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Volume 11, Issue 2
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 that 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.
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).
New CaPS Podcasts
CaPS is proud to announce its third and fourth podcasts.
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.
Become a fan of the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) on Facebook as an extra way to stay informed about the latest CaPS events!
Each year, students and others searching for employment are hired as telemarketers. Telemarketing is a legitimate and important industry in Canada. However, some companies engage in fraudulent or deceptive telemarketing. Those engaged in deceptive telemarketing, including recently hired students, could be liable to criminal charges under both the Competition Act and the Criminal Code. Those convicted could face significant fines and jail terms of up to 14 years.
Click here for the Top 10 Signs of a Deceptive Telemarketing Operation.
Studying Abroad in Winter 2010?
Be prepared! Attend a University-wide pre-departure orientation session on Monday, October 5th at 5PM.
For more information and to RSVP, click here.
Learning, Engagement & Action in Diversity (LEAD)
The McGill Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office is looking for students who are interested in exploring topics of diversity and social justice, e.g., sexual identity, disability, race, and ethnicity in small discussion groups with their peers. Our goal is to create a safe and encouraging environment for learning and sharing based on mutual respect for each individual's experience—and of course, to have fun! After completing these learning circles, students will go on a wonderful weekend retreat and then have the opportunity to develop a project based on their interests in the winter semester!
Participants choose one day (either Wednesday or Thursday between 4-6pm) and commit to attending a series of workshops every other week in order to build a sense of trust and safety between participants as they explore the concepts. This year LEAD is slightly different in that we’ve reserved 4-6pm Wednesday and Thursday throughout the semester for LEAD-related activities, even on non-workshop days. This means even if you miss sessions, you can still stop by at the same time the following week for whatever activity is planned. And don’t worry—we know that you are students!! So while we’d love 100% attendance, we recognize that you are incredibly busy so we are quite flexible if you need to miss a couple of sessions throughout the semester.
For more information, click here.
Permanent Residency Information Sessions
Come hear from Immigration Quebec officials on how the application process for permanent residency works.
For dates, times and to register, please click here.
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.
Are you interested in serving the Canadian public by working for the Federal Government? Don't miss out! Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) runs until October 8th and hundreds of jobs are available
If you are thinking about working for the federal government or simply curious about how what it would be like, October is the month for you!
Public Service of Canada Job Fair
Public Service of Canada Job Fair will be taking place on October 6, 2009 at the Palais de Congres in Montreal from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. It is an excellent opportunity to learn about the various departments and agencies. Make sure you are dressed in your best business casual and that you make a good impression while you are passing out your polished CV.
At the fair, you will: discover the vast choice of careers in the public service of Canada; find the federal departments and agencies for which you would like to work; obtain information about job openings in the short and medium terms and opportunities of internship; improve your chances of finding employment in the public service of Canada; get answers to your many questions concerning salaries and benefits, measures in place to help employees strike a balance between work and their personal lives, advancement opportunities, bilingualism and training programs.
Increase Your Chances of Getting a Job in the Federal Public Service is a workshop that will be hosted by the Public Service Commission as part of the Canada Public Service Job Fair at various times throughout the day.
Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign
The Post-Secondary Recruitment Campaign (PSR) has been launched and ends on October 8th. It provides entry-level officer positions to university and college graduates. Positions are available across Canada, in a variety of fields and work environments. Job opportunities are posted on the website.
Make sure you attend CV drop-in as well as make an appointment with a career advisor within your faculty for a mock interview. Look at the reminders and tips for applying and if you need help you can book an appointment with a career advisor for extra advice and tips.
Also in this issue:
A brilliant career in the Canadian Public Service
He served his fellow citizens and followed his passions. After 27 years in the Canadian Public Service, Guy McKenzie, Deputy Minister and President of Economic Development, is turning to young people to persuade them to believe in their dreams.
What did you study in university?
Where did these studies take you?
Was that the starting point of your career with the federal public service?
You've held a variety of positions within the federal government?
My name is Christopher Calce. I am currently a second-year management student, majoring in Accounting. I am writing to you, students of McGill, to talk to you about my experience at the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) with the hope that my journey may intrigue you enough to consider the CRA as your future employer.
The adventure started in November of 2007, when someone I knew at the CRA provided me with the link to apply for a summer internship. I applied, and several months later I received an e-mail informing me that I had the necessary scholastic background and could now proceed to the second step: the exams. Skip ahead several months, and after two exams and one interview, I received a phone call telling me that I got the job and was now a civil servant of the Canada Revenue Agency.
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:
McGill CaPS has one of the best kept secrets! It doesn’t have to be that way any longer. Now is your chance to learn how to get a mentor and get connected with McGill Alumni. Currently we have mentors from very diverse industries such as accounting, biotechnology, government administration and relations, international affairs, law, media, medicine, pharmaceuticals and many more. McGill mentors are past graduates and they volunteer their time to help students make the transition into the workplace. They are friendly and informative and genuinely want to see their mentees succeed.
Are you in Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry or any of the life sciences? Register now for the Life Sciences Career Conference: Professionals On Campus set for October 7th in the Brown Building, Room 3001. Seating is limited for the three seminars, so don’t hesitate.
This is an excellent opportunity to meet professionals who represent some of the career options you can have in the life sciences.
Come and listen to one or all three of the following seminars:
For a list of speakers, including their bios, and to register, go to myFuture (click on the "Events" tab, then the "Workshops/Panels" tab and keyword search "Life Sciences").
Considering Graduate School? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fairs to start researching potential graduate schools or programs. The Graduate & Professional School Fairs are a great way to connect with a large number of schools right here on campus! Meet representatives from programs in a wide variety of disciplines, who can provide the latest on admission requirements, fellowship opportunities, and other key information.
This year, for the first time, both the Arts Undergraduate Society and the Science Undergraduate Society are working together in conjunction with the Career Planning Service to offer two graduate and professional fairs which will target all students from across all disciplines. These events will take place on 2 separate dates and students from all disciplines will be invited to attend both fairs.
Need help preparing for grad school? Consider attending our workshop on How to Apply to Grad School.
Looking for your dream job? Not finding employers who will give you a chance? Well, here is an opportunity you definitely don’t want to miss. The McGill Macdonald Campus Career Fair, taking place on October 29th, is an opportunity to have employers come knocking at your door. Career fairs are an excellent place to make an impression on several potential employers in a short period of time. All students are invited to have an informal meeting with a vast array of employers who are targeting students from disciplines represented at Macdonald Campus; ranging from Environmental Care to Engineering. Taking the time to prepare for such an event is crucial, for doing so will enhance your chances of landing an interview or job offer virtually on the spot.
Last year’s career fair, featured over 30 employers! But before you head out there, make sure you follow these beneficial steps, and you will definitely see the difference.
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 "Information Sessions" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."
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."
Design: Owen Ripley