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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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March 2010

Tip from Your Career Advisor

Do you feel shy when entering a career fair?  You don’t know how to approach the employers and what to day?  It is very simple:  concentrate on them.  It is not just about you and a job; it is about information gathering and you know how to do that!  Ask questions about their organization, about their own career path, about the industry itself, about future developments, anything goes!  Engage in an interesting conversation and then they will be more receptive to your candidacy. 

So, don’t be shy, go ask questions and you will have networked and navigated successfully a career fair.


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.

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.

Permanent Residency Information Sessions

International students need to register online for one of the 4 sessions facilitated by Immigration Quebec.

For more information, please visit the ISS website.

Become of a fan of CaPS

Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!

Contact Us

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 MLIS students:

Welcome to our newsletter just for you!  My name is Janice Tester, your Career Advisor at McGill CaPS, which is your 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.

Please note that I will be giving a workshop specifically for MLIS students on CV Writing, Cover Letters and Career Fair Preparation on March 3rd from 12h00 to 13h30 for all first and second year students. Information about the location will be sent to you from Career Fair Rep.

Also in this issue:

CaPS Resource Centre
EBSI-SIS CAREER FAIR - March 18, 2010

How I Found My Job
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

CaPS Resource Centre

Whether you are looking for information on a career, scholarship information, tips on resume writing, contact information in the industries, or specifics on a program of study, the CaPS Career Resource Centre is here for you!

CaPS subscribes to a number of publications and online services that may be of interest to MLIS students. Our Librarian recommends the following:

  • What Else Can You Do With A Library Degree : Career Options For The 90's And Beyond by Betty-Carol Sellen.

    Published in 1997 but still relevant. Each chapter is written by a different person and describes his or her path to an alternate LIS career.

  • Career Opportunities in Library and Information Science by Linda P. Carvell.

    Gives detailed info on over 70 career paths for LISers. Gives a sample career ladder as well.

  • Jump Start Your Career in Library and Information Science by Priscilla K. Shontz.  A guide that explains every step of an LIS career- from CVs and interviewing to publishing and mentoring.

Contact the CaPS Resource Consultant for further information.

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EBSI-SIS CAREER FAIR - March 18, 2010, 13h00-17h00
Grande Bibliothèque, 475 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East

For the first time, students from Université de Montréal’s École de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l’information (EBSI) and McGill University’s School of Information Studies (SIS) will be holding a joint Career Fair.

This will be an exciting opportunity for you to meet employers looking for enthusiastic and talented students from the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) programs. The 2010 EBSI-SIS Career Fair will be a major networking event, during which future graduates and potential employers will have a chance to discuss employment possibilities.

It is always a great pleasure to organize this event with your participation and we sincerely hope that you will join us on March 18, 2010!

In the meantime, we look forward to hearing from you!

Kind regards,

Émilie Paquin
Co-chair, 2010 EBSI-SIS Career Fair

Claude Ayerdi-Martin
Co-chair, 2010 EBSI-SIS Career Fair

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How I Found My Job

by Benyamin Paris, MLIS Alumnus

Hey all, my name is Benyamin Paris, and I just graduated from the MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) program. I was asked by our Career Advisor, Janice Tester, to write about my job searching experience, what worked, and what did not. Before I start though, I do want to mention my case is not typical for many reasons. It’s important to note my current job, a bookstore manager for Haven Books (the SSMU bookstore) is not in a library, archive, or strictly related field. Furthermore, I am not a Canadian citizen (though I am just about to get permanent residency), and I went straight from an undergraduate degree at McGill to the MLIS program. Thus, even if my experiences appear different to yours, take what you can from my job search and the seven tips that follow.

My Experience and Tips

My first actual job while at University was working for McGill as a Library Ambassador. This lead to several other jobs with the McGill library system. I was also able to secure a job working for the Montreal Children Library (a wonderful place) for a summer, and then worked as lab assistant for the school.  While these may not seem to be great jobs in terms of salary or responsibility, they did give me something to put on my CV…which leads me to tip 1.

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Workshops and Events

The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all events offered this month and to register, log-in to myFuture. Click on the "Events" tab and then the "Workshops/Panels/Events" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

  • Business Etiquette: More Than Just Eating With the Right Fork
    March 1, 12h30-14h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, presenting yourself professionally through your body language;
    2) Appropriately select clothing to dress for success; 3) Apply appropriate meal manners when faced with a potential employer.

  • Researching Employers
    March 3, 11h00-12h30: Brown, Room 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand the importance of researching employers and industries; 2) Effectively research occupation, industry and employer profiles using specialized web services, websites, databases, and directories in both print and digital formats.

  • CV Writing, Cover Letters and Career Fair Preparation (for MLIS students)
    March 3, 12h00-13h30: Location TBA

  • Tap (and Dial) into the Hidden Job Market
    March 17, 14h00-52300: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation; 2) Identify areas in which they need to expand their list of contacts and ways by which they can grow their contact base; 3) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview; 4) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field of interest. 

  • One-Stop-Shopping: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
    March 18, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Compose a more effective and tailored CV; 2) Define the essential components of a cover letter; 3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation; 4) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview; 5) Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

  • Heterosexism, Career Choice and the Workplace
    March 22, 16h00-17h30: Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) List the ways in which a person’s minority sexual orientation and/or gender expression identities can influence how they choose a career;  2) Describe how being queer can give LGBT people advantages and additional skills at work; 3) Develop suitable strategies for successfully “coming out” at work and for dealing with any discrimination; and 4) Find employers who actively welcome LGBT diversity in their organization.

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