Applying for Jobs
Can someone help me with my resume and cover letter?
How do I apply for a job posted on the board?
Is it my choice where and when I go on Co-op?
If I want to apply for more than one position with a company, should I submit a covering letter for each position?
I’ve applied for a job but have not yet heard back?
I’ve had an interview and have not yet heard back?
I’ve applied for several jobs and am not getting any interview calls, why?
I’ve had several interviews but have not received any job offers, why?
What do the Co-op fees cover?
When are my Co-op fees due?
How can I pay my Co-op fees?
Is there a reduced tuition fees for self-initiated Co-op? How do I do a self initiated Co-op?
Why would I want to do a self initiated Co-op?
Do employers pay relocation costs?
Do I still pay co-op fees after I graduate?
To apply for admission, students should:
Complete the Co-operative Education Application Form.
Submit a copy of their resume.
Make an appointment with a Coordinator.
International students should refer to the section for International Students in the Admissions section.
You can see a Coordinator by appointment or walk-in.
Check with Jackie at the front desk at AH154, Anderson Hall, or call (403) 329-2000 for available times.
You can also e-mail questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to apply in your first year - the sooner the better!
Your GPA should be at least 2.50. If your GPA is lower than this keep in mind that we MAY still admit you since we evaluate our applicants on a case by case basis.
The Co-op program is for undergraduate students who have not completed their degree. If you have already graduated, Career and Employment Services (CES) in mandated to help graduates with their employment needs. CES assists University alumni with resume writing, On-Campus Recruiting and career research. CES staff are located in AH154, Anderson Hall, and can be reached at (403) 329-2187.
No. They do however increase your chances for success.
Please feel free to ask us for assistance with your resume and cover letter.
We can give you valuable tips and suggestions that can make your application a winner!
Also, plan on attending one of our regularly offered workshops. See our WORKSHOP SCHEDULE and sign-up today.
Once you are admitted into the Co-op Program you will be given instructions for logging on to our on-line job postings.
Follow the procedures outlined on each job posting.
Click here for job application process.
You have the right to decide where and when you want to do a Co-op work term.
However, it is recommended that you not limit yourself too much as that will decrease the number of opportunities available to you.
University of Lethbridge Co-op students have worked in countries like England, Germany, Israel, and the United States. You can do Co-op anywhere in the world at anytime during your degree. You should talk to the Co-op office or Arts and Science Academic Advising about sequencing your courses with work terms.
Yes, unless the posting tells you otherwise. A covering letter greatly increases your chances of being selected for an interview and allows you to relate your skills to the specific job requirements. Many applications go to Human Resources Departments and then are distributed to individual Managers.
Our office is diligent in following up with employers. Once interviewees are selected, we will notify all candidates, successful or not.
Please note: we follow up with employers after 2 weeks has lapsed. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding jobs you have applied for.
Once hiring decisions are finalized, our office will contact all candidates, successful or not. Contact us if you have any concerns.
Sometimes the recruitment process can be quite lengthy. Our office will do its very best to keep students up-to-date on the status of all positions.
If you would like to discuss the effectiveness of your cover letter and/or resume, please contact a Coordinator.
Please feel free to book an appointment with a Coordinator to discuss your interview strategies.
Co-op Work Terms are registered through the Co-op Office. Click here to see information on Co-op work terms.
A summer job can be used as Co-op provided it is related to your degree and will provide learning opportunities. A Co-op Coordinator will make this determination. You should talk to a Coordinator if you would like to use the summer full time job as a Co-op work term. This type of Co-op is called Self Initiated Co-op.
Yes, a number of students in major cities have completed courses while on a Co-op. Students wishing to take more than one course per work term must request special permission. Please contact a Coordinator for further details.
If you want to take a course you should see Arts and Science Advising to make sure the course fits into your program. You may also be required to complete a Visiting Student Authorization form to ensure you'll receive transfer credits for the course.
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In addition to your monthly reports, whenever you have a question or any concerns. If you have serious questions or concerns, please do not wait until the Monitor Visit. Keep us updated on any developments in your career/academic life. It is also recommended that you update your address and resume as often as is necessary and email it to us.
Yes, this is a growth area for our program. Watch for significant developments in the near future. If you are interested please see a Co-op coordinator.
The Co-op fees help to cover costs like marketing the program to the students and employers, salaries, photocopying, printing, tele-communications, workshop resources and the provision of interview facilities on campus.
Co-op fees are due on the last day of classes for the semester that you are on a Co-op work term. See IMPORTANT DATES.
Fees can be paid in the following ways:
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
Payable at any Bank of Montreal
Telephone Banking (check with your financial institution).
Inquiries can be made at email@example.com or (403) 329-2469
Students doing a self-initiated Co-op bear the same responsibilities (reports & fees) as any other student. There is no reduced tuition fee. See Self Initiated Co-op.
The advantages of doing a Self Initiated Co-op include, but are not limited to:
Getting that first work termunder your belt. It is often the case that subsequent work terms are easier to secure once the first one is completed.
Rate of pay at many companies is based on the number of academic courses and Co-op Work Terms completed.
First step toward getting your Co-operative Education Designation.
Personalized job search assistance. If you have special requests for specific locations and/or companies one of our Coordinators will work with you and provide you with assistance, tools and support.
Some employers do pay relocation costs. The biggest determining factor is where the employer is located. Our postings will tell you if the employer is paying relocation costs. Stop by the office if you have further questions.
Your participation in the Co-op program ends upon graduation. As a result you don't pay any work term fees after graduation.
Since you retain your full time status while on a Co-op work term, you will remain in interest free status. YOU MUST arrange to have Confirmation of Enrolment forms completed for each semester you are on a work term. Contact your loan provider for more information.
When you process your student loan, the confirmation of enrollment in full time studies is done automatically.
You get Co-op credit but you don't receive academic credit for Co-op. Co-op work terms are evaluated on a pass/fail basis and are extra to your degree. The completion of a Co-op Work Term is recorded on your official university transcript which can be shown to potential employers. You receive the real "credit" for Co-op at the completion of your 3rd work term when you receive the Co-op designation with your degree.
Not completing three work terms means you don't receive your Co-op designation. Receiving the designation does demonstrate to employers that you've taken the time to go beyond a regular Arts and Science degree. Our office encourages all Co-op students to obtain their designation.
Yes, students can complete their academic degree requirements then complete Co-op work terms, provided you have not convocated. Arts and Science Academic Advising can provide you with a letter that states you've fulfilled your degree requirements.
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