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Volume 11, Issue 4
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 in to 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.
New - Finding Job Opporunities Through Networking Guide
Check out the newest installment in CaPS' "how-to" guides that outlines basic networking techniques to help you find job opportunities.
You can download a copy here.
Other guides include C.V. Writing, Cover Letter Writing and Interviewing.
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.
Now is the time to start thinking about that summer job or internship
It may seem early, but as the old adage goes: "the early bird gets the worm."
Now is the time to start thinking about your summer job or internship. Beginning in January, watch out for CaPS' workshops on Summer Jobs (search myFuture for details and times).
Also consider checking out the information and resources on the CaPS website pertinent to finding a summer job.
Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!
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.
The CaPS team is happy to be wrapping up a very successful semester that was chock-full of events, including a week on Women in the World of Work, World Widewide Careers Week and working in the Federal Public Service.
If you missed out on these events, we encouage you to check out what we have planned for next semester by reading the short article below. You can also swing by the CaPS office and pick up a calendar of events starting at the beginning of January.
We wish you much success in your remaining exams and a safe and happy holiday with your family and friends.
Also in this issue:
Here is what is coming up next semester!
Job Finding Club (January 18 to 29)
Work Your BA Career Weeks (January 25 to February 5)
Diversity Week - Working in Diverse Communities (February 8 to 10)
Green WeeK - Working in the Environment (March 2 to 4)
Have you heard about the Job Finding Club?
This is a two-week program for students graduating in December designed to teach them most effective means of finding work in the field in which they want to be employed. It consists of a group of 10 to 15 graduating students, all of whom are seeking employment. You will have each other for support with the assistance of a Job Finding Club Facilitator and Career Advisors.
The CAPS Job Finding Club is sponsored by CAPS, and there is no cost to the job seeker to participate. However, students are asked to purchase the Job Search Handbook produced by CAPS ($8).
“Je n’ai jamais assez de temps " : une phrase souvent répétée. On n’a plus le temps de rendre visite à nos amis, de voir le docteur ou même de nous arrêter pour contempler un paysage. On est constamment bombardé par des dates limite à respecter. Mais quand on pense que les anciens érudits pouvaient étudier de nombreuses disciplines en même temps, on se demande s’ils n’avaient pas plus d’heures disponibles dans la journée. Evidemment pas. En effet, Malcolm Gladwell, l’écrivain canadien populaire de Blink et Outliers, propose que les personnes qui réussissent sont celles qui se concentrent sur un sujet pour 10 mille heures au cour d’une vie et qui parviennent à gérer leur stress.
Cependant, plusieurs techniques et méthodes ont été développées pour accomplir le maximum au cours d’une heure ou même d’une minute. Dans cette série d’articles, je vais adresser plusieurs domaines ayant rapport à la gestion de votre temps, tels que l’organisation de votre boite de réception, comment être plus efficace et adresser vos priorités.
On the last week of October, CaPS organised "Diversity Week," during which several successful women talked about their work and covered a range of different topics.
To wrap-up the week’s events, Professor Heather Vough was invited to host a workshop on salary negotiations, a topic particularly relevant to women. Professor Vough is an Assistant Professor at McGill’s Desautels Faculty of Management.
Why do we negotiate?
We do it all the time, whether it is to have yet another piece of chocolate or considering moving to a different country. Negotiating is a choice we make, implying simple everyday decisions or life changing ones. We negotiate not just with others, but with ourselves too. In general, women negotiate less than men.
Usually, when it comes to career opportunities, most individuals are reluctant to negotiate. Negotiating doesn’t necessarily always involve salary, but can concern additional benefits or meeting other specific needs. One of the reasons which may discourage us from negotiating may be because we fear creating a conflict or becoming too emotional. Employees may also be apprehensive of their potential employer’s (negative) perception of them if they attempt to negotiate. However, employers often expect job candidates to negotiate and are impressed with individuals who do so in a professional manner. We may also want that job so badly and feel we would be risking a great deal. Or simply, we may not know how to negotiate.
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:
The bad news:
I always wondered how networking works: Is it the smile, the touch or the need to socialize? Well, as a matter of fact, it’s all of these! When people get together, they talk about anything and everything. Networking is everywhere, and can be as simple as asking someone about the best Kebab restaurant in Montreal. How about actually benefiting from this to get your dream job or get admitted into graduate studies by sharing info, resources, time and opportunities? Did you know that 80% of people find jobs through referrals? Forget internet searches; for usually, this is an employer’s last resort. Supporting your career search through networking is indeed wise.
So start now! The earlier you start, the better off you will be. It is always interesting to get an insider’s perspective on how the real world works. If you are in your first year, volunteering in an organization or a student club is a good way to meet new people and network, provided it does not jeopardize your academic studies. Here’s one example: volunteer as a Peer Educator and get involved with CaPS. Check it out here.
The events below are only a sampling of the many taking place soon. 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."
Design: Owen Ripley