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Getting the Most From Your Experience Record

You can use your Laurier Experience Record to help you apply for and interview for jobs, other co-curricular positions, or graduate school. Your Experience Record helps you keep track of what you have done and how much time you committed to it. Further, it gives you the opportunity to reflect upon your experience and achievements, while understanding the competencies and skills you have developed.


Competencies appear on your online Experience Record as well as the printed version of the former Co-Curricular Record (CCR). You identify them yourself to reflect your individual learning resulting from your experiences.

Competencies are overarching categories that can be likened to transferable skills and encourage meaningful learning as a result of student involvement. Competencies include:

  • Adaptability and Resiliency
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking
  • Diversity and Intercultural Understanding
  • Functional Knowledge (knowledge related to academic discipline, job and/or industry-specific knowledge)
  • Leadership
  • Problem Solving
  • Professional Attributes (demonstrate responsible behaviours, time management, organizational skills, work ethic, positive attitude, integrity and commitment to ongoing learning and self-improvement)
  • Self-Awareness (understand personal interests, skills, values, preferences, behaviours and attitudes)
  • Technological Ability

How to Use Your Experience Record On Your Resumé

  • Add relevant activities and experiences to your “experience” or “volunteer experience” sections.
  • Use your own version of the position description to describe what you did.
  • Use competencies in the "profile" or “skills” section - include action verbs to describe how you have demonstrated these competencies.

How to Use Your Experience Record in an Interview

  • Use the record as a reference as you prepare for your interview.
  • Reflect on how the competencies you developed connect to the job for which you are interviewing.
  • Use the language to clearly explain what you did and how it’s relevant to the position you’re applying for.
    • Example: “My time as a Foot Patrol volunteer taught me effective communication skills because I talked with customers during walks and I worked with a partner on every shift.”