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September 2008

Welcome back!

Here is your first edition of the CAPS Scoop for this school year. If you are participating in on-campus recruitment, take the time to familiarize yourself with the process and the deadlines (they are quickly approaching). CAPS and its friendly staff are here to help you along the way by meeting with you, looking over your CV and cover letter and helping you prepare for interviews.

We are also pleased to announce the launch of a new feature in the CAPSScoop entitled "In the Spotlight." Each month we will feature a profile of an organization or particular industry. This is a great opportunity to explore and learn about a new area in which you might want to work.

In this issue:

Be Prepared: It's Campus Recruitment Time!
In the Spotlight: MADA Community Centre
First Things First
Graduate Studies Fairs
Career Development Workshops
Join the Mentor Program
Contact Us

Be Prepared: It's Campus Recruitment Time!

by Catherine Stace, CAPS Career Advisor

Graduating in the Spring of 2008 and interested in the areas of Consulting, Financial Institutions & Information Technology? Get ready for Campus Recruitment 2008. As a backgrounder, you may wish to read previous CAPS Scoop articles about campus recruitment (issues May 2007 and September 2006).  Remember the competition is fierce and you should be prepared to alter your schedule to better suit that of the employer. This is the time to take advantage of their availability.

Before you opt to participate, ask yourself two questions:

1) Is your candidacy strong enough to propel you to an interview?

2) Can you dedicate the time required to compete?

To help you better prepare to successfully participate in campus recruitment and be asked for an interview, consider these recommendations:

1) Research the industries and companies to better target your applications and to confirm that it is a right fit for you.

2) Attend company info sessions and career fairs.

3) Prepare targeted CVs. You may wish to attend a C.V. Writing workshop and have your CV reviewed at CAPS.

4) Create targeted cover letters that highlight your accomplishments and illustrate your industry knowledge. Double check all your cover letters for errors, especially in your contact and company names. You may wish to attend a Cover Letter Practice workshop.

5) Read up on Case Interviewing and attend a Case Interviewing Workshop.

6) Prepare for and book a mock behavioral interview at CAPS.

When attending company info sessions, there are certain etiquette rules that need to be adhered to in terms of dress, dining and networking:

• Dress for success, leave your backpack at home and turn off your cell phone.

• Do not monopolize the buffet and do not overfill your plate.

• Avoid being put in a situation where you can’t shake someone’s hand because you are holding a drink in one hand and a plate in another.

Remember that research you did on the industry and company? Well now is the time to ask some intelligent concise questions to the company representatives (Tip: do not ask about salary, benefits or vacation time). Network, mingle and leave them with a good impression.

One final piece of advice – do not wait until the deadline to apply!

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In the Spotlight: MADA Community Centre

Volunteering can be an excellent way of gaining career experience and improving your marketable skills. MADA Community Center is a local NGO that reaches out to the less fortunate here in Montreal.

MADA Community Center, whose mission is to help the less fortunate maintain their dignity and encourage them to become self-sufficient members of the community, includes a kosher cafeteria where three hot meals are served 365 days a year, a mobile cafeteria, a food bank, a furniture and clothing depot, and a community and crisis center offering individual and family support.

A volunteer-based organization, MADA is people – caring, committed, dedicated people working together to help fight the hunger, poverty and loneliness that is being felt by increasing numbers.

The rapidly escalating cost of living, cuts in social services and an uncertain economy are taking a toll on the Jewish Community. Demand for MADA’s services is at an all-time high.  For many, the rising cost of food means having to make a choice between eating and not eating, between food and medication.

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First Things First

by Alysha Kassam, IDS U1

First impressions matter, few would argue this. However, as potential employees, it can be challenging to know just how to make a positive and professional first impression. Here are some useful tips from Jan Bottomer, a career advisor at CAPS, which can help make the difference between a satisfactory first impression and an excellent one.

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McGill Faculty of Graduate Studies will be attending Graduate Studies fairs in Montreal this September!

As an undergraduate student at McGill, we hope you are considering continuing your academic career here after you graduate! McGill will be attending two major graduate fairs in Montreal this September and invite you to come see us, to ask us questions, and to speak with someone about graduate studies and admissions. Even if you are not yet sure if you want to continue your studies when you graduate, or whether or not you want to continue at McGill, it is still a good idea to see the options available and to make an informed decision for yourself.

McGill is Canada’s leading teaching and research-intensive university; Graduate studies at McGill include over 250 Masters, Doctoral, diploma and certificate programs in more than 85 fields of study.  If you are interested in Graduate Studies at McGill, a Graduate Studies Fair is an excellent way to meet representatives from the University face to face and learn about our variety of programs as well as the admissions process. 

Come to visit us on the following dates to learn more about McGill and our graduate opportunities!

September 24th, 2008, 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. - QS World Grad School Tour
Sheraton Hotel, Montreal
Website: http://www.topuniversities.com/gradschool

September 26th & 27th, 2008, 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. – Forum Franco-Québécois des Formations Supérieures
Salon Étudiant, Campus-France, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Cœur des Sciences, Montreal
Website: http://salons.campusfrance.org/montreal08/etablissements/ 

Please visit our website: http://www.mcgill.ca/gps/admissions/ to learn more about becoming a graduate student at McGill.

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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" or "Information Sessions" tab. Click on the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

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Career Development Workshops

The workshops below are only a sampling of the many taking place this month. For a full listing of all workshops 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."

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