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December 2009

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 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.

 

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!
Graduating in December? The Job Finding Club might be for you
C’est la vie! On est pressé... Contrôle ton stress et n’en soit pas l’esclave
Salary negotiation! Can you handle it?
Labour Market Information for December
Beyond the Kebab place : Networking just for you!
Workshops and Events
Contact Us


Here is what is coming up next semester!

Job Finding Club (January 18 to 29)
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.

Work Your BA Career Weeks (January 25 to February 5)
CaPS is working with the Arts Undergraduate Society to organize over 10 events that will help students learn what career routes are possible with their BA.   McGill Arts alumni will speak about their career paths and give tips on how to get the job you’d love to have.   There will also be workshops on topics like writing a CV, job search strategies and networking for Arts students. 

Diversity Week - Working in Diverse Communities (February 8 to 10)
During this week you will have the opportunity to hear about the journey of several amazing individuals as they share their stories and fascinating experiences about working with members of diverse communities.

Green WeeK - Working in the Environment (March 2 to 4)
Your opportunity to meet people working in the environmental sector, including professionals, alumni, and labour market specialists. Learn about the issues and employment needs in this growing sector.

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Graduating in December? The Job Finding Club might be for you

by Janice Tester, Coordinator of the Job Finding Club

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).

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C’est la vie! On est pressé... Contrôle ton stress et n’en soit pas l’esclave

par Doaa Farid, CaPS Peer Educator Program Coordinator

“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.  

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Salary negotiation for women! Can you handle it?

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.

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Labour Market Information for December

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:

  • Le Québec sort de la récession
    La Presse Affaires, 27 October 2009
    Thanks to growth in the service sector over the summer, Québec’s economy is no longer in recession.

The bad news:

  • Hidden jobless cloud economic picture (VPN required)
    The Globe and Mail, 27 October 2009
    A lack of data on the number of unemployed who have exhausted their Employment Insurance frustrates economists and public policymakers.

Other news:

  • Immigrant cherche désespérément du travail
    La Presse Affaires, 22 November 2009
    The average unemployment rate for immigrants is still much higher than for other Canadians, despite provincial government initiatives to encourage immigration and the hiring of immigrants.

Occupational highlight:

  • Lawyers and Québec Notaries (NOC code 4112)
    Lawyers and Québec notaries advise clients on legal matters, represent clients before administration boards and draw up legal documents such as contracts and wills. Lawyers also plead cases, represent clients before tribunals and conduct prosecutions in courts of law. Articling students are included in this group. For 2006-2008, unemployment was very low. Trends for 2008-2012 predict a 1.1% growth rate and the outlook is good. This profession is slightly vulnerable to recession. Currently there are more graduates than the market can accommodate. In 2006, approximately 43% of lawyers and notaries were self-employed.

    For a more complete occupational profile, including interviews with practitioners, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx . Contact us mailto:caps.library@mcgill.ca for the username and password or login to myFuture https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

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Beyond the Kebab place : Networking just for you!

by Doaa Farid, CaPS Peer Educator Program Coordinator

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.  

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[You may also want to check out our newest how-to guide, Finding Job Opporunities Through Networking]

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Workshops and Events

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."

  • MMI Practice Session for Medical School Applications
    January 14, 2010, 10h00-15h00: Brown, Room 2200

    During this 1/2 hour session, students will go through 3 scenarios similar to those used during the MMI (multiple mini interview). In addition to experiencing what an MMI is really like, students will also receive feedback for each scenario and additional documents to help them better prepare for future medical school interviews.

    As space is limited, priority will be given to students who did not have the opportunity to participate in the 2009 Mock MMI Days.

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