Find A Job

Launching a career is hard work. The reality is that it takes focus, time, and significant effort to find an opportunity that is a good fit for you and your future employer, and that will allow you to develop your skills, gain experience, grow your career, and have an impact. Be persistent in your search, and:

Start Looking Early
Late August is the best time to start looking for a summer job or new grad position, as fall is the peak recruitment period for companies looking to hire university talent. Many large organizations complete their hiring by November, so start your search early to avoid missing out on many great opportunities.
Leverage Our Workshops & Resources

To develop the skills needed to conduct an effective job search, learn more about developing your professional network, how to access the hidden job market, and make the most of a career fair, register for one of our free workshops

Also, be sure to check out our custom-created handouts - available in the EEC Resource Vault -  that detail best practices and provide helpful tips on everything from career planning to resumes, cover letters, interviews, networking, and more.

Plan Your Job Search

As with any project, planning is the key to a organizing a successful job search. Lay the foundation of your search by researching companies of interest to you, and connect with individuals within those organizations who can answer your questions and tell you more about the company. Take advantage of on-campus events, such as company information sessions and career fairs, to tap into the hidden job market and network with potential employers.

Attend a Career Fair

To explore the career path options that your engineering degree makes possible - and learn more about companies, what it would be like to work for them, and what they look for when they hire - participate in the Career Centre’s annual Careers Day and Engineering Students’ Society’s annual Engineering Career Fair.

To help you prepare for the upcoming virtual events, attend our How to Wow at a Virtual Career Fair workshop, and check out these articles:

Four Ways to Make the Most Out of Your Virtual Networking Events

How to Succeed in Virtual Job Fairs: Tips for Job-Seekers

Get Involved & Build Your Network
One of the most valuable things you can do to make yourself competitive in the job market is to get involved and build your network with intention. Whether your involvement focuses on engineering projects, community engagement, athletics, creative arts, or leadership doesn't matter. The important thing is to connect with groups that interest you/align with your career goals, and which can help develop your soft and/or technical skills all while building your network. Numerous opportunities exist both on- and off-campus; find ideas on our Get Involved page.
Access Online Resources

Online job boards and employment databases are continually being updated: make it a habit to check Place Pro and other employment websites regularly to stay on top of the latest opportunities. Many positions are filled before the posted application deadline - be sure to apply early so your application is considered!

Not sure where to look? Our Engineering Your Career: Access Helpful Resources document - available in the EEC Resource Vault - includes over 75 websites with information on Career Planning, Industry Info, Networking, Job Postings, Salary and Job Search Resources.

Given the current economy, we also recommend that you check the websites of your top 10-20 companies on a weekly basis -- or better yet, send them an unsolicited resume and cover letter that communicates your interest and lets them know what you can do for them.

 Last Update: October 19, 2020