Job postings

Looking at job postings

To give yourself the best chance of success in the job market you’ll need to be efficient with your time, find opportunities that match your skills and experience, and understand the recruitment cycles of employers that hire graduates. This section provides tips and advice on where to begin your search. 


Where to find jobs 

Finding a job can be tough, but there are plenty of opportunities out there if you know where to look. One of the most effective ways to learn about job opportunities is through your network of friends, family and acquaintances, but there are also multiple resources available at UBC and online.


Understand recruiting cycles

Not all companies and industries have the same hiring/recruiting cycles.

Large companies typically:
(e.g. Deloitte, KPMG, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo, IBM, TELUS)

  • Have structured recruiting programs and cycles
  • Recruit in the fall for graduate positions
  • Recruit in the fall and/or spring for summer positions
  • Start posting jobs on COOL in August/September
  • Hire Co-op students
  • Offer new graduate training programs

Smaller companies typically:
(e.g. Coast Capital Savings, Whistler Blackcomb, Pacific National Exhibition, Bench Accounting, Vision Critical, 6S Marketing, Concert Properties)

  • Recruit throughout the year as positions come available
  • Hire Co-op students when necessary
  • Do not offer formalized graduate training programs

Consider these factors when looking for jobs online and when considering various industries and companies.


Job application tips

  1. Don’t wait for the deadline - apply to the posting ASAP. Employers may choose to close the posting sooner than the published deadline.
  2. Tailor your cover letter and resume to each posting.
  3. When applying to jobs via email, combine all documents in a single PDF (if possible, or unless otherwise instructed) and include your name and relevant information in the file name.
  4. Apply with a cover letter or introductory email even if not requested.
  5. PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD, PROOFREAD!


Online resources

COOL: Career Options On-Line

COOL is UBC Sauder’s job, events, and career resource database. Exclusive access is given to UBC Sauder students and alumni. Use it to search for job postings, set up alerts to let you know when relevant opportunities arise, apply for jobs directly, and access international resources like Going Global and MyWorldAbroad.

Careers Online

CareersOnline is UBC’s online career services system. All UBC students and alumni have access to job postings on this system.


Did you know...

...that there were 4600+ jobs posted by 1200+ companies on COOL in 2013? If you're searching for a job, it's worth investigating COOL multiple times per week.

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