Careers and Employment

Employers hiring a NAIT Student

Account updates

Why should I use a corporate or company email address to set up an account?

Employers' accounts are reviewed and approved before career postings are made available to students. We encourage the use of a corporate or company email if available. This will assist in identifying legitimate employers in our system and expedite the process your account request.

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How can I update my email address and other personal information?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left section of page: Click on Account > Personal Info. Enter your new information and click Submit.

NOTE: If you wish to update the email address on your account, a confirmation message will be sent to the new address once you submitted the change. You must open this email and click on the verification link inside for your change to be processed. Email address changes can take up to eight hours to complete. In the meantime, you can continue to access your account using your existing log in credentials.

If you try to update the email on your account and you get a message that the email address is already in use, please use the forgotten password tool on the login menu to reset your password. If you are using a shared corporate email address (e.g.: recruiting@company.com), we recommend you contact your department email administrator for the password prior to resetting it.

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Job posting

How do I post a job in Symplicity?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left side of the screen.

  1. Click on Jobs > Job Postings
  2. Click Post a Job
  3. Enter the information and click Submit.

Your posting will show as pending until it is approved. Usually within 1-3 business days, you will receive an email confirmation. Once approved, students will be able to view your job posting. NOTE: All form questions marked with a red asterisk need to be answered.

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How do I repost a position in Symplicity?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left section of page

  1. Click on Jobs > Job Postings
  2. Click Post a Job
  3. At the top of the form, open the dropdown next to Copy Existing Field. Click Show Archived to view postings.
  4. Select the job you wish to repost, review the information, make any necessary edits and click Submit.
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How long does a job posting run?

Most postings are listed for 30 days prior to the application deadline. You will be sent an email 7 days prior to the deadline that will ask you whether you wish to repost. If you are reposting a current posting, please update both the posting and deadline dates and submit. If you need to close the job earlier than the deadline, you can do that in the system from the job list. Simply change the deadline date and submit.

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How do I view my posting at the school's website, to ensure it has been properly received and is visible to students?

You are able to preview how the job will appear to students during the posting process. Upon approval of your submitted job form, your posting is automatically visible to students.

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How can I make edits to my job posting?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left section of page

  1. Click on Jobs > Job Postings
  2. Find the job on the list and click on the job title
  3. Enter your edits and click Submit.

Edited jobs are subject to approval prior to reposting. You will not be able to edit your posting at that time.

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Passwords and login

How do I change my password in Symplicity?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left section of page

  1. Click on Account
  2. Click on Password/Preferences
  3. Enter your old password, then your new password. You will need to re-enter your new password to confirm. When ready, click Update and Submit.
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What if I forget my password?

Please click the forgot password link on the log in page. Enter your email address, and the system will send you an email containing a link to reset your password. If you cannot find the email after making a forgotten password request, please check your spam folder.

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What should I do if I attempt to register for Symplicity and get an alert that my email address is already registered?

If you are told the email address you attempt to register is already in use, please use the forgotten password tool on the login menu to reset your password. If you are using a shared corporate email address (e.g.: recruiting@company.com), we recommend you contact your department email administrator for the password prior to resetting it.

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Application Process

What options do I have for receiving resumes from students?

When adding a job posting, you may choose to receive resumes via email or online submission. If you wish to receive resumes by email, select the email option in the resume submission section. The page will refresh and create a new field that allows you to input a default email address for all resume submissions. To view resumes online, select the online option. If you select both options, students will have the option of emailing their resume or submitting online.

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If I choose to receive resumes online, where may I view student resumes?

Once logged in, open the navigation on the left section of page

  1. Click on Jobs > Job Postings
  2. Click on the Student Resumes tab
  3. Select a student and click on the appropriate icon in the resume column.
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Can I delete a submitted resume?

Yes. You can delete any job application by clicking the Delete Resume button in the options column.

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How do I create a packet of resumes to view/print?

  1. Select the resumes you would like to view by checking their associated checkboxes
  2. Click Generate Packet
  3. The packet will take a few minutes to generate
  4. You may view the resume packet in the Publication Requests tab next to Student Resumes.
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Applying for a job at NAIT

Application Process

Can I apply for more than 1 job position?

Yes, you can! When you're finished submitting your first application, click the "back to openings" button to go to a complete list of our current job opportunities. Once there, look for the next position you want to apply for and click on the job. Follow the same steps to apply as you previously did.

Tip: Don't forget to update your cover letter.

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What happens after I submit my job application?

After the competition closes, your application is forwarded to the selection committee for review. Shortlisted applicants will generally be contacted within 1 to 3 weeks after the posting closes. We will only contact successful candidates.

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I missed the closing date for a job posting. Can I still apply?

There is no guarantee that the selection committee will accept late applications, but if the closing date has passed you can call us at 780.471.7466 to find out. It's always best to make sure you apply before midnight on the closing date.

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Last time I applied I had to create a profile. What happened to this step?

We updated our system to a new, mobile-friendly version in June. You’re no longer required to create a profile. Simply upload your resume and cover letter, enter your personal information and you can apply within minutes. 

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I updated my resume and want to replace my old one. How do I do this?

If you need to update your resume, cover letter or any information you previously submitted for a job posting, you will need to reapply for that same position using the same email address you provided the first time.

Your previous application will be deleted and your new submission will be saved, so please make sure you re-submit all of the information required.

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Can I contact someone in the hiring department to find out more about the position?

Because of the large volume of applications that we receive, we ask that you wait until you hear from us. If you're shortlisted, you'll have an opportunity to ask questions about the position at that time.

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Despite having all of the minimum qualifications, I haven't been contacted for an interview. Why?

We receive a high volume of applications for many of our positions. Unfortunately, this means that only the best candidates will be shortlisted by the selection committee and contacted for an interview. This usually takes between 1 to 3 weeks.

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I don't have a cover letter or resume in the required format – can I still apply?

We need to be able to open the document on our end, so we ask that you submit a resume and cover letter in either .pdf, .doc or .docx format. You can also use any of the other accepted file formats: .rtf, .txt, .odf, .jpg, .bmp and .gif. The maximum file size is 5MB.

If this isn't possible, please contact us at 780.471.7466 to make alternate arrangements.

Note: Your original file can't contain hyperlinks or macros.

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Do I need to submit a different resume and cover letter for each job I apply for?

You will be asked to submit a resume each time you apply to a job. We recommend including a cover letter, and generally these are customized to a specific position.

We strongly recommend including the job ID of the position you're applying for in your cover letter and in the file name of your attachment.

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I noticed that a position was posted several months ago, but it continues to appear on your website. Is it still open?

All positions listed on our Career Opportunities page are still open. Sometimes there is no closing date because we're hiring multiple positions on an ongoing basis. Other positions might be open longer because we're looking for specialized skills that can be difficult to find.

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How long do job positions appear on the website?

All positions are posted for a minimum of 5 days. Some positions that are hard to fill or that require multiple candidates will often stay open longer.

Make sure you check the closing date on each posting and submit your application before midnight on the closing date to make sure your application is considered.

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How long do you keep resumes on file?

Resumes are kept in our system for a minimum of 1 year. However, if a position you're interested in is reposted we encourage you to submit an updated resume and cover letter.

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There are no current job opportunities in my field, but I want to work at NAIT. Can I submit my resume for future consideration?

We're happy to hear you'd like to work with us! Unfortunately, we don't currently accept general applications. Please apply to specific positions posted. We hope something of interest comes up soon.

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I know someone that would be perfect for a position – can I send the posting to them?

Yes! We encourage you to share jobs with family and friends. At the bottom of each posting you'll see links to share on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. You can also right-click on the posting to save a copy or simply copy the link and share with a friend.

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Can I apply for a job on my mobile device?

Yes, our application process is now mobile-friendly! You can access the system on your desktop, tablet or other mobile devices.

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Interview Process

When will I be contacted for a job interview?

If you're shortlisted for a position, you will generally be contacted within 1 to 3 weeks after the posting closes.

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If I'm called in for a job interview, where do I go?

When you're contacted for an interview you will be given all the details you need, including the location, time of interview and where to park.

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What style of interviewing does NAIT use for job interviews?

Most positions use panel-style interviews, meaning you'll be interviewed by several people including 1 person from Human Resources. We usually rely on behavioural interview questions that require you to pull relevant examples from your prior work experience.

Some of our positions require additional formal and/or informal interviews to assess fit.

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Does NAIT use screening tools when reviewing job applications?

Depending on the position, we might use different screening tools during the recruitment process. This may include a written or hands-on assignment specific to the job you're applying for. 

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I used to be able to check on the status of the jobs I applied for, but I can’t now. Why?

Our new system no longer requires applicants to create an account, which means there is no way for you to check on the competition status. If you’re a successful candidate, we will usually contact you within 1-3 weeks.

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Apprenticeship Employment and Seal Certifications

I don’t have an employer, but I want to get into the trades. Where do I start?

NAIT has a number of certificate and pre-employment opportunities. For more information, contact the Student Contact Centre.

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How do I complete my technical training period?

Your progression in the apprenticeship program is determined by the assessment from your training provider. If your training provider submits a passing mark (PDF)  for you at the completion of your class, you will complete your technical training period and not be required to challenge the AIT theory or practical examinations. The standard for determining a passing mark in technical training will not change.

This exam exemption does not apply to students attending a Pre-Employment, Certificate or Diploma Program. These students will have to write the associated period exam at an AIT office and complete any practical exams as required if they register as an apprentice.

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How do I sign up to become an indentured apprentice?

Contact your nearest Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training (AIT) office.

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What is a Red Seal trade?

In Canada, each province or territory is responsible for apprenticeship training and certification of skilled workers at a journeyperson level.

The Interprovincial Red Seal Program was developed to provide journeypersons with the ability to work anywhere in Canada. The program ensures that journeypersons are qualified through interprovincial examinations that are based on national standards.

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Where do I take my Prior Learning Assessment and Red Seal Exam?

AIT will continue to offer in-person Prior Learning Assessment exams at their offices throughout the province. Red Seal exam sessions are available at the end of final period classes. You also have the choice to get certified without writing your Red Seal exam. 

If you need information or wish to discuss your apprenticeship, please contact the AIT Information Line at 1-800-248-4823

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How do I get my Blue Seal?

To obtain the Blue Seal you must complete the Blue Seal Certification. For more information call 780.471.6248.

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When and how can I apply for my Employment Insurance (EI)?

You can apply online for your Employment Insurance up to 7 days prior to your scheduled last day of work. You do not need your Record of Employment (ROE) to apply for EI. Get your application started as soon as possible.

You can send your ROE to Service Canada when you receive it from your employer. Apprentices can call 1.800.206.7218 (in Alberta) or visit the Service Canada website for the following resources: General EI information

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How do I schedule a Challenge Exam?

All challenge exams are set up with Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Contact your nearest AIT office to arrange an exam.

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What government agency can I contact for more information about apprenticeship (questions about my bluebook, indenture, etc.)?

Apprenticeship and Industry Training

NAIT Centre for Applied Technology (CAT)
Building Suite 430, 11763-106 St.
Edmonton, Alberta T5G 2R1
Phone (Toll-free): 1.800.248.4823
Fax: 780.422.3734

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