have confirmed your eligibility to participate in a job search cycle, you'll gain access to the job postings that are relevant to your academic program.

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Finding Your Own Work Term 

From time to time, students choose to conduct an independent job search in conjunction with a search for a pre-approved work term on CSM. If this is an option that you’d like to consider, make an appointment with your work term engagement coordinator to discuss your plans and get to know the requirements and process.

Why are some jobs available to other Co-op students?

The world of job-seekers is a competitive one, where recruiters look to obtain the widest possible pool of applicants. This type of competition also extends to co-op students across Canada; no matter what program or university, co-op students are sometimes in competition with others for similar roles. 

So what's the advantage? As a U of T co-op student, you receive an unparalleled amount of training and preparation — over 55 hours! — before you even begin your first work term. The job search tools, knowledge, practice and preparation, coupled with U of T’s academic prowess will set you apart from the rest. By far, this is your biggest asset.