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CAPS Scoop
Students' Edition
A Publication of McGill's Career & Placement Service (CAPS)
Volume 8, Issue 3
November 2006

In this issue:

1. The Joys of Much Too Much (Book Review)

2. Job Choices: Tips on Entering the Job Market

3. International Students: The Opportunity to Work Off-Campus

4. November Events

Are you an undergrad student who is a new immigrant to Canada?

We need your help.

Are you a full-time undergrad student?

Were you born outside of Canada?

Are you a permanent resident or Canadian citizen?

Have you been living in Canada for less than five (5) years?

If you answered YES to all four questions, then we invite you to participate in a 90 minute confidential interview as part of a study conducted by the McGill Faculty of Education, in partnership with McGill’s Career and Placement Service (CAPS). The goal of this study is to learn more about the unique academic advising, career counselling and mentoring needs of new immigrants.

If you are willing to participate, e-mail diversity.caps@mcgill.ca providing your name and contact information.

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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.

The Joys of Much Too Much (Book Review) by Marshneill Abraham

Bonnie Fuller’s, “The Joys of Much Too Much” is an essential guide for young women looking to make their mark in the workforce. Fuller employs a unique blend of autobiography and self-help to deliver a set of commandments one must abide by in order to guarantee an abundant life. The book is divided into well-organized chapters brimming with engaging anecdotes and thoughtful insights from someone who has truly experienced the full gamut of the magazine industry. Bonnie Fuller has propelled herself from night-shift intern at a Canadian newspaper to editorial director of American Media, where she oversees a number of successful publications. Her book provides a refreshing look at the opportunities available for women in the workforce, provided they maintain the right attitude.

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Job Choices: Tips on Entering the Job Market used with permission by the National Association of Colleges and Employers

The latest issue of Job Choices has arrived at McGill's Career and Placement Service. It details what opportunities and choices are available to the class of 2007 entering the job market.

Andrea Koncz, the Employment Information Manager for the National Association of Colleges and Employers, has this to say about what the job market holds for the class of 2007:

"We're seeing a greater range of opportunities opening up for new college graduates," Koncz says. "And, employers in all sectors are projecting an increase in hiring. More than 20 percent of employers told us that they have raised or plan to raise their starting salaries to entice potential employees. "

In spite of the positive outlook, Koncz cautions against sitting back and waiting for a job.

"Students need to be proactive in the job search; they can start by going to their campus career center for guidance and resources. College students should not expect employers to hire ‘just anyone’ to fill a job,” cautions Koncz. “Employers are looking for candidates who have the right mix of skills and experience for the job; in a good job market, that can be tougher to find.”

Here are four actions YOU can take to increase your chances of getting a job offer:

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International Students: The Opportunity to Work Off-Campus by Adam Verwymeren

There is no doubt: it is expensive being an international student in Montreal. With tuition rates substantially higher than their Quebec and Canadian peers, the cost of moving overseas, and factoring in fluctuating exchange rates, it is definitely a costly venture. International students can breathe a little easier this year: they can now work off-campus to help pay those bills.

Last spring the government finally enacted its long awaited Off-Campus Work Permit Program. Under the plan, full-time international students studying in Canada can apply for a workpermit, allowing them to work up to twenty hours per week during the school year, and hold a full time job during the summer. By allowing students to work off-campus, the government hopes to attract top international talent to Canadian universities. For students, it means a little extra income and an opportunity to gain some work experience while they study.

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November Events


1st: Workshop: Obtaining the Ideal Internship
2nd: Workshop: Successful Interview Skills; Canadian Business College Presentation
3rd: Workshop: Cold Calling as Job Search Skill
5th: Nursing Career Fair
7th: Workshop: Cover Letters
8th: Workshop: Careers and Queers
9th: Workshop: Researching the Employer
13th: Workshops: Writing an Effective CV & Successful Interview Techniques
14th: Workshop: International Students: Adapting to the Canadian Job Market; Jewish Employment Montreal Information Session; Queen's University Information Session (Masters and Doctoral Programs)
15th: Workshop: Alternative Careers in the Life Sciences
16th: Workshop: Grad Personal Statements by Kaplan
17th: Workshop: Networking Your Way to the Job You Want; Boston Career Forum (17th through 19th)
21st: Workshops: Alternative Careers in the Physical Sciences & Work and Study Abroad
24th: Workshop: Writing an Effective CV

27th: Workshop: Successful Interview Techniques

28th: Workshop: Med School Interviews: The Inside Scoop
29th: Workshop: Cold Calling as a Job Search Skill

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