The more search methods you use, the greater you increase your opportunities in finding a CO-OP position...
Do not depend on ONE method to search for a CO-OP, use many different methods. You can use any of the methods listed below as well as other methods you develop on your own:
Communicating with friends, family, business persons, instructors, advisors or anyone in your field. You may discover an opportunity you never knew existed. (This also includes internet-based social networking sites such as facebook, Linked-In, etc.)
Wall of Fame
Collection of business cards posted in the hallways of the Co-op office on-campus. Please be aware that when visiting the Wall of Fame, some of the information may be outdated, however, you should be able to find current information on the internet, or consult our office should you need assistance.
Help Wanted ads
Keep watch of postings in newspapers located where you are searching for a CO-OP. Keep in mind that even if the ad listed is for a position you are not 100% qualified for, the company who listed the position needs help in some capacity, otherwise they would not have posted the ad. Contact that company anyway, informing them you are looking for a position of a different kind, something part-time/temporary (like a CO-OP).
Some examples (please work hard to discover your own, use these as a starting point. These sites have LIMITED success rates and should be used in combination with other methods):
Some examples (please work hard to discover your own, use these as a starting point):
Chamber of Commerce
Contact your local Chamber of Commerce office for company listings in that area. A Chamber of Commerce office is an organization uniting business, manufacturing, professional firms, non-profit organizations and government entities; creating a unique central organization working to improve business and economic development and building a stronger community. Examples: "Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce", "Denver Chamber of Commerce", "Toledo Chamber of Commerce", "Seattle Chamber of Commerce", etc...etc...
Use this Chamber of Commerce Directory
“Cold-calling” a company is when you call a company without having a contact person’s name to use during the time of the call. Use the following approach as a guide when calling in this manner. (Please use this as a GUIDE. You should personalize this to fit your own style.)
1. May I speak with whomever is responsible for hiring new employees?
2. Are you hiring for [Insert season Spring, Summer or Fall here] positions?
> Save details about CO-OP and your status as a BGSU student until later in this conversation to avoid overwhelming the employer with too much information at one time.
3. Ask for more details such as…Which positions? How do I apply? What are the job duties?
> Here you are building a rapport with the employer, letting them get to know you and showing that you are interested in the company.
4. At this point in the conversation you will have learned if a position exists and if it could be used to fulfill your CO-OP requirement.
> It is at this time that you begin to speak with this employer about your status as a student majoring in ___________ at BGSU and that you would like to use this work experience to fulfill your BGSU Co-op requirement for graduation.
CO-OP Office follow-up
We can advise you how to search, send companies letters, emails or call them on your behalf. (while at the same time, teaching you how to do this as well)
Resume & Cover Letter Resources
Professional Associations & Organizations
- Advanced Technological Education
- Aviation Students
- Architectural/Environmental Design Studies
- Construction Management
- Electronics & Computer Technology
- Manufacturing Technology
- Mechanical Design Technology
- Visual Communication Technology
These are all successful methods for locating a CO-OP position and are very powerful when time and effort are applied. Keep yourself motivated and keep in mind that our office is always here to help so please contact us should you have any questions or need more ideas.