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Helping students build their online presence and brand

June 3, 2014

Jasmine Koblik, a fellow Student Advisor, recently attended the TalentEgg Conference & Awards ceremony in Toronto and shared the following trend that is taking place in the area of recruitment which impacts coop students and graduates.

  • 93% of employers are now more likely than ever before to check students social profiles during pre-interview screening. The industry is calling this “social screening” and students need to know that it’s going to happen. Companies now want to see a greater positive web presence to learn about who their applicants are and what’s important to them. It’s not only a way to showcase their brand, but also a way to gain a competitive edge in the competitive job market.
  • The concept doing your “digital laundry” was introduced as a way to help teach students to “keep it clean” on the web but also to monitor their presence in the online space to make sure it’s a positive one.  How to bury one’s “digital dirt” was a sub topic of this chat meaning if someone has more of a negative than positive online presence, how can it be buried? This is a more challenging task but it can be done by adding more positives to try to reverse that damage. It will not replace the dirt already in existence but it will hopefully make it harder to find.
  • Depending on the jobs being applied for, employers are starting to ask for the number of Twitter followers candidates have as well as their KLOUT scores (social impact scores) to measure social influence online.
  • Students are encouraged to build their online presence by creating a  page website for free to showcase them and their brand which can easily be linked to their resume/LinkedIn account, etc.   Example: or  LinkedIn is another good way to build their professional brand online

How to Earn an “Outstanding”

February 20, 2014

Have you ever wondered what you need to do, as a co-op student, to earn an “outstanding” on your student performance evaluation?  This is a common question that is discussed between students and their Student Advisor. I had a meeting with a manager this week and he tells his students right upfront what they need to do if they want to earn an outstanding”. For this manager, a student has to do something above and beyond their regular job description. This means suggesting some type of improvement or change and the student also needs to be involved in executing the change/improvement. When speaking with students, I suggest that they ask their manager “What do I have to do during my work term to earn an “Outstanding”?  It’s that simple.

Do you have an idea for making things better in your work place? Have you identified a way to make a process more efficient?  Can you see a way to save time or money for your employer?  Anyone of these has potential to lead to an “outstanding” performance evaluation.

Student Performance Evaluation

April 25, 2013

Be sure to have your manager complete the Student Performance Evaluation with you before you leave your co-op work term. Be sure to keep a copy of the evaluation for your records. Please note that it is the student’s responsibilities to submit the evaluation to CECA and NOT the employer’s.

Cannot Use “Engineer” in Job Title

March 28, 2013

According to the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), until you become licensed, “it is against the law in Canada for students to use the title “engineer” (or any title like it). The term “Engineer” is ONLY permitted by licensed professional engineers. The terms “Engineering Intern” or EIT” are also restricted only to individuals in the Engineering Intern (EIT) Program. Unregistered/unlicensed individuals using these job descriptions on business cards, resumes (and Work History attached to resumes) are in violation of the Professional Engineers Act and subject to prosecution.

The recommendation is that “Engineering Student” be used whenever possible. Other examples of revised job titles where the word “Engineer” has been replace include:

  • Project Engineer changed to Project Manager, Project Coordinator, Project Analyst, Project Leader
  • Software Engineer changed to Software Developer, Software Designer
  • Junior Engineer changed to Engineering Trainee or Junior Designer
  • Consider using the department name, e.g. Metallurgical Process Engineer changes to Metallurgical Process Engineering
  • “Engineering Specialist”, “Engineering Professional” and “Engineering Consultant” are not acceptable
  • Titles such as “Junior Engineer”, “Graduate Engineer” or “Assistant Engineer” are not acceptable

Please review your resume and Work History on Jobmine and change any job titles to ensure they meed these ethical guidelines.

Introducing your Student Advisor

December 19, 2012

Hi everyone and welcome to the blog for all uWaterloo co-op students who have Kelly Boucher as their Student Advisor. I hope Jan_9_12_4your winter 2013 work term is off to a good start. If you run into any problems throughout your work term, please let me know right away.

Throughout the work term, I will be posting information that is relevant to your career, industry, and program of study.  If you come across information that you feel would benefit other co-op students, please let me know and we’ll get it posted.

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