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My Degree & Skills

How can I provide evidence of my skills?

How can I provide evidence of these skills?

In this section, examples of two job postings for each Faculty are presented. These are jobs that alumni from your Faculty have obtained after graduation, and represent a small fraction of the many types of jobs that your degree may enable you to pursue. Their main purpose is to help you connect your degree skills to those employers are seeking.

Select one (or both!) of the job postings provided and use the worksheet to

  • Record the employer’s required skills (NOTE: those typical of your degree program have been highlighted to aid you in this step)
  • Provide proof from your assignments and projects
  • Develop résumé bullet points to clearly convey your skills to an employer (more advice on this below!)

Job Postings

Physician Relations Manager


  • Identify high potential lifetime value physician profiles and segments suitable for proactive targeting based on understanding of the Ontario physician landscape and how current and future changes impact physician lifetime value
  • Assist in the developing and maintaining of evaluation criteria aimed at determining highest potential physician groups
  • Assist in optimizing physician base with a focus on meeting targets while generating ancillary revenue from physician driven, outside cap sources
  • Monitor and identify red flags as they relate to OHIP volumes and physician partnerships
  • Assist in optimizing and maintain processes to support physicians through the on-boarding process in a way that maximizes their satisfaction and establishes a positive relationship with Dynacare
  • Assist in establishing and maintaining relationships with influential physicians
  • Work cross-functionally with other departments to resolve customer service issues that have been appropriately escalated

Must have:

  • Knowledge of the Ontario Healthcare system
  • Demonstrated success at building relationships and collaborating with a network of internal and external colleagues and subject matter experts
  • Strong analytical skills with ability to associate market trends with strategic opportunities
  • Full proficiency with MS Office (including Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Superior oral & written communication skills; a keen attention to detail, ability to effectively manage constraints and competing priorities

Policy Analyst

The Policy Analyst will design and analyze surveys, as well as extract, analyze and report secondary data that supports the policy functions of the organization. The Analyst will prepare briefs, reports, submissions and presentations, and provide policy advice and leadership to provincial committees and working groups, often working in collaboration with the HSJCC Network. The Analyst will maintain an up-to-date knowledge of relevant research studies, issues and trends impacting the health sector and identify common themes to prepare clearly articulated written analyses and short papers.


  • Post-secondary degree, ideally in life or social sciences
  • Experience with scientific literature, especially in the field of health science or medicine
  • Experience in document analysis
  • Experience in medical transcription or handling medical records/data is a strong asset
  • Interest in the healthcare industry
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Team player, but can also work well independently
  • Intermediate to advanced MS Office skills
  • Able to learn new technology and databases quickly

Communications Coordinator


  • Identify the objective and purpose of all product/service communications
  • Identify audience and appropriate formats for media
  • Measure effectiveness of communication strategies and success of advertising initiatives
  • Maintain and update social media vehicles including twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
  • Ensure that marketing plans are all in line with internal / external communications
  • After appropriate approvals, write and edit press releases
  • Plan, develop and execute internal communications with appropriate approvals from senior management
  • Liaise and communicate with media, individuals and other organizations
  • Write and create in-house newsletters, case studies, speeches, articles and annual reports
  • Build community relations by attending various events


  • Post-secondary degree
  • Excellent understanding and working knowledge of brand building and brand management
  • Graphic design skills and an eye for aesthetics in presentation materials
  • Highly effective project management, prioritization, multi-tasking and time management skills to meet deadlines
  • Above average written and verbal communication skills
  • Energetic, self-motivated and results oriented
  • Strong knowledge of social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn
  • Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts to groups

Health & Safety Administrator


  • The administration, documentation and management of the company’s H&S program
  • Provide a broad range of administrative support to the Health & Safety Manager, Coordinators, and Site Supervisors
  • Assist in planning and start up of new projects with respect to safety compliance
  • Maintain all safety training records and ensure compliance with applicable regulations and standards
  • Periodically, conduct field level safety meetings, tool box talks, training and relay health and safety related information
  • Maintain knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and related regulations and legislation.
  • Compile data for statistical analysis


  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and manage time
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • High degree of accuracy is required
  • Ability to work independently and in a group
  • Exceptional computer skills – Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel
  • Highly organized and able to effectively manage multiple computer related tasks

Process Engineer

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop, evaluate and improve manufacturing methods
  • Develop, implement and monitor waste reduction programs
  • Analyze and plan work force utilization, space requirements and workflow, and design layout of equipment and workspace for maximum efficiency
  • Confer with vendors to determine product specifications and arrange for purchase of equipment, materials or parts, and evaluate products according to specifications and quality standards
  • Estimate production times, staffing requirements, and related costs to provide information for management decisions
  • Confer with management, engineering and other staff regarding manufacturing capabilities, production schedules and other considerations to facilitate production processes
  • Review and make recommendations to improve flow of materials and improve current information systems in the extrusion department


  • A chemical or mechanical or industrial engineer with polymer science or polymer manufacturing experience and knowledge of HDPE, PP, LDPE and LLDPE
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, and Power Point)
  • Expert skill level in Microsoft Office Excel
  • Expert skills level in data analysis and problem solving
  • Manufacturing experience would be an asset
  • Strong interest in continuous improvement and teamwork

Marketing Analyst

Job Details:

  • Utilize sophisticated consumer modelling and segmentation tools and software
  • Provide business intelligence insights for consumer segmentation and targeting
  • Develop predictive consumer analytical tools and processes
  • Prepare data models for targeted marketing and communications tactical campaigns
  • Conduct result analysis and identify trends
  • Prepare recommendations for future campaigns and tactics based on the results analysis

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have successfully completed a post-secondary education program
  • Possess experience in working with DBM, CRM, and consumer profiling tools and software
  • Possess advanced knowledge of MS Office products including: Excel, Word, and Outlook, with extensive experience with MS Access
  • Have excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Have a passion for data science
  • Be a team player with a desire to work in a professional, innovative, challenging, environment
  • Be comfortable learning new technologies and proprietary technology systems

Environmental Technologist - Restoration Projects

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Assist Managers and Project Managers with planning and delivery of a variety of wetland, forest, stream, and meadow restoration projects
  2. Develop planting plans for restoration projects, including tree and shrub planting, herbaceous planting and aquatic planting
  3. Recommend management options to ensure planting success, such as invasive species management
  4. Assist with the procurement of materials and services
  5. Maintain effective liaison with other agencies, community groups, and the public, including stakeholder needs analysis, consultations and project reporting
  6. Assist with project management including project development; plan design; internal, external and public consultations; permit acquisition; work plan development; budget preparation; cost control and close out
  7. Prepare and format correspondence, project briefs and reports of a general and technical nature
  8. Assist with the coordination and preparation of proposals for partnership agreements and non-traditional sources of funding to assist in achieving mutual objectives
  9. Oversee the compilation, organization and maintenance of data from various sources to ensure that it is readily available to the project team


  • Diploma or degree in restoration ecology, resource management, fish and wildlife management, environmental sciences or related field
  • Excellent knowledge of native trees and shrubs and their habitats
  • Knowledge of native herbaceous plants, native aquatic plants, invasive plant species and management techniques
  • Effective and efficient problem solving, multi-tasking, creative thinking, written and verbal communication
  • Excellent computer proficiency with GIS (ArcMap) and other software (Microsoft Excel, Word and Power Point; Access an asset)
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public

Project Analyst


  • Manage small-scale projects from end to end in an agile environment
  • Execute on strategies of the project management team, tracking project progress and success
  • Coordinate tasks and facilitate information sharing across agile teams and external partners/clients
  • Organize sub-teams within the organization for short term initiatives from inception to completion
  • Check-in with project team members consistently to understand their status and provide assistance with communication issues or roadblocks
  • Align the output of multiple teams to release cadences
  • Ensure communication and documentation is current via keeping management tools up to date
  • Assist with identifying and communicating project and dependencies so that they can be monitored and planned accordingly

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of software concepts and environment
  • Strong critical thinker with superb analysis skills and focus on delivery
  • An effective communicator who can articulate information succinctly and cogently
  • Great relationship management with teams and individuals
  • Strong organization and multi-tasking skills
  • Constantly on the mission for knowledge and improvement
  • Experience with Jira, Asana and/or other project management tools an asset

Knowledge Management Analyst


  • Maintaining and creating custom reports and interpreting data for analysis using SQL, Excel and MS Access
  • Pulling meaning from data to inform data-driven decisions for projects and recommendations on improvement opportunities
  • Developing in-house productivity apps through MS Access
  • Liaising with our IT team to resolve production data issues
  • Analyzing business needs for information and providing data and recommendations that are in line with best practices
  • Working with stakeholders up to Director level to deliver presentations and provide recommendations based on what the data says
  • Producing documentation for functional requirements, specifications, technical requirements, developed applications and stored procedures


  • University degree in a relevant field of study (business, math, information systems or business technology)
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure, and accommodate changing priorities
  • A strong entrepreneurial spirit and desire to learn will also be critical
  • Strong organizational skills are essential
  • Experience with Source-to-Pay software solutions is an asset (SAP Ariba, Zycus, BravoSolutions, Coupa, Smart GEP…)

Recruitment Specialist

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities Required:

  • University degree
  • Knowledge of administrative procedures and protocol; interviewing and selection processes
  • Knowledge and ability to follow corporate policies and procedures, collective agreements, related legislation
  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines and respond to competing demands
  • Ability to exhibit discretion and confidentiality regarding employee information
  • Communication skills to provide assistance and information to staff and the public; exchange information with other HR staff; respond to routine questions from hiring managers, staff, and the public regarding recruitment matters; provide information at job fairs; and participate as an effective team member
  • Computer skills, attention to detail, and ability to use software such as MS Office, an applicant tracking system, human resources information system (e.g., Banner), the internet, report writers, training registration system, and time and attendance management system. Ability to provide basic troubleshooting support for audio-visual equipment
  • Ability to write routine correspondence, reports, offer letters, and change notices, and edit, update, and revise screening and interview tools for student jobs, in consultation with talent acquisition specialists and hiring managers

Product Development Associate


  • Research and understand the role of proposed new products to be added to the medical laboratory product portfolio
  • Research and provide input into design requirements for new products
  • Translate design requirements into documented design verification and validation test plans
  • Execute design verification and validation test plans as required
  • Design and execute required stability studies
  • Troubleshoot test results and design challenges as required
  • Initiate and maintain design history files during project development
  • Participate in risk management activities related with the product under development
  • Translate design outputs into procedures, testing methods and quality control release criteria
  • Assist with designing external verification and validation studies (retrospective or prospective studies)
  • Analyze and summarize data and write reports
  • Assist with providing data for meta-analysis white papers and publishing of peer review papers
  • Assist in other Research and Development or Product Support activities as required
  • Assist with training of laboratory or other related personnel


  • Bachelor degree in a life sciences discipline, preferably in microbiology, biochemistry, chemistry, biology or related science
  • Experience in a research or clinical laboratory preferred
  • Knowledge of or experience with GLP, GMP work desired
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, oral communication skills, and written communication skills are required
  • Must be able to work independently following a brief period of specific technical training
  • Must have strong analytical and technical writing skills
  • Excellent computer skills (MS Office, Access, Excel)
  • Organized and detail-oriented

Technical Sales Representative

Target Market: Life Sciences, Biotechnology, Pharma, Academic research labs, Contract labs, Government installations, some clinical labs


  • Performing technical demonstrations, training, installations, customer support on equipment & software
  • Maintaining an accurate & up-to-date customer database in
  • Accurate monthly forecasting for the territory
  • Achieve territory goals & targets, via proficient closing business in the territory
  • Performing Lead generation activities
  • Attending and participating in Regional and Local Product Shows


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a related Life Sciences discipline
  • Excellent communication and follow through skills
  • Ability to manage within assigned budgets and to bring projects to term
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Knowledge of absorbance, fluorescence and luminescence, Western Blot & Imaging technology an asset
  • Skills in PowerPoint, Excel, Word & CRM Database

Developing experience bullets

Now that you have determined which skills the employer is seeking and that you possess through your program, the next step is to develop effective bullet points for your résumé that showcase these skills — in a convincing manner.

  • Select 2 skills you have drawn from the previous exercise and, using the worksheet, develop experience bullets for these skills
  • To get you started, examples for each Faculty have been provided below
  • Detailed support and advice for writing effective bullets can be found in the Résumés section of Apply/Interview

Experience bullet examples

Skill required

Attention to detail

Example from My Degree

Developed/implemented fundraising plan for community project

Bullet point
  • Developed and implemented comprehensive detailed fundraising plan for funding of local playground, resulting in $10,000 raised

Oral/Written Communications

Assessed client fitness and developed treatment plan

  • Assessed client fitness and developed and wrote personalized treatment plan; effectively communicated plan to client, resulting in significant improvement in client’s fitness level
Skill required

Critical Thinking/Problem Solving

Example from My Degree

Designing systematic literature reviews

Bullet point
  • Analyzed and synthesized research findings and identified patterns to develop thesis for systematic literature review


Presenting research results in a group

  • Successfully collaborated as member of 5-person team to prepare group presentation by collectively dividing work according to each member’s strengths
Skill required


Example from My Degree

Proposal for robotic hand developed with 3 team members

Bullet point
  • Effectively collaborated with 3 team members to design proposal for wearable robotic hand for rehabilitation, receiving grade of 98%

Data analysis and problem solving

Project to remove bacteria from wastewater for assigned small town

  • Gathered and analyzed extensive data on wastewater for small town and developed conceptual design for effective removal of bacteria
Skill required

Analytical/problem solving

Example from My Degree

Developed proposal to solve town’s landfill site overflow problem

Bullet point
  • Gathered and analyzed extensive data on waste collection for medium-sized town and developed proposal designed to divert 40% of waste from near-capacity landfill site

Written/verbal communication

Group project on Canada’s energy consumption with written report

  • Effectively collaborated and communicated with group members to research and compare Canada’s and Germany’s energy consumptions; prepared15-page report clearly outlining findings
Skill required

Oral/written communication

Example from My Degree

Group project of predicting “fair value” of assigned company and presenting results to class

Bullet point
  • Presented complex valuation analysis using straightforward visuals and relatable examples in a clear and concise way to a non-expert audience

Accuracy/attention to detail

Developed program to handle company’s employee shift scheduling

  • Gathered, organized and conducted detailed analysis of scheduling data and developed efficient software solution; program now used by company for scheduling employee shifts
Skill required

Oral/written communication

Example from My Degree

Designed/documented/presented experiment

Bullet point
  • Analyzed, developed and documented experiment, clearly outlining procedures, testing methods and quality control criteria; demonstrated experiment to peers, receiving grade of 95%


Surveyed assigned wetland for groundwater contamination and wrote report

  • Independently surveyed and assessed wetland area groundwater contamination and wrote report clearly outlining analysis and proposed solution

Next steps…

For support in verbally articulating these skills to prospective employers in an interview, refer to the Interviews section of Apply/Interview. You can also book a Résumé or Mock Interview appointment at the Centre for Career Development through WaterlooWorks.

Skills by Program

Visit the University of Waterloo’s Find out More page to further explore the transferable and technical skills and personal attributes you are developing through your specific program.

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