Skip to main content

Victoria Cottell

SFU Staff
Arts + Social Sciences, Communication, Art + Technology
Co-operative Education

empty
A sign saying You Got This
Credit
Prateek Katyal on Unsplash
Keep applying. If you are not having any luck with getting interviews, meet with your coordinator or advisor for advice on how to improve your documents to increase your chances of being selected.

This article was originally published in the Arts Co-op Connect newsletter in Spring 2013.

Apply, Apply, Apply!

One of the most common reasons for a co-op student not securing a position is the lack of applications. The more positions you apply to, the better your chances of getting an interview and with more interviews, the better your chances of securing a position.

Be Flexible

Apply to positions that are 4, 8 or even 12 months. Even try applying to positions outside of the Lower Mainland. There are some great positions in other parts of the country and other parts of the world! Experience a new city or country! Apply to positions that look interesting but may not be in your faculty. For example, try applying for Communication or Business positions.

Use Available Resources

As a co-op student, you have access to many resources including your co-op coordinators and student advisors. They can help with resumes, cover letters and practice interviews. There are also work reports from previous co-op students that you can read, the SFU OLC (Online Learning Community), Interview Stream, and additional workshops such as the Resume Design Makeover Workshop.

Be Persistent

Keep applying. If you are not having any luck with getting interviews, meet with your coordinator or advisor for advice on how to improve your documents to increase your chances of being selected. If you are getting interviews but no offers, see your coordinator or advisor to do a practice interview to see where you can improve.

Beyond the Blog

  • Victoria Cottell Jan 5, 2013
    Like to recommend this item
    visibility  12

Author

Victoria Cottell

SFU Staff
Arts + Social Sciences, Communication, Art + Technology
Co-operative Education

Posts by Author

View of Dusseldorf, Germany at sunset
Blog
Building Bilateral Relationships: International Co-op in Germany During a Pandemic

Though a move across the world during a pandemic was daunting, I was comforted by my German language ability, my experience having spent time in the country, and the strong co-op support team that stood behind me. 

Picture of Ivan standing in front of a memorial.
Blog
5 Myths About a Federal Government Co-op that You Need to Know!

What comes to mind when you hear someone say, “I work for the federal government”? Let’s be honest, if you have never had a job in this sector, those words may sound intimidating, intense, and kind of complex. There are quite a few misconceptions about what kind of jobs there are in this field and what kind of benefits they can bring.

person writing in a journal
Blog
Finding Your own Opportunities: Writing a Letter of Introduction

Do you have a dream job, or even a dream company to work for, but you don't know how to approach it? Co-op advisor, Victoria Cottell shares how to write an awesome letter of reccomendation that is relevant to any job seeker.

You Might Like These... Co-op Reflections, Professional Development, Career Exploration, Seeking, Work Term Extension

author, courtney, smiling
A Second Term in Government: More of the Same?

Having completed my first work term for Health Canada as a Communications Officer Intern, I was eager to try something new, and the government was not where I believed that was going to happen. That is until I was offered a position at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada...

tower in ottawa
Increasing Your Chances of Working for the Government

With the stability and the opportunities that a government position provides, it’s not surprising that a lot of students are interested with working for the government. The What Can I Do in Government session gave students an opportunity to network with a panel consisting of alumni, current students and managers who are experienced in working for the public sector. Read on for some insights and tips that the panelists provided!

a portrait image of a woman smiling and looking into a distance
Self Discovery

In the changing labour market there are increased opportunities for seeking your own Co-op placement through a Self-Directed Work Search. In this 3 steps blog series by our career advisor Heather Williams, learn about how to successfully conduct self-directed work search from self-discovering to landing an informational interview.

A sign saying You Got This
library_books
Blog
Job Search Tips & Tricks
Seeking, Career Exploration, Job Search, Professional Development, Student Success

Victoria, student advisor for the Arts co-op program, shares her top four tips to help you become a more competitive candidate for today’s job search as a co-op student. 

You Might Like These... International

picture of a bunch of hand-painted bowls
International Studies: Experiences Abroad Set Students Apart

International Studies (IS) is a fairly new faculty at SFU. How can students in IS market their unique perspectives and skill set to potential employers? Read on for advice from Jan Bérubé, Manager of Academic & Administrative Services for the School for International Studies, and for some upcoming events with international-focused employers.

person looking through binoculars
5 Tips on Seeking Your Next Co-op

Seeking semesters can be difficult; especially in a pandemic. Samuel, a Business co-op student, experienced this difficulty while searching for their position as a Product Strategy Intern with SAP. Although emotionally turbulent, Samuel was able to persist through their seeking semester and experienced a number of learning opportunities that has shaped their perception on job seeking. Read Samuel's 5 Tips for Seeking Your Next Co-op to learn how to make the best out of your seeking semester. 

Adrian Quiroz and his friends
Teaching English Abroad? Top 5 Tips for Success

Adrian Quiroz is a fourth year student of French, Linguistics, and Speech Sciences at Simon Fraser University. After teaching English in France, he wanted to share his tips for success. Read more to learn about Adrian's experience, and his invaluable tips!