Applying to PEER Group
At PEER Group, we’re all about process. Processes keep our customers happy because they know what to expect when they engage with us. And, processes keep our job applicants happy because you’ll know what’s going on when you apply here!
You’ve seen our ad and you want to apply to a job…
Now, here are the steps in our process.
Prepare your resume package in electronic format
In an MS Word, HTML or PDF file, include the following details:
- Your contact information (email and snail mail addresses). Make sure this is visible on every page.
- A section that talks about your career objective. It’s better if we don’t have to guess what you are applying for.
- Accurate educational information that reflects whether your program was completed and diploma/degree granted. If you have a university degree or college diploma, you don’t need to document elementary or secondary school education. Don’t forget to tell us about academic awards you have received.
- Hobbies and interests. This section helps round out the picture of who you are. But, don’t include horseback riding as a hobby if you only rode a horse once, several years ago, when you were in high school…
- Updated references. Talk to your references about the opportunity so we don’t take them by surprise when we contact them. If someone said, “Sure, use me as a reference any time” and that was five years ago, ensure the offer still stands and their contact information is accurate.
More resume hints and tips
- Check your spelling, punctuation and grammar carefully.
- Use cool, new formatting tricks that make it easier for us to read your resume.
- Don’t gloss over the cool stuff you did in a co-op job because you’re trying to fit your resume on one page.
- Don’t try to fit your resume on one page.
Send your resume via email to the appropriate office
PEER Group has two offices. When applying to a job ad, note the location and send your information to the correct address.
Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Answer our pre-screening questions
We can’t promise to reply to everyone who sends in a resume, but if we are interested in your application, we might send you some pre-screening questions. Usually, it’s via email. The quality of your response tells us a lot. For some positions, like Reception, we may do the pre-screen over the phone.
Pre-screen hints and tips
- Complete the pre-screen to the best of your ability and email it back promptly.
- If you haven’t worked with a technology that’s mentioned, just put a zero for years of experience. We believe that people can learn things if they’re given the appropriate support. Your pre-screen will help us figure out what you would need to learn on the job here.
- Sometimes the gap is too big, and if that’s the case, we’re both better off if we figure that out up front.
- People agonize over the salary range question. We have a range in mind and you have a range in mind. If you’re an interesting candidate and there’s a mismatch here, then we’ll talk further before the interview.
After we have received your pre-screen answers, we will set expectations regarding next steps. If you don’t hear from us by the appointed time, feel free to send an email about your status.
Come in for an interview
On interview day, make sure you shower, shave, pluck, and dress nicely – do whatever you need to do to show up looking well-groomed and smelling nice, but not too nice. Please don’t overdo the cologne.
If a trusted person in your life thinks you’re on the wrong track with your look/hair/smell – listen to them.
Before the interview, take some time to:
- Review your resume so you can speak to dates and experiences.
- Review our website so you have a clue about what we do.
On interview day, be ready to:
- Shake hands firmly – but resist the urge to crush bones.
- Make eye contact when you speak.
- Ask questions! Even if you think you know it all, you should ask some questions to get to know more about your interviewers, the job itself, and what it’s like to work at PEER Group.
Please read our section regarding interviewing with PEER Group for more details!
Accept our offer
If you are the chosen one for the position, we will contact you to get a verbal agreement, discuss your salary level and start date, and then we’ll meet to go over your written offer.
Ask lots of questions so you understand what you are signing and your terms of employment.