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Published by McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)
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May 2010

Volume 12, Issue 9

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

May 3 - May 14 (Sold out)
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 apply, please present yourself at the CaPS office (Brown Building, Suite 2200) with a hardcopy of the registration form and your C.V.

Be ready for campus recruitment in September!

Graduating in the Spring of 2011? Do not be caught unprepared!

Take some time before September to polish your CV and cover letter for September applications. Employers will be on-campus in September holding company presentations and information sessions for careers in government, consulting, finance and information technology. Tip: CaPS offers CV and Advising drop-in daily!

September events come up quickly – be ahead of the game and start accessing myFuture in mid-August on a regular basis to get an idea of how you will plan for September. Also look out for Investment Banking Day and Career Fairs.

For background information on campus recruitment you may wish to read previous CAPSScoop articles on campus recruitment. (issues September 2009 & 2008).

Also mark your calendars for the following (registration will be opening in August):

Investment Banking/Investment Management Event
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 and Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Centre Mont Royal
9:00 – 5:00 p.m.

McGill Management Career Fair
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Omni Hotel

McGill Technology Career Fair
September 29 & 30, 2010
New Residence Hall

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.

Meltwater News

Meltwater News will be conducting interviews in Montreal the 10th and 11th of May so please apply now to be invited!

Meltwater News is the global leader in the field of electronic media monitoring, delivering a cutting edge Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution to more than 18,000 thousand corporate clients in more than 20 countries around the world.

We are looking for exceptional candidates for our Montreal office who are eager to pursue an extremely challenging and rewarding career as a Sales and Management Trainee in one of Europe's fastest growing companies.

Click here to read more and apply.

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.

*Business Hours: Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm (except for the following Fridays: June 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30)


Best wishes for the summer (and remember, we're open!)

With exams a fleeting memory, we wish you a good summer wherever it may take you. We encourage you to take the time to think about your future plans. Now is the time to do the research and self-assessment tests you have been puttting off.

For those of you staying in Montreal for the summer, remember that our office is open all summer long (Monday through Friday*, 9am - 5pm). Our staff would be glad to help you find that last-minute summer job or polish your CV for next year's recruiting season.

Also in this issue:

What to do after you graduate? A journey into ourselves
Grad school or not?
You Are Not Alone!

How to network
Beware of spam filters – they can block your application!
Thank you to our Peer Educators
Labour Market Information for May
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

What to do after you graduate? A journey into ourselves

by Lisa Trotto, U4 Secondary Education

What to do after you graduate? This question never burdened me before, until of course my four years at McGill abruptly came to an end in what felt like no time. It seems so simple when you’re going through the process: high school, college, university, then BOOM...career; however, coming to terms with the real world never seemed so real before, until now. Having endured excess cram-sessions, countless nights with minimal sleep and customary caffeine binges, I vowed to myself that following graduation, I would indisputably take a year off to hibernate. Effectively, I intended to reclaim what was rightfully mine: a year of lost sleep due to demanding academic requirements. While this appeared to be a good idea at the time, it is now clear that there are far more important things to worry about, such as: building professional networks, making connections, updating and finalizing resumes, researching graduate programs, and gaining letters of recommendation from the professors that we worked so hard to please...inevitably, things that cannot be done in one’s sleep.

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Grad school or not?

by Igor Milosavljevic, graduated with a Major in Economics, Minor in IDS

The question of whether you should go to grad school or not does not have a simple answer, it really depends on you and your situation.  What do you plan to accomplish?  What resources do you have at your disposal?  What are you most comfortable with?  Most counselors in High School promote the notion that a degree will improve one's prospects in life; in this line of logic, the more and the higher, the better.  Statistics do support this induction, but statistics are results removed from context; a diploma is not a key, it is not guaranteed to open any door for its beholder.

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You are not alone! McGill alumni can help you

by Carrie Armistead, Mentor Program Coordinator

Finals are over and either you are returning for another semester, going off to grad school, looking for a job, doing an internship or taking the year off etc. So many options and so little time! What if I told you that you did not have to make any of these decisions alone? Over 200 McGill Alumni have volunteered their time to help students learn more about various industries as well as make a smooth transition into the workplace. They have been in your shoes and either had a mentor(s) get them to where they are or would have liked to have had one. Many students have enjoyed their mentorship and have benefited greatly from having a mentor. 

The fun part about the McGill Mentor program is you get to choose the mentor that you would like to be matched with. There are a wide variety of mentors from various industries such as financial services, international affairs, investment banking, law practice, management consulting, marketing and advertising and pharmaceuticals. You can check-out the list of available mentors as well as make an online application by going to the following link:

Once you have been matched, it is important to be proactive so that your mentor can help you in your career development. Your first step when making contact with your mentor is to send them an introductory letter as well as an updated CV. CaPS offers multiple services that can help you to reach your career objectives. Some of the services that are: meeting with career advisors, CV drop-in, workshops and on campus recruitment, mock interviews, job listings and career education resources at the centre and on-line.

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How to network - watch this!

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Beware of spam filters – they can block your application!

by Catherine Stace, CaPSí Arts Career Advisor

Spam filters are set up to filter out unwanted e-mails but are they filtering out your CV too?

Avoid using common sales pitch adjectives – you know what they are “Free”,” Best”, “Expand” also multiple exclamation points!!!!! Look in your own e-mail spam filter for other words to avoid.

Occasionally dollar signs can trigger spam filters. This can be tricky if you want to show how much you have raised in a fundraising activity (Responsible for organizing activities that raised over $4,000 on behalf of earthquake victims in Haiti), if you use it to indicate a result (Increased monthly drop-in sales revenue by $8,000) or a scholarship amount (Canadian Maple Scholarship for Outstanding Community Leadership $5,000). Why? Dollar signs are common in sales pitch e-mails (Earn $20,000 a month and never leave your house!!!). 

Sending out mass e-mails with attachments can also set off spam filter alarm bells. Hopefully you are not doing this because at CaPS we always stress the importance of creating targeted CVs!

Search for websites that are spam filter checkers and run your application through that.

Last but not least – call to see if your application made it to the intended recipient.  This is especially true if you are not applying for a specific position – follow-up is an important step between you and the job that you want!

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Thank you to our Peer Educators

by Doaa Farid, Peer Educator Coordinator

I would like to thank our Peer Educators for their great work this year. All of them demonstrated a true commitment to serving McGill students. Our Peer Educators were a fundamental component in promoting CAPS’ mission while providing positive career assistance. Had it not been for the valuable help of our Peer Educators, CAPS’ goal to reach students would have been a more challenging task to overcome. Indeed, Peer Educators lead CV drop-ins, Outreach, workshops and exciting events this year.

I send my sincere gratitude in the name of the Career Planning Services to:

Cristina Sanchez
Jun Li
Julienne Kaiser
Cordelia Ayers
Paula Plaza  
Lynsey Grosfield
Seungbeom Hamm
Huai-Gu Song
Heidi Wat
Heng Lou
Vivian Hirsch

Qi Zhang
Sophorn Chan
Ramon Gonzalez
Roger Ren
Qian Qian Du
Yih Ling
Alysha Kassam
Evangeline Seganathy
Caitlin Grandison
Minh-Vy Le

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Labour Market Information for May

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:

  • Canada a nation of 'satisfied' workers: Survey
    Ottawa Citizen, 14 April 2010
    A recent Randstad survey shows that Canadian workers are mostly satisfied with their current jobs. Only Denmark and Norway had higher satisfaction levels

  • Online job postings up in latest survey
    National Post, 26 March 2010
    Online job postings rose in February, an indicator of a recovering labour market. Gains were especially strong in Québec and Ontario.

  • Industrie minière: 4 milliards investis d'ici 2013
    La Presse Affaires, 26 April 2010
    The Association minière du Québec and the Association de l'exploration minière du Québec released a study estimating $4 billion in investments in the mining industry by 2013.

  • 'Fair hiring climate' expected
    Financial Post, 9 March 2010
    A survey by staffing company Manpower predicts a fair hiring climate for the second quarter. Education and mining were the strongest hiring sectors.

The bad news:

  • Des immigrés qualifiés au chômage
    La Presse Affaires, 8 April 2010
    30 years ago, immigrants had a lower unemployment rate than those of native-born Canadians, but that is no longer the case. The higher the level of education, the harder it is for an immigrant to find work.

  • La biotech québécoise au bout du rouleau
    La Presse Affaires, 17 April 2010
    The biopharmaceutical industry in Québec is in decline and industry experts are at odds about how to revive it.

  • Retirement of baby boomers to slow Canada's long-term economic growth
    Conference Board of Canada, 28 April 2010
    A recent report predicts that, due to boomer retirements, there will be labour shortages between 2014 and 2030. Immigration will keep population growth stable, but not reverse ageing trends.

Other news:

Occupational highlight:

  • Specialist Physicians (NOC code 3111)
    This unit group includes specialist physicians in clinical medicine, in laboratory medicine and in surgery. Specialists in clinical medicine diagnose and treat diseases and physiological or psychiatric disorders and act as consultants to other physicians. Specialists in laboratory medicine study the nature, cause and development of diseases in humans. Specialists in surgery perform and supervise surgical procedures.

    For 2006-2008, unemployment was very low. Trends for 2008-2012 predict a 1.8% growth rate and the outlook is good. There is a 100% placement although competition is fierce. 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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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."

  • Considering a Career in the US Foreign Service? (U.S. citizens only)
    May 5, 15h00-16h30: Lev Bukhman Room, Shatner Building

    The men and women employed by the Department of State are the backbone of America's diplomacy. They represent the people and advocate the interests of the U.S. to the rest of the world. The Foreign Service (FS) is a corps of about 11,500 employees who are dedicated to representing America and responding to the needs of American citizens in other countries. Members of the Foreign Service can be sent to any embassy, consulate, or other diplomatic mission anywhere in the world, at any time, to serve the diplomatic needs of the United States.

  • Tap (and Dial) into the Hidden Job Market
    May 5, 15h00-16h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to: 1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation; 2) Identify areas in which you need to expand their list of contacts and ways by which they can grow your contact base; 3) Formulate questions you would ask at an information interview; 4) Create your own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field of interest. 

  • Networking Practice
    May 6, 11h30-13h00: Brown, Room 5001

    By attending this workshop, you will be able to: 1) Identify and modify your individual style of networking for various situations; 2) Practice your networking approach in a series of simulated scenarios; 3) Create a checklist for future networking telephone calls and / or meetings.

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