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Graduating? Looking for work? Consider joining the CaPS Job Finding Club
May 3 - May 14 (Sold out)
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
McGill Management Career Fair
McGill Technology Career Fair
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 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 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.
*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
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.
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.
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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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!
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:
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