Your co-op job posting is the students’ first impression about the experience they will gain with you as an employer. The key to attracting co-op students is to provide a detailed and informative position description. When drafting your co-op position description, try to include the following:
Position Title: Descriptive titles such as Communications Assistant, Web Developer, Research Assistant, Travel Counsellor or Special Events Coordinator are more interesting to students than a generic title like Co-op Student.
Student Testimonials: Quotes from previous co-op students can be helpful. Please contact the Co-op Office to see if we have a testimonial on file for your organization.
Specific Duties: The more you can tell students, the better. Separating duties into primary and secondary responsibilities is effective. Students also appreciate having a specific project or assignment they can “own”. This is beneficial for them when they’re developing their portfolios and resumes.Providing the percentage of time spent on each duty listed is also a great benefit to students who are seeking work terms that provide a specific learning opportunity.
Qualifications: Be sure to include specific information about skills and aptitudes required such as computer programs and languages. Be sure to note which are necessary and which are considered an asset.
Salary Details: Salaries influence students’ choices and those that are TBA, to be announced, are not attractive. Students are more likely to apply for positions that have salaries, or at least a range, included. If you provide travel/and or accommodation assistance for out of province opportunities, this should also be noted.
Employer Information: A paragraph about the company/or department is helpful. Students appreciate learning about the reporting structure, how long you have been a Mount co-op employer, and if they will be working with Mount graduates.
Additional Information: You may want to provide a link to your website or a link to an online video that provides more information on your organization.