Student New Process FAQs

How will the co-op job search process change?

  • You will be able to view ALL co-op jobs and apply for ANY job for which you meet the eligibility requirements established by the employer.
  • You may apply directly for any co-op job for which you are qualified. Since cross-college referrals are no longer required, your credentials will be immediately available to the employer.
  • If you have successfully completed at least one co-op experience, you are free to apply to additional co-op opportunities without the previously required meeting with your advisor. Advisors do remain available to assist you at your request with any aspect of your co-op search.
  • In addition to a resume, you will need to complete a new “skills profile” in order to apply for co-op positions. The skills profile allows you to highlight aspects of your abilities and experiences. Employers can search the skills profile to discover capabilities and interests that potentially make you a more attractive candidate for the position.
  • In addition to applying directly to a co-op position, you will have the option to make your profile and resume available in a database of co-op candidates for employers. If you choose to participate in this new service, employers can search the database and reach out to you if they have interest in you as a potential candidate, even if you didn’t apply for the position.
  • We have introduced a new system capability to employers which allows them to extend automated offers through NUcareers. You will receive the same information about an offer as you would when receiving offers directly from an employer via text, email, or letter. The difference is that employers can now communicate co-op job offers via NUcareers. When employers choose to do this, you will receive an email prompting you to act on the offer through the system. You will have two business days to make a decision on the offer.
  • We are bringing some structure to the recruiting process by asking our employers not to extend co-op offers during a two-week consideration period (October 15 to October 28, 2018). This provides you with the opportunity to interview without the distraction of simultaneously considering offers from other employers. Please note that this does NOT mean that all interviews are occurring during this period – interviews will start as early as employers choose in accordance with their applicant pools and recruiting timelines.

When will the new processes go into effect?

  • The changes will be effective starting in Fall 2018 for students who wish to go on co-op January 1, 2019 or later. First-time co-op students may begin their job search once their co-op advisor has approved them to do so. Students who have already successfully completed a prior co-op assignment may begin applying for positions as soon as jobs are posted.

What do I need to do now to prepare for my co-op job search?

  • If you will be looking for your first co-op beginning in January 2019, don’t worry – everything will be covered in the co-op preparation course you will be enrolled in during the Fall term.
  • If you have already successfully completed that course and your first co-op, you will have access to NUcareers and all job all job postings as soon as your “pattern of attendance” (POA) is confirmed via the Registrar’s Banner system. For graduate students you are able to begin your search once verified by your graduate co-op coordinator. Once that is done you should take the following steps:
    1. Update your resume using the new resume building tool VMock. This new platform uses an algorithm based on current best practices and industry standards to provide specific feedback and an overall score to each version of your resume that you upload to the system. We recommend you follow the system suggestions and keep uploading your resume until you achieve the version you think best. At that point you may wish to share that version of your resume with your co-op coordinator for final polishing.
    2. Complete your required skills profile available on your NUcareers dashboard. The skills profile features a variety of questions/categories with pulldown menu choice responses. The profile allows you to highlight various elements of your background that employers can search on to help in both focusing on the job applicants of most interest to them and in identifying potential candidates who have opted into the co-op candidate database.

    Your co-op coordinator will, of course, always be available to assist you with any aspect of these processes or any matter relating to your co-op job search.

How do I apply for co-op positions?

  • You will be able to search NUcareers for available positions using the same advanced search tools to which you have always had access.
  • The default view from your dashboard allows you access to all the jobs for which you are eligible to apply. Application eligibility is determined by the employer based on their needs, requirements, and interests. The employer may also express preferences for certain types of candidates (e.g. students enrolled in specific academic programs) in the job description posting.
  • You may “unclick” the default view, however, to see all posted positions. You can review all job descriptions but may not apply through the system for jobs for which you don’t meet the employer’s eligibility requirements.
  • Once you apply, your application materials (i.e. skills profile, resume, plus any other required documents) are immediately available to the employer through the system.
  • While we encourage you to be thoughtful and strategic about which jobs you apply for, there are no specific system restrictions on how many job applications you may submit, nor do your applications need to be approved by your coordinator prior to submission.

When can I start interviewing for co-op positions?

  • You may begin interviewing as soon as an employer invites you to do so. Employers schedule their recruiting activities throughout the semester, so you should be prepared to receive an invitation to interview from interested employers at any time after you have submitted your application.

What happens when an employer extends a co-op job offer to me?

As exciting as the prospect is, receiving, assessing, and accepting an offer can be one of the more challenging aspects of the co-op job search. To help you with this we have implemented some important changes:

  • While employers will recruit and hire throughout the semester, we have asked our employer partners not to make offers during the two-week period of October 14 and October 28, 2018. This consideration period provides employers and students time to review the best possible work assignment matches. Employers remain free to extend offers before October 14 and again, after October 28 depending on their preferred recruiting cycles.
  • Some employers will continue to extend offers the traditional way by contacting you directly via email or phone to make an offer with a decision timeline, and then await your response. We have introduced a new system feature which will now allow employers to extend their offers to you through the NUcareers system saving time and effort for everyone.
  • Use of the new automated offer tool by employers, while encouraged, is still optional. Employers who opt to use this tool will post jobs, source candidates, and interview as they always have. When they are ready to extend offers, however, they will close their job openings, rank their candidates, enter the offer detail information including the specific salary offer and submit the information to NUcareers.
    • Before October 14, once those employers submit the information to the system you will immediately be able to see that you have received an offer on your dashboard. You will also receive an email informing you that you have an offer. Offers submitted by employers through NUcareers require that you respond with your decision within 2 business days after the email was sent. If you accept the offer, a record will be created, and you will be removed from any further consideration for other jobs. If you decline the offer, the system will automatically move to the second-choice candidate the employer identified. That person will then have 2 business days to decide. This will continue until the position is filled or there are no more candidates of interest. If you do not respond to the offer, then the system will assume you have declined and move on to the next candidate.
    • On October 29, immediately following the two-week consideration period, offers will be released to the first choice candidates allowing students receiving multiple offers to consider them simultaneously. Offers will flow from ranked candidate to ranked candidate until positions are filled.
    • After October 29, students receiving offers from employers using the automated offer tool will be notified through the system as soon as employers are ready to rank their candidates and submit their offers.

What happens if I have questions about an offer received through the automated process?

  • Reach out to the appropriate company contact to answer any questions about your offer. If you need any further assistance, contact your co-op coordinator.

What happens if I need assistance in making a decision about an offer(s)?

  • Reach out to your co-op coordinator who can assist you in thinking through your options.

What happens if I receive an offer late on a Friday and only have the weekend to consider it?

  • We’ve configured the system so that weekends and federal holidays are excluded from the 48-hour period you have to review and decide on offers submitted through the system.

What more information can I expect to see about these new features?

  • More information is available soon via our NUcareers Help website page and through our new chatbot application. The Help page features instructional videos and other helpful orientation and training content.
  • We have also added 24/7 Northeastern University Help Desk support – available by phone at 617.373.4357 or at help@northeastern.edu – to assist you with any technical or access concerns.

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