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May 2009

Advise the Advisors!

CaPS Feedback Session for Undergraduate Students

Come to tell us what you think or our services and help us better understand your career related needs. Help us make CaPS a better service!

When: Friday May 8th at 2pm
Where: Brown Student Services Bldg. Room 3001

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

To participate please sign up at the CaPS office (Brown Student Services Bldg. Room 2200) or email Lorna at lorna.maceachern@mcgill.ca

C.V. Drop-In

Undergraduate students can drop in to CaPS, where a Career Advisor or Peer Educator will provide basic feedback and suggestions regarding your CV. Should this revision period prove insufficient, we would recommend you make an individual appointment. Please know we unfortunately cannot review cover letters during this time.

For a listing of C.V. Drop-In times, please click here.

Advising Drop-In

Undergraduate students can drop in to CaPS to speak with a Career Advisor without an appointment for a quick question you may have or as a preliminary meeting to help you set your future goals.

For a listing of Advising Drop-In times, please click here.

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.

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 has a ton of material on finding summer jobs and internships.

Check it out today (you must be connected to the McGill VPN).

New CaPS Podcasts

CaPS is proud to announce its third and fourth podcasts.

How to Write a Cover Letter and Networking Your Way to the Job You Want are now available online, along with our other podcasts CV Writing and How to Interview for a Job.

Join the Mentor Program

The Mentor Program links current McGill students with working McGill alumni. It gives you the rare opportunity to enter into a professional relationship that can help shape your career path by giving you insider information. You will have the opportunity to receive advice, build professional networks and ask any and all questions about the realities of work and life beyond the classroom.

With the McGill Mentor Program, advice is free. Sign up or get more information online at caps.mcgill.ca/ci2 or contact the Mentor Program Coordinator at mentor.caps@mcgill.ca.

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.

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!

The Hunt:  A Five Part Series on Finding a Job

TD Canada Trust has put together a podcast series on finding a job.

Ep. 1:  Building a Personal Brand
Ep. 2:  Creating Your Resume and Nailing the Interview
Ep. 3:  Options in a Slumping Economy
Ep. 4:  Job Search
Ep. 5:  Need to Know Tips

To view the series click here:  http://www.tdmoneylounge.com/

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.


CaPS is open all summer long!

This is the last CaPSScoop for the summer, but our office is open all summer long to serve you. Feel free to stop by to get advice on finding a summer job, have your C.V. reviewed or simply chat with an advisor.

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.

Here is wishing you a happy summer!

In this issue:

Fall Campus Recruitment and More - Don't Be Caught Off Guard
Two Sites to Serve You Better: CaPS website and myFuture

Hone your Phone Skills to Increase your Contact Base
Taking a Year (or More!) Off After Graduation – Why Grad School Is Not the Only Option!
What You Need To Do NOW in Today's Job Market
Resources for Finding Volunteer Opportunities
Teaching English Overseas - A Testimonial
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

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. 

CA Recruitment Campaign:

  • You may be thinking “first I will concentrate on my courses and once I am done, then I will concentrate on a job search”. In fact, for Accounting, you need to reverse that thinking and begin your job search long before you graduate! Every September, Chartered Accounting Firms come on campus to recruit graduating students for permanent positions and U2 students for summer internships. This recruitment process is regulated by the Quebec Order of Chartered Accountants and is very intensive. Our goal is therefore to inform you of this recruitment process, help you prepare adequately, and assist you throughout as need be. 

  • All Cont. Ed. students who want to participate in CA Recruitment must be registered with CaPS for the Fall 2009 session by paying the $52 student service fee in person at the CaPS office (Brown Bldg, 3600 McTavish St., Room 2200) in order to participate in the September campaign. The CaPS fee entitles you to all activities, workshops and specialized programs provided by CaPS. This fee does not include membership to the McGill Accounting Society (MAS) which is separate. Membership to MAS is mandatory if you plan on attending any events. 

  • The tentative deadline for applications is September 21.

  • You will be required to apply using a Cacee form which is used by all Accounting firmsDownload the CACEE form from http://www.mcgillaccounting.com/CACEEForm.doc and fill it out. To view a sample cacee form filled out, click here.  Note, it can take several hours to complete, so don’t wait until the last minute.

  • For up-to-date information, check out the events and announcements section on the CaPS website (www.mcgill.ca/caps) towards the middle of August.  All Job Postings and event registration will be administered through myFuture. 

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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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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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Taking a Year (or More!) Off After Graduation – Why Grad School Is Not the Only Option!

by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Music and Arts Career Advisor

As the McGill community gears up for the annual Spring Convocation the question of what to do next likely looms large in the minds of new grads. Many of you may be wondering about graduate school, others planning on jumping into your career immediately. Still others may be unsure of what to do next and looking to take at least a year or two off to figure things out.

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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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Working as a Telemarketer? Beware! You may be engaging in criminal deceptive telemarketing

submitted by the Competition Bureau

Each year, students are hired as telemarketers. Telemarketing is a legitimate and important industry in Canada. However, some companies engage in fraudulent or deceptive telemarketing. Those engaged in this sort of telemarketing, including recently hired students, could be liable to criminal charges under both the Competition Act and the Criminal Code. Those convicted can face significant fines and jail terms of up to 14 years.

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Teaching English Overseas - A Testimonial

by Elvis Anber, BA '05, English and Sociology (Cultural Studies)

Teaching abroad provides an excellent opportunity to develop an international conscious, vital for a rapidly changing, increasingly interconnected world.  The employment possibilities as a native English speaker in the ESL field are astounding and provide the chance to travel and experience a new culture and region of the world. 

With a strong desire to see more of the world upon graduation, but with little money on hand, I set off for South Korea in January 2006 after responding to a posting on the CAPS job board to teach English at a children`s camp for a month. 
That month became two years.

Living in South Korea pits you right in the middle of Northeast Asia – a region quickly becoming the world’s centre of gravity.  South Korea offers plenty to keep your travel spirit busy, and China, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea (contrary to popular belief, travel opportunities are available in this nation), and Southeast Asia are all in close proximity.

If you decide to teach abroad, wherever that may be, you will be in the minority: Most new graduates decide to stay put, preferring the comfort zone of home.  Teaching abroad is not only advantageous to personal and further career growth, but an immensely courageous feat as well. 
I would be more than happy to answer any questions on the topic.  Please feel free to email me at elvisanber@gmail.com.

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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."

  • 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.

  • “One-Stop-Shopping”: CVs, cover letters, interviews and action plan
    May 6, 13h30-15h00: Brown, Room 3001

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

  • SWAP Info Session (Student Work Abroad Program)
    May 12, 18h00-19h00: Voyages Campus, Shatner Building

    Please rsvp mcgill@voyagescampus.com.

  • 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.

  • Experiences Abroad Day
    May 14, 14h00-18h00: 330 Emery St. (Berri-Uquam metro station, Saint Denis exit)

    The Service Canada Centre Youth Café in Montreal invites you to the Experiences Abroad Day.  Over 10 organizations will be on hand to provide information on various job offers as well as programs including studying abroad, volunteering and international cooperation.

    This event is completely free and aims at promoting students' experiences by giving them a networking opportunity as well as a chance to develop skills abroad.

    For more information, call 514-496-9040.

  • 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.

  • Summer Job Fair 2009
    May 21, 14h00-18h00: Downtown Y Center, 1440 Stanley Street (Peel metro station, Stanley exit)

    The Service Canada Centre Youth Café in Montreal invites you to the Summer Job Fair 2009.  Over 10 organizations will be on hand to provide information on various job offers.

    This event is completely free and aims at promoting students' experiences by giving them a networking opportunity as well as a chance to develop skills.

    For more information, call 514-496-9040.

  • Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy Information Session
    May 31, 13h30-16h30: Concordia University, Loyola Campus

    For more information and to register, call 514-486-2716, email info@m-i-c-h.com or visit www.homeopathymontreal.com.

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