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CAPS Scoop
Students' Edition
A Publication of McGill's Career & Placement Service (CAPS)
Volume 8, Issue 5
January 2007

In this issue:

1. Get Ready for CAPS Career Month 2007!

2. On-Campus Recruitment

3. Public Speaking and You

4. January Events

Did you know that there are ethical recruitment guidelines for employers, students and third party recruiters?

If you want to know more, be sure to check out the CACEE website.

Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP)

Get a head start on your hunt for a summer job! The Public Service Commission of Canada offers summer and part-time positions through Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP). The various job opportunities allow students to learn about the federal government and gain valuable experience while developing and improving their skills.
There are over 7000 positions in a variety of fields such as law, translation, administration, and economics to name a few. Canada's National Parks and National Historic sites also hire students through FSWEP. To be eligible for employment, you must be a full-time student and be returning to full-time studies for the next academic term. In order to apply, you must go to www.jobs.gc.ca and fill out the FSWEP application. Some departments start hiring in early January so don't delay! If you have any questions, please contact 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 Ready for CAPS Career Month 2007!

CAPS is happy to inform you of our annual CAPS Career Month (Jan 15-Feb 16). It will be full of activities that can help you explore a number of careers or assist you in the job search in order to find the job you'd love to do. Check out the schedule of events for details of career fairs, targeted panel discussions, company presentations, career development workshops and more.

We invite you to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to improve your chances of finding the right job for you. Click on the titles below to find out what's being offered:

Career Fairs
We are organizing SIX Career Fairs.  They will provide you with the opportunity to make a terrific impression on recruiters and to find out more about organizations and industries that are hiring.  Click here for information on making a business card, preparing a 30 second “infomercial” and a career fair check list.

Targeted Panel Discussions
Need some help understanding what career opportunities you will have with various majors? Ever wonder what you can actually do with the major you've already chosen?  Students and recent graduates are often surprised to learn that most degrees have tremendous crossover potential.  People are most certainly not constrained to careers within their discipline! Geography graduates work in marketing, political science graduates work in human resources, business graduates become teachers, religion and culture graduates work in sales and sociology graduates work in finance.  Attend the targeted panel discussions and hear from professionals working in areas you are interested in.  They will give you advice about how to find the job you want.

Mock Interviews and Job Readiness Clinics
Not sure what to expect at an interview? Sign up for a mock interview with an HR Recruiter or have your resume reviewed by an HR Recruiter.  Please sign up in person at CAPS for a time slot or call at 398-3304. You must provide your résumé prior the date. A $5 refundable deposit is also required.

Take part in a series of workshops, packaged in one presentation, geared for students getting ready to launch their careers.  These clinics are available upon request by specific departments and/or student societies.  Included in the clinics is an “open forum” and “CV review” component to help you plan the steps of your job search.

Faculty/Student Associations Career-Related Events
Be sure to keep an eye out for these events organized by faculties and student associations related to the career search. CAPS will be participating at many of these events. 

Career Development Workshops
CAPS offers many workshops on cover letters, writing an effective resume, networking, interview skills, cold calling and much more to help you develop your job search skills.

For more information, please visit the CAPS website at caps.mcgill.ca.

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On-Campus Recruitment by Catherine Stace, Career Advisor

Do you take pride in your analytical, leadership and communication skills? If yes, you should consider taking part in CAPS Campus Recruitment (CR). Did you know that employers come on-campus to recruit students for summer & internship positions? Some of these companies include Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets, Merrill Lynch, Monitor Group and UBS to name but a few.  TIP: Start checking out the CAPS job listings now because the recruitment deadlines are often in early January!

Check out the CAPS website events calendar to find out what companies are giving presentations. Your goal should be to attend these presentations, find our more about the company and speak to the company reps. TIP: Dress is important! Leave the jeans and backpack at home.

Preparation is important. Here is a quick guide:

  1. Start with a self-assessment: you need to know what your skills interests, values and abilities are.
  2. Research the industry and life style: corporate culture is not just another buzz word and every industry is different. Some require long hours and others require you to be constantly up-to-date. TIP: Informational interviews are a great way to find our about the corporate culture.
  3. Create a resume and cover letter; without a shining application how can they see what a great candidate you are? TIP: CAPS has CV Drop-in daily or make an appointment with a Career Advisor to go over your CV & cover letter.
  4. Practice your interview skills: your amazing application has their interest now you need to keep them interested. Can you answer the question, “Tell me about yourself?”? TIP: CAPS offers workshops on interview skills, and you can book an appointment for a mock interview.
  5. Don’t forget about the case element: become familiar with business frameworks, which can help you structure your thought process. Some commonly used frameworks include Porter's 5 Forces, 3 C's, 4 P's, SWOT Analysis. TIP: Research and practice case interviewing in order to become more familiar with the process. Case examples are available at various consulting firm websites, including The Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Co.

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Public Speaking and You by Angela He

Are you afraid of public speaking? If you answer “yes”, then you are not alone. Statistics say that among North Americans, public speaking is still the single most common fear. Some people are more afraid of giving a speech than getting cancer or having a heart attack. This article will address the importance of public speaking in your professional and personal life, and will introduce you to an amazing organization that will help you improve both your public speaking and leadership skills – Toastmasters.

You need public speaking skills more than you may realize. As a student, you need to do presentations in front of your classmates. Upon your graduation, you need to know how to communicate your skills to get – and keep - the job you want. Your presentation skills at work might get you the promotion you deserve. Public speaking can be the cornerstone of any career and boost your communication skills to a new level. A great place to improve public speaking skills is Toastmasters.

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January Events


8th-12th: Soup and Science
17th: PhD Support Group
19th: Washington Internship Program Information Session
23rd: Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) Information Session
29th: Presentation by CIDA, Foreign Affairs and SWAP Program
31st: McGill Science Career and Graduate Education Fair
31st: McGill Social Work Career Fair

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