CAPS Scoop
Students' Edition
A Publication of McGill's Career & Placement Service (CAPS)
Volume 8, Issue 2
October 2006

In this issue:

1. Get Involved

2. The Art of Networking

3. Time Management

4. Is Your Powder Blue Suit Going to Get You the Job?

5. JET Programme

6. Thinking About Your Own Career?

7. October Events

8. Public Service Commission of Canada

Public Service Commission of Canada

Did you know that the Government of Canada has a wide variety of jobs for which you are eligible to apply? Furthermore, did you know that there is a representative on campus who is able to inform you about these positions and how to go about getting them? …That rep is me! My name is Lauren and I am here to answer your questions and give you advice about employment within the Federal Government. You can come and visit me during my drop-in office hours in the Career and Placement Service (CAPS) center on Tuesdays from 11:00am to 12:00pm or simply e-mail me.

There are a few things that I would like to tell you about right away. For one, the Fall Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) campaign has already begun. Many interesting entry-level positions are available and so I encourage students who are in their final year of study to visit and to apply. Also, all full-time students interested in part-time positions throughout the year or summer jobs, can fill out the on-line application form for the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). There are truly more opportunities than you can imagine!

Good luck and please don’t hesitate to contact me,

Lauren Walshe-Roussel

Contact Us

To find out more about CAPS' services or to get career advice, e-mail us.

To write for the Scoop or to volunteer with CAPS, contact Laura Massé.

Get Involved by Adam Verwymeren

It is easy to burn through your three or four years at McGill, focusing only on your studies and social life. You don't want to make the mistake of graduating from McGill with merely a degree. An education will open a lot of doors for you, but it does not guarantee you your dream job after you graduate. An employer wants to see that a potential employee has practical experience in addition to an education. The things you do in your free time may end up being as valuable as that Bachelors of whatever you are working your way towards. So get involved, volunteer, or apply for a part-time job. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your year.

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The Art of Networking by Angela He

When it comes to landing a job, it’s not surprising if you’ve heard the phrase “who you know is just as important as what you know.” As a matter of fact, more and more people are switching their focus from traditional means of locating jobs, like newspapers or the internet, to other means because of the existence of the large portion of the “hidden” job market—the market that is only accessible based on “who you know.”

Networking is arguably the most proactive job search technique. Why? According to New York Times Survey (2002), 64% of people find jobs through networking. Employers prefer to hire people they know over “mystery” candidates. The Wall Street Journal also reported in 2004 that 94% of successful job seekers claimed that networking had made all the difference for them.

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Time Management by John Antony

It is often said that time waits for no one, but with a little practice you can make time do wonders for you. Of all the skills you need to succeed in University, time management is by far the most important.

Time management is more an art than a skill. It pays rich dividends for the ones who know how to use it wisely. It is an art by which you maximize your productivity by utilizing the time at hand . How does it happen? Well, it starts with planning. Learn to plan things well ahead of time so you are not caught at the last minute. Usually when you plan, it is advisable to do so in such a way that there is a degree of flexibility. Don’t be too rigid because if you are and something goes awry then your entire schedule could, and more than likely will, fall apart. Also when you plan, be reasonable; don’t cramp too many activities into a short period of time. Above all, always have alternatives so that if a particular plan doesn’t work out, you have a back up.

As you step into university you may have various dreams and aspirations, but to turn these dreams into reality you need to go beyond basic planning. Essentially the second step in time management is implementation. Stick to your plan, but don’t panic when things don’t go as intended and you are behind schedule. Rather, try to learn from your mistakes . Always set priorities as to which are the most important things that need to be done. This will help you focus and will assist you in using your time more effectively. Finally, the most important principle of time management is to be result-oriented. This will help you achieve your goals with greater ease, rather than wasting time. Having said that, don’t lose enthusiasm for doing things by being single-mindedly focused on results. Although it is important to reach the destination, it wouldn’t do any good if you didn’t enjoy the journey. Cherish every second of what you do. All said and done, remember these golden words of wisdom from John .F. Kennedy: “ We should use time as a tool, not as a crutch.”

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Is Your Powder Blue Suit Going to Get You the Job? by Catherine Stace

You have an interview with YourDreamJob Inc. You don’t need to prepare, you have a degree and you know you would make a valuable contribution to the organization.

The morning of the interview you dust off your blue suit that you wore to your friend’s fancy dress Halloween party last year. Oops, you forgot that you had spilled some dip on the front, and wow the suits looks a little dated, uh oh does it smell funny? 

You are at the interview, they have asked you the first question. Tell me about yourself? You launch into a 5 minute Leno monologue…STOP!

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JET Programme by Laura Massé

Ever think about taking part in a wonderful experience on the other side of the world teaching English? Has the thought of leaving home for a year or so after you graduate intrigue you? Well then you should take a look at this!

The JET Programme allows for local school authorities in Japan to employ foreign youth to help improve foreign language education, as well as promoting international exchange at the local level. There are a few different endeavors that you can take on with this programme. The biggest program is the Assistant Language Teacher (ALTs) where you assist regular Japanese teachers in teaching English in elementary, junior, and senior high schools. You also could have the chance to be a Coordinator for International Relations (CIRs), working in communities on international exchange activities (but, for this, you will need to be fluent in Japanese). These positions are all over Japan, covering large cities, small and medium-sized towns, and rural farming and fishing villages.

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Thinking About Your Own Career? by Jean Hepworth

CAPS Canada Career Week is your chance to participate in activities and explore resources that will get you thinking about opportunities beyond the McGill gates.
This year marks the fourth annual student conference that the McGill Career & Placement Service (CAPS)  has organized in conjunction with Canada Career Week. The theme for Career Week 2006 (October 30 – November 2) is Give them the Tools – Help them build the life they want which is based on the High Five message of Follow Your Heart:  Find the Work You Love Build the Life You Want.

Career seekers face tough choices and can use help finding their way. Find out what you want, what's really important to you, and go after it. Let your dreams shape your goals. Use the energy your dreams give you to help you acquire the skills and take the risks you need to make those dreams—or any part of them—a reality.

This year’s student conference will start off by teaching you how to develop your own action plan with regards to career exploring and job searching . After the conference's opening seminar, you can sign up for career development workshops, company tours, speed circuit informational interviews and panel discussions which will be offered throughout the week.  Check out the CAPS website for details on how to register. [back to top]

October Events


2nd: Workshop: Writing an Effective CV
3rd: Workshop: International Students: Finding a Student Job
4th: Workshop: How to Organize your Job Search
5th: Workshop:Case Interviews
9th: Workshop:Successful Interview Techniques
10th: Workshops: Writing an Effective CV & Alternative Careers in Life Sciences
11th: Workshops: Creative Pursuits & Cold Calling as a Job Search Skill
17th: Workshop: Medical School Personal Statements
18th: Workshop: Cover Letters
19th: Workshop: Finding and Obtaining the Ideal Internship
20th: Workshop: Networking Your Way to the Job You Want
24th: Workshop: Successful Interview Techniques

25th: Workshops: Writing an Effective CV; McGill Arts Graduate and Professional Fair

26th: Workshop: Assess Your Interview Skills
27th: Workshop: Networking Your Way to the Job You Want
30th: Workshop: Writing an Effective CV; Career Week
31st: Career Week

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