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May 2009

Graduate Career Advisors @ CaPS

Susan Molnar and Lorna MacEachern are available to meet with you to discuss your career options and job search strategies.

To book an appointment, call 514-398-3304, x0321.


Advising & CV Drop-In

Advising and CV Drop-In will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 15h00-16h30 and Fridays from 10h00-11h30 and does not require an appointment. First come, first served.

Science Careers Webinar

Science Careers presented a webinar entitled: "Nontraditional Careers: Opportunities Away From the Bench."

Click here to watch the webinar.

McGill Counselling Workshops

McGill Counselling offers a number of great workshops that you might be interested in checking out, particularly a Support Group for Doctoral Students.

You can view the schedule online.

Become of a fan of CaPS

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

Contact me

If you have any suggestions about how we can better serve you, don't hesitate to contact me.

Susan Molnar, M.Ed.
Graduate Career Advisor
(514) 398-3304 x0759

CaPS is open all summer long to serve you

Please note that our office is open Monday through Friday (9AM - 5PM) until June 24, after which we are open Monday through Thursday (9AM - 5PM). Full-time service resumes the first full week of August.

As I contemplate the recession and how it will affect PhD careers, I am aware that promoting Grad Students to potential employers is a good idea. As a new initiative I thought of hosting a series of PhD presentations on their current research project and invite lay people in our local community, outside of McGill, to attend.

How about a Mini PhD- a take on the current Mini Med/Mini Law series. PhD’s could present their original research to the corporate community. At these events we could hand out PhD Resume Books that showcase CV’s particular to a Faculty. If you are interested in participating, please send a your topic and CV to susan.molnar@mcgill.ca.

In this issue:

Trained for Nothing
Two Sites to Serve You Better: CaPS Website and myFuture
Fall Campus Recruitment and More - Don't Be Caught Off Guard
Hone your Phone Skills to Increase your Contact Base
What You Need To Do NOW in Today's Job Market
Resources for Finding Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Us

Trained for Nothing

by Joseph Heathcott, Academe Online

Why do we still structure doctoral training around tenure-track positions in universities? The PhD can lead to so many other places.


Dreams deferred and hopes dashed make for heart-wrenching personal narratives, as we see weekly in the Chronicle of Higher Education. No other trade publication reveals such pathos in the industry it watches. Stories abound of tenure cases capriciously and unfairly decided, budgets shredded owing to fiscal austerity, departments rent by raging canon wars, and burdens borne unequally by faculty members. Few topics, however, elicit as much anxiety as the crisis in the academic job market.

Week after week, graduate students, adjunct instructors, and recently hired tenure-track professors recount harrowing stories of applicants who go in search of tenure-track jobs only to find themselves locked into a series of low-wage temporary positions. I have been moved many times by the witness of the talented men and women who spill their guts to the paper of record for higher education. Yet the time for witness is past; it is now time to act. The tenacity of the job crisis means that it is time to rethink the nature of graduate training in America.

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Two Sites to Serve You Better

Did you even know CaPS has two websites?
So what’s the difference you ask?

www.mcgill.ca/caps - exclusive to the Career Planning Service and can be described as the “how-to” site
myFuture - shared with other career centres on campus and can be described as the“take action” site

The CaPS website focuses on getting you career educated and includes these highlighted sections:

- nine steps in the job search, which are:

  1. Do a Self Assessment

  2. Explore Careers

  3. Engage in New Experiences:
    Internships, International Opportunities, Volunteering, Summer Jobs, Teach Abroad, Research Opportunities for Science Students

  4. Research Employers and Target Organizations

  5. Develop Your Networking Skills

  6. Look for Job Opportunities

  7. Write a CV and Cover Letter

  8. Prepare for the Interview

  9. Know Salary and Labour Information

- applying to graduate studies and professional schools;

- external scholarships and awards;

- descriptions of all CaPS’ services and programs;

- resources for graduate students; distinct groups; and for Macdonald campus students;

- faculty-specific career centres and internship programs; and

- how to guides, workshop handouts and podcasts.

myFuture is your active job search and career tools suite and includes these highlighted functions:

- search and apply for jobs and internships;

- sign up for events (workshops, career fairs, company info sessions, networking events);

- creation of search agents in order to be notified by email of relevant job opportunities matching your profile;

- upload documents such as cover letters, CVs and transcripts;

- participate in on-campus recruiting campaigns;

- sign up for interviews with employers;

- view employer profiles;

- view career-related announcements and alerts;

- online subscriptions to career resources.


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Fall Campus Recruitment and More - Don't Be Caught Off Guard

Be Prepared for Campus Recruitment this coming September:

  • Prepare a targeted CV.  Start putting together a cover letter highlighting your accomplishment and illustrated your industry knowledge.  Remember Campus Recruitment  during the fall mainly focuses in the areas of Consulting, Financial Institutions & Information Technology. 

  • Read up on Case Interviewing http://www.mcgill.ca/files/caps/case-interviews.pdf

  • Make an appointment with a career advisor sooner than later to go over both your CV and Cover Letter

  • Sign up for a mock interview

  • Start your research early, check out the Vault Guides

Career Fairs:

Company Info Sessions:

  • As part of On-Campus Recruitment, some companies will have representatives speak to students about their organization and their recruitment plans.  These presentations usually take place in a reception hall, classroom, hotel or lecture theatre.  This is an excellent way for students to get insight on a company’s expectations before applying to a job and to learn more about the organization’s culture, goals and position profiles.  Details will be available on myFuture in August. 

Hone your Phone Skills to Increase your Contact Base

by Janice Tester, CaPS Career Advisor

It’s a question which has probably become more and more pressing and even more frequently repeated as the number of weeks remaining in your final term tick by. While you know you *should* be devoting some time to figuring out your answer – researching jobs and employers, working on your CV etc., it’s challenging to balance these important tasks with the urgency of papers due shortly and exams on the horizon. Starting early with regards to your post-graduation job search has its advantages but the key word here is STARTING, and this is definitely a case of better now than later or never!

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What You Need To Do NOW in Today's Job Market

by Catherine Stace, CaPS Career Advisor

You are about to graduate and the job market has taken a nose dive. What can you do to make your application stand out when so many people will be applying for the same jobs? Employers who are hiring are looking for someone who has the competencies they need and can also produce an error free and targeted application.

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Resources for Finding Volunteer Opportunities

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

Volunteering your time and energy is an excellent way to develop useful, marketable skills while exploring interests and possible career paths. Furthermore, you will be creating relationships, the basis of networking, while giving back to the community. Volunteer experience is positively viewed by employers and graduate schools alike. Below are some suggestions as to where to look for volunteer opportunities.

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Registration for all of the following workshops is available through myFuture. Click on the "Workshops/Events" tab and select the "Workshops" tab.

  • Tap (and Dial) into the Hidden Job Market
    May 11, 11h30-12h30: Brown, Room 5001

    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.

  • Everything You Need to Get Your Job Search Started: Intensive “One Stop Shop” for Grad Students
    May 13, 13h00-16h00: Brown, Room 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.

  • Networking Practice Session
    May 13, 12h00-13h30: Brown, Room 5001

    Come to this workshop and put your networking skills to the test. Here we will act out different networking scenarios (ie. career fair, conference, social party) and offer tips on how to improve your techniques.

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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."

  • French for Job Seekers
    May 5-29, 9h30-12h30: YES Montreal

    This is a four-week course held twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm.

    For more information or to register, please visit www.yesmontreal.ca or call us at
    (514) 878-9788.

  • Networking Support Group
    May 14, 18h00-19h30: YES Montreal

    Joining the YES Entrepreneurship Networking Support Group will help build long-term
    relationships while increasing your contacts and building your network.

    Pre-registration is required, call 514-878-9788 or visit us online at www.yesmontreal.ca.

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