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Job Search Tip from Janice, Your Career Advisor
Get prepared in advance! Even if you are confident that there are plenty of jobs for OTs and PTs, don’t wait until the last minute to start thinking about the job search. This will make the process stress free and you will be able to target the organizations where you will fit better. Start by attending our workshops, update your CV and prepare a cover letter you will be happy with. It takes time to prepare them, so write them sooner than later. Once you have written them, come to one of our CV drop-in hours so you can get some feedback.
I look forward to meeting you!
Janice Tester, Your Career Advisor
Have you heard of ProNet, a new networking tool in myFuture?
ProNet enables current McGill students and alumni (both undergraduates and graduates) to get in touch with more experienced students and recent alumni in order to get help with their search for an internship, job, grad school or career.
For more information, click here.
* Note that ProNet is different than the McGill Mentor Program, which you might also be interested in.
YES Montreal Career Workshops
YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses.
They hold a number of workshops on various topics for job seekers, artists and entrepreneurs.
To view upcoming events, click here.
Check out the Vault Guide
Vault is the world’s leading source of career information. It will make your efforts at researching employers, industries, and career subjects infinitely easier and more efficient.
Vault also has a ton of material on finding summer jobs and internships.
McGill subscribes to this service and you can check it out today (you must be connected to the McGill VPN).
myFuture Resume Builder
myFuture has now incorporated a resume builder which you can find in your Documents tab. This new feature provides all the resources you need to create and submit your resume. It's quick and easy to use and produces high-quality, professional-looking resumes you can access anytime, from any computer.
Check it out by going to your Document tab from your myFuture homepage and click on the Resume Builder tab.
Click here for a quick training guide.
(But remember, CaPS also holds a daily C.V. drop-in where you can have your C.V. reviewed.
Grad Advising & CV Drop-In
Advising and CV Drop-In for graduate students is held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15h00-16h30 and Fridays from 10h00-11h30 and does not require an appointment, but space is limited. First come, first served.
Undergrad Advising & CV Drop-In
For a listing of C.V. Drop-In times, please click here.
For a listing of Advising Drop-In times, please click here.
Don't have time to come by our office in person? Then check out our online "Ask a Career Advisor" service. Click on the icon below.
CaPS is located in the Brown Student Services Building (3600 McTavish, Suite 2200).
We also have an office at Macdonald Campus in the Centennial Centre.
Check out our website for details on all our programs and services!
For further inquiries, or to book an appointment with an advisor, please email us or call 514-398-3304 or drop into our office.
Dear PT and OT students:
Welcome to this edition of the CapsScoop just for PT/OT students. My name is Janice Tester, your Career Advisor at McGill CaPS. CaPS is McGill’s Career Planning Service where you can find help related to your career needs. You can come and see me or another advisor to help you with you CV, cover letter, have a mock interview, or attend any of our workshops. You will find more information on our services at www.mcgill.ca/caps.
Come to my workshop for PT&OT students on CV writing, cover letters and career fair preparation.
In this issue:
The Career Fair for OT, PT and SLP students will be held on Monday, April 18th, 2011 from 2 pm to 4:30 pm at the Shatner Ballroom.
Students from all levels are invited!
Remember, even if you are not graduating yet from the Master’s programs, it is never to early to start networking and getting to know the job market before you are actively looking for a job. Therefore, the fair is your chance to check out over 50 organizations offering employment to physiotherapists and occupational therapists upon graduation! This is a great opportunity to make contacts in your field.
They are really interested in talking to you so don’t miss this opportunity!
Attend the workshop that I will be giving on CV writing, cover letters and career fair preparation on April 5th, 2011 at noon in room 3 in Davis House.
You can get your CV reviewed by me or another CaPS advisor on April 6th from 9 am to 12 pm and on April 13th from 2 pm to 4:30 pm. You need to register with Viviana McAllister at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time slot of 15 minutes. If you cannot attend any of these days, you can set up an appointment at CaPS by calling 514-398-3304.
Our Resource Centre is full of many interesting resources, but especially for PT/OT, check these out:
Targeted Résumés (Section 3.23)
Career Descriptions (Section 1.58 and 4.8)
Occupational exploration books covering topics such as history, career description, employment characteristics, employment outlook, salary, educational programs, licensure, certification and more.
Selected PT/OT Books (Section 4.8)
Selected Directories (Section 5.31 – 5.35)
Job Search Websites
Canadian Job Search Websites
Selected General Job Search Websites Offering PT/OT Jobs in Canada
American Job Search Websites
A Career Fair includes participants who can aid in the development/progression of an individual's career, not just help them find "a job". That is why it is so important to ask questions. Employers are there to begin a "sifting out" and long-term selection process. Employers do expect you to bring resumes, know something about their company and make a good first impression. They are taking the fair seriously, and expect you to be taking it seriously as well.
Job Seekers can expect to meet:
• Organizations looking to Recruit - not necessarily immediately - maybe for a job in 6 months, or next year.
• Educational Institutions - promoting specialized or additional studies to help students reach their career goals.
• Relocation Professionals - people exhibit at our career fairs for the sole purpose of helping you with relocation, such as immigration attorneys or moving companies.
Employers do expect potential candidates to look and act in a professional manner when they meet you at Career Events. Remember that saying; "an impression is formed in the first two minutes upon meeting a person." Use that to your advantage!! So don't bring your children, your husband or your mother. The attention should be centered on you, not on those who distract the recruiter. Here are a few more tips on preparing for ours and other career fairs.
1. Dress for Success
2. Do your Research
3. Get Started in Advance
4. Leave Your Mark
5. Have a Clear Goal in Mind
6. Be Prepared
7. Bring Customized Resume
8. Dress Professionally
9. Take Initiative
10. Practice Questioning and Listening
11. Mingle and Try to Meet Several People
12. Take Notes as You Go
13. Follow Up
In general, the Career Planning Service offers several workshops for students to approach the job search. You will find the list of relevant workshops below.
Registration for all of the following workshops is available through myFuture. Click on the "Workshops/Events" tab and select the "Workshops" tab.
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