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April 2010

Volume 12, Issue 8

Graduating? Looking for work? Consider joining the CaPS Job Finding Club

May 3 - May 14
May 25 - June 4

The premise of the CaPS Job Finding Club (JFC) is that finding employment is in itself a full-time job, which may be easier if done with a group of people. The JFC consists of a group of ten to fifteen graduating students, all of whom are seeking employment. You will have each other for support, with the assistance of a CaPS facilitator and the career advisors. It is a two-week program designed to teach you the most effective means of finding work in the field in which you want to be employed.

To register, please present yourself at the CaPS office (Brown Building, Suite 2200) with a hardcopy of the registration form and your C.V.

Still looking for that summer job? Come get some help at CaPS

There are still two "Summer Jobs" workshops left:

Thursday, April 8th
10:00 – 11:30
Room 5001

Monday, April 26th
2:30 – 4:00
Room 2007

This is your chance to meet with a CaPS advisor and get some last-minute advice.

Check out these resources in your summer job/internship hunt

Going Global is a subscription web service that provides international employment and career information. If you are interested in working and living abroad, then Going Global is an indispensable resource.

To access Going Global, click here. You must be connected to the McGill VPN.

Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas is a comprehensive and interactive website designed to help you prepare for an international career. With over 800 resources and 2200 international organization profiles, the Big Guide gives practical advice on how to start an international career and acquire international work experience.

To access the Big Guide, click here. You must be connected to the McGill VPN.

Professional Networking (ProNet)

Have you heard of ProNet, a new networking tool in myFuture?

ProNet enables current McGill students and alumni (both undergraduates and graduates) to get in touch with more experienced students and recent alumni in order to get help with their search for an internship, job, grad school or career.

For more information, click here.

* Note that ProNet is different than the McGill Mentor Program, which you might also be interested in.

YES Montreal Career Workshops

YES Montreal (Youth Employment Services) provides English-language support services to help Quebecers find employment and start businesses.

They hold a number of workshops on various topics for job seekers, artists and entrepreneurs.

To view upcoming events, click here.

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

McGill subscribes to this service and you can check it out today (you must be connected to the McGill VPN).

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.

C.V. Review and Advising 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. Please note space is limited.

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

For a listing of Advising Drop-In times, please click here. Please note space is limited.

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.

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!

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.


Looking ahead to your post-exam future? Come see the friendly staff at CaPS

We wish you much success with the exam period quickly approaching. Remember that we are here during exams and all through the summer to help you find work, apply to grad school or just think about your future.

This edition of the CaPSScoop contains tons of useful information for summer job seekers, students looking to secure graduate funding and job search tips for graduating students.

Also in this issue:

Going to Grad School? Find out how to secure funding
Important information for students interning outside of Canada and for international students interning within Canada
Job Search Dos and Don'ts

Please share your opinion with us and you could win the new Apple iPad
AIESEC Global Internship Opportunities
Allez les verts!
A Snapshot of Job Searching in China
Labour Market Information for April
Upcoming Career Fairs
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

Going to Grad School? Find out how to secure funding

by Vanessa Franco, Linda Cicuta and Gregg Blachford, McGill CaPS Staff

Every year universities, government bodies, private organizations and external institutions offer a variety of funding to help you financially survive graduate school. This article defines some of the resources available and provide a link to where you can obtain more detailed information.

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You may also wish to consider attending the workshop, Basic Introduction to Graduate Funding, targeted for undergrads, being held on April 14th from 13h30-15h30 in the Omni Hotel.

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Important information for students interning outside of Canada and for international students interning within Canada

Visa and entry requirements
Interns are responsible for informing themselves about appropriate entry and work requirements for their host country.
Students must procure proper travel visas and work permits where applicable.
Country-specific requirements can be found at: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/preparation_information/visas-eng.asp#1
It is important to begin this process early, as for many countries, it can take some time. 

Non US-Citizens interning in the US
If you are completing any internship (paid or unpaid), you require a special visa.
Many students have found the SWAP program helpful in procuring the necessary documents: http://swap.ca/out_eng/destinations/usa_internship.aspx

International students interning in Canada
You require a Work Permit if you completing an internship (paid or unpaid) in Canada. See McGill’s International Student Office for more information http://www.mcgill.ca/internationalstudents/workopportunities/offcampuswork/.  

All students interning in France require a Convention de Stage
More information about this is listed at: http://www.mcgill.ca/arts-internships/resources/convention/.

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Job Search Dos and Don'ts

by Linda Cicuta, McGill CaPS Career Advisor

The key to being successful in your job search is to start early, be prepared and be proactive. Once you are able to identify your personal strengths, skills, interests and values, and have outlined what type of job you are seeking, you can research which organizations or companies would hire someone like you. At this point, you should be able to express, in writing and in person, why you would be a good fit for an employer and, from there, you can start the networking and the application process.

[click here to read the "Dos and Don'ts"]

[also check out this short video clip by Vault Guide on Interview Dos and Don'ts]

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Please share your opinion and you could win the new Apple iPad

Are you an Arts, Science or Ag student in U2 or U3?

McGill is pleased to be participating in a national research study of student interests and attitudes regarding their careers and employers.  The report, known as From Learning to Work, will help employers better understand how to attract students and graduates while also helping us learn how to better serve you with career planning support.
All respondents to the survey are eligible to enter a draw for an Apple iPad.  
All responses will be treated as confidential and not associated with your identity in any way.

You can start the survey here: www.fromlearningtowork.ca.

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AIESEC Global Internship Opportunities

by Rachel Kattapuram, U1 Arts (English and Political Science)

Are you interested in participating in an enriching, career building experience? Eager to develop your own cultural diversity and global understanding? Looking to be a part of rich network of students and professionals around the world?  If these opportunities are just the experience you’ve been looking for, AIESEC McGill is looking for you!

AIESEC McGill, being one of the founding local committees of AIESEC established in Canada, has been serving students and companies for the past 50 years. Through our highly recognized Global Internship Program, AIESEC McGill sends students abroad for international working experiences. Furthermore, we receive international exchange participants and provide them with opportunities to live and work in Montreal.

The global internship is the most rewarding learning opportunity that AIESEC offers and is facilitated by our entire global network. Each year, we provide 7 500 students and recent graduates with the challenging opportunity to live and work in a foreign country in the areas of management, information technology, and development. While on internship, students are offered the unique experience of living, working, and integrating into a new culture, aided of course by the always-helpful AIESECers in that city. AIESEC’s extensive global network is an extremely advantageous asset for any student in an new environment.

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Allez les verts!

par Marina Gerard, Masters en Literature Française

S’il y a bien une couleur à porter ces temps-ci, c’est le vert. Et tout le monde est invité à participer à cette mode! Que ce soit sur le campus, à la maison, au travail ou en faisant du shopping au centre ville, le « concept vert » a trouvé sa place dans les moindre recoins de nos vies. Notre nouveau mandat, c’est le recyclage. Nous avons des poubelles spéciales, des sacs de recyclage, des thermos recyclés de chez Starbucks, ainsi que des matériaux recyclés. Même les Jeux Olympiques ont pris part à cette frénésie, malgré leur importation de neige qui contredit leur éthique pro-environnement.

Depuis environ dix ans, le « concept vert » bourgeonne de partout, nous implorant de sauver la planète coûte que coûte. Ce mouvement a même permis de réveiller les créateurs et designers qui sommeillaient en nous et le monde a besoin de ces idées innovatrices, afin de repayer la dette écologique. Cependant, même si nous avons une idée de ce que le « concept vert » sous-entend, dresser une liste de tous ses éléments prendrait une éternité, et ce n’est pas garanti de ne rien manquer.

En tant qu’étudiant qui termine son premier cycle universitaire, l’idée de dresser une telle liste ne me paraît pas très excitante, surtout en tenant compte de la multitude de choses utiles qu’il reste à faire en préparation du Jour J. Mais si l’on pense à cette question dans un contexte professionnel, la situation devient plus intéressante. Le secteur de l’environnement a beaucoup à offrir à de nouveaux diplômés. L’écologie est un domaine assez récent et très prospère. Les employeurs cherchent constamment des jeunes talentueux, qui désirent participer à cette aventure dynamique. Que ce soit sous forme d’un stage ou en faisant du bénévolat, il vous y sera possible d’obtenir de l’expérience de valable.

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A Snapshot of Job Searching in China

by Xi Li, Masters Student in English Education as Second Language

Discrimination Against Women in the Job Market

In China there are many other things that graduates have to worry about besides the glass ceiling. Women graduates especially face hurdles in the tight job market. According to China Daily, on November 12th 2003, they are faced with an extra obstacle as many employers dangle "Men Only" signs at job fairs.  "It is so depressing that I almost wanted to switch and become a man," said a graduate student from Renmin University of China.

In 2002, when job fair was held at Beijing's Friendship Hotel, specially tailored for female students, only five out of the 500 employers invited, presented themselves. The hearts of hundreds of job-seekers sank as they did not even get a chance to apply. Female students complain that recruiters ask more from women candidates applying for the same positions than their male counterparts. For instance, when Band-4 English language Certificate is required from male candidates, the female counterparts have to present at least Band-6 level. Likewise, when "basic writing skills" is required of men, women must achieve "professional writing skills". Other disconcerting qualifications are the ability to binge drink and wear low-cut dresses.

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Labour Market Information for April

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the regional, domestic and North American labour markets. Your feedback is welcome.

The good news:

  • More evidence of strong recovery
    Montreal Gazette, 17 March 2010
    There are indications that the Canadian economy is recovering much faster than expected. Productivity rose 1.4% in the fourth quarter, the most in 12 years, and manufacturing sales have risen for the fifth straight month.

The bad news:

  • Job seekers faced with wary employers
    Globe and Mail, 9 March 2010
    Although the economy is recovering, employers are still hesitant to take on new hires. At the same time, the public sector is experiencing layoffs and hiring freezes. Canada may not recover all jobs lost since 2008 until 2011.

  • The time between jobs is longer than it used to be
    Globe and Mail, 16 March 2010
    About 309,000 Canadians have been jobless for over six months. The average duration of joblessness hit 19.1 weeks back in February, the highest yearly average since 2000. Long-term unemployment can have negative and long-lasting effects on earning power.

  • College Hiring Outlook: Fewer Jobs for Class of 2010 (U.S.)
    Job Choices Online, February 2010
    According to a recent National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) survey, U.S. employers will be cutting new graduate hires by 7% this year. Only the Northeast has a positive outlook. The industries with the most opportunities are government, teaching and healthcare.

Other news:

Occupational highlight:

  • Occupational Therapists (NOC code 3143)
    Occupational therapists develop individual and group programs with people affected by illness, injury, developmental disorders, emotional or psychological problems and ageing to maintain, restore or increase their ability to care for themselves and to engage in work, school or leisure. They also develop and implement health promotion programs with individuals, community groups and employers.
    For 2006-2008, unemployment was very low. Trends for 2008-2012 predict a 4.9% growth rate and the outlook is good. There is a 100% placement rate and even a shortage of graduates. This profession is not vulnerable to recession.

    For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx. Contact us at caps.library@mcgill.ca for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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Upcoming Career Fairs

  • Salon Carrières et Emplois en collaboration avec La Presse
    April 7 & 8, 2010: Palais des congrès

    For more information, click here.

  • Salon Emploi de la santé et des services sociaux
    April 7 & 8, 2010: Palais des congrès

    For more information, click here.

  • Salon des carrières en technologie
    April 7 & 8, 2010: Palais des congrès

    For more information, click here.

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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."

  • Free Information Session About Teaching English as a Second Language
    April 6, 19h00-20h30: Bronfman 178

    Oxford Seminars holds frequent information sessions on campuses all across Canada and the US, where you can learn more about our course and about the exciting opportunities for teaching English abroad. These sessions are typically an hour-and-a-half in length and cover topics of interest to anyone considering teaching English overseas. There is no pre-registration required and these information sessions are free for everyone to attend.

  • Interested in Studying Medicine? Come to the Australian Medical School Seminar
    April 7, 17h30-19h00: Otto Maass 112

    Interested in Studying Medicine? Come to the Australian Medical School Seminar on Wednesday the 7th of April and learn about some of the top ranked medical schools in the world including the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne and the University of Queensland along with the premiere rural based practitioner program in Australia, the University of Wollongong. Application processes, admissions and transfer information will be covered in the presentation.

  • The Art of the Pitch: Selling Your Work
    April 7, 18h30: YES Montreal

    The Business Skills for Creative Souls workshops are designed with artists’ specific career 
    development and entrepreneurial needs in mind, and are presented by working industry 
    professionals. Each session includes time for a question and answer period, and networking is encouraged. 

    Artists like most entrepreneurs need to "sell" their work in order to get ahead, but selling requires the right tools, finesse, know-how, and a cohesive pitching strategy. Learn about the art of the pitch from our invited experts, who will help you develop the tools and techniques you'll need to sell your ideas and your work. 

    Speakers: To be announced 
    Cost: $15 

    Pre-registration is required. For more information,or to register, please call 514-878-9788 or visit us at www.yesmontreal.ca

  • Summer Jobs
    April 8, 10h00-11h30: Brown 5001
    April 26, 14h30-16h00: Brown 2007

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Learn some of the legal considerations of work in Canada as an international student; 2) Identify the primary job search steps involved in obtaining a part-time or summer job; 3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, networking; 4) Identify at least 3 leads of opportunities on and off campus.

  • 13th Annual YES Entrepreneurship Conference
    April 17, 8h00-17h00: Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 rue Mansfield

    Conference speakers include some of Quebec's top experts and entrepreneurs. For more informationa and to register, click here.

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