Employer Resources

The following resources and information are provided to assist you in your recruitment and campus engagement activities.

  • How to Write a Job Description

    In order to post with our office we require the following information:

    ● Complete name and address of organization
    ● Name and title of contact person
    ● Job title
    ● Job location
    ● A description of the position, types of duties, projects, and responsibilities
    ● A list of particular skills required or desirable
    ● Number of positions available
    ● Type of position (e.g., full-time, part time, summer, co-op)
    ● If co-op, length of position (4 or 8 months)
    ● Deadline for applications
    ● Requested materials (e.g., cover letter, resume, transcripts)
    ● Application instructions (e.g., apply through email, fax, in-person)

    Tips for Success
    ● Post early – The sooner you post, the larger the pool of talent available for you to consider. We recommend a posting time-frame of now less than two weeks to allow students to respond. this is an unclear statement
    ● Be realistic and thorough in your position description – Vague or embellished postings will not attract the talent you are looking for. Be specific as to duties and qualifications.

  • Tips for a Successful Information Session

    The following tips will help improve the impact of your information session:

    ● Coordinate your Information Session with an actual Job Posting. If students want to compete for a specific opportunity within your organization, they are more apt to attend an Information Session. Holding one for the sake of selling yourself as employer of choice will not resonate with students.
    ● Bring people who can speak to the skill sets of the posting. Ensure your speakers are well-coached for your message. Also, bring recent grads so students can talk to them one-on-one about their experience with your organization. Allow for mingling time.
    ● Clarify the application process and timeline. Referring students to the website is not productive.Complete name and address of organization.

  • Employment Statistics

    Graduate Employment Statistics Snapshot

    Access current and recent employment statistics gathered through Annual Employment Surveys of recent graduates.

  • Co-op Program Overview

    Cooperative Education integrates terms of full time study with full time employment. The University of Alberta Business Cooperative Education program requires students to complete three Co-op work terms (a total of 12 months of work experience) before graduation.

    Co-op Posting Schedule
    Co-op work placements follow the academic year. This means that placements can only start in May, September, and January and work either 4 or 8 months at a time. You can post jobs at anytime but typically we recommend to post and recruit 3-4 months before the hiring date:

    Example 1 - For a May Start Date - post in January/February and have the selection done by February
    Example 2 - For Sept Start Date - post in May/June and have the selection done by June
    Example 3 - For January Start Date - post in Sept/Oct and have the selection done by Oct

    Employer Co-op Requirements 
    Co-op position must be full time work for a minimum of 13 weeks (4 months).
    ● Co-op positions may be 4 (1 work term) or 8 (2 work terms) months in duration.
    ● Co-op jobs are paid positions.
    ● Job duties are business related.
    ● The student must be assigned a mentor/supervisor who guides and provides feedback to the student.
    ● This mentor will also meet briefly with a Co-op Coordinator and provide formal feedback at the end of the term.

  • Why Hire a Co-op Student?

    What is Cooperative Education?
    Cooperative Education integrates terms of full time study with full time employment. The University of Alberta Business Cooperative Education program requires students to complete three Co-op work terms (a total of 12 months of work experience) before graduation.

    What are the Benefits to an Employer who Hires a Co-op Student?
    There are many benefits to hiring a Co-op student, including:
    ● Access to a pre-screened talent pool of Business students who will bring a positive attitude towards working and learning into your organization. 
    ● Cost-effective and efficient means of evaluating prospective future employees.
    ● Optimize workforce management by utilizing co-op students to fill temporary job openings, to efficiently manage project work or to assist with peak workload periods. 
    ● Co-op students are available starting in January, May or September for either 4 or 8 month work terms .
    ● Co-op students bring a high level of energy and enthusiasm to your organization, and they provide fresh perspectives and new ideas.
    ● Co-op students often have advanced computer skills that they can transfer to permanent staff.
    ● Simple, no cost hiring process.
    ●  Co-op students are very mobile, and are willing to pursue opportunities anywhere in the world.
    ● Enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership with the University of Alberta. 

    What Can Co-op Students Do?
    Most Business Co-op Students are third and fourth year Bachelor of Commerce students. In addition to core coursework in key business disciplines, students gain more specialized knowledge through their chosen major, including:

    Accounting/Finance
    ● Record, reconcile and analyze accounting transactions
    ● Audit and prepare financial statements
    ● Prepare corporate and personal tax forms
    ● Assist with financial reporting
    ● Financial forecasting and budgeting
    ● Conduct risk assessment, financial modelling and analysis
    ● Plan corporate and personal finances
    ● Analysis and reporting of performance metrics

    Marketing
    ● Assist with brand management, product management and merchandising
    ● Create effective advertising and promotional materials, including websites, brochures and social media content
    ● Design and implement communications & public relations strategies
    ● Plan and coordinate special events
    ● Conduct market research
    ● Manage accounts and source new business development

    Human Resources Management
    ● Coordinate recruitment activities Administer pay and benefits
    ● Develop and implement on-boarding and training programs
    ● Design employee handbooks and intranet content
    ● Review and update position descriptions
    ●  Research HR best practices and employee engagement strategies
    ● Assist with HRIS functions and projects

    Operations Management
    ● Create solutions using computer-modelling techniques
    ● Forecast demand for products and services
    ● Schedule workforce and production
    ● Research optimal plant and warehouse location
    ● Design and manage distribution and transportation networks
    ● Process analysis and supply chain management

    Management Information Systems
    ● Provide technical support and training
    ● Research new technologies and products
    ● Assist with change management
    ● Manage client relationships
    ● Develop and implement improved databases and systems
    ● Conduct business analysis

    Other Majors Include:
    ● Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment
    ● Business Economics and Law
    ● Business Studies
    ● International Business (European Studies, East Asian Studies, Latin American Studies)
    ● Entrepreneurship and Family Enterprise
    ● Retailing and Services
    ● Management & Organization
    ● French Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce

  • Mentorship: Where to Begin

    The Alberta School of Business Mentorship Cafe is meant to be a highly-flexible environment with mentorship connections ranging from informal and distance to formal and ongoing. A meaningful mentorship connection can be anything from a single discussion that resulted in valuable information sharing to a consistent and ongoing dialogue related to multiple aspects of professional development. Success within our framework is not defined by the number or frequency of connections made, but by the quality of interaction and the benefit derived from the connection.

    Mentees are student and alumni participants who initiate the mentorship process initiating meetings with their mentor and asking meaningful questions. As a mentees, you work to achieve your goals in a low-risk environment under the guidance of a mentor. Mentors are trusted advisors who collaborate with their mentee to identify learning objectives and engage their mentee as an agent of his or her own learning. As a mentor, you are a guide who protects and promotes the mentee’s professional development.

    Mentoring relationships work best when they are mutual and reciprocal and when the mentor and mentee collaborate to realize set learning objectives. The mentee steers the program but mentors and mentees share responsibility when deciding on learning goals, criteria, assessment and resources. Mentees may not yet be able to identify their needs or know the right questions to ask. In this case, the mentor guides the mentee to develop their capacity for self-direction.

    Mentorship relationships fluctuate between cycles of planning and discussing, trying activities and taking action, and reflecting on new learning. There will be times when one or both of you may lose momentum and need to discuss how the relationship is going. It is also important to consider how and when the relationship will end. The focus of this mentoring program is on professional and personal development and managing transitions in the world of work. It is informed by planned happenstance, a grounding theory at the University of Alberta Career Centers.

    For more information on how to begin and develop a mentorship relationship, please access the Resources provided on our Mentorship Cafe. To join, please contact us as bizcareers@ualberta.ca.