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October 2009

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.

How to Write a Cover Letter and Networking Your Way to the Job You Want are now available online, along with our other podcasts CV Writing and How to Interview for a Job.


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 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!


Working as a telemarketer? Beware! You may be engaging in criminal deceptive telemarketing

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.


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.

 

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.

Although the majority of job opportunities are now posted on the website, applicants are encouraged to visit their site regularly as additional job opportunities may be posted throughout the year. View a full listing of the job opportunities currently available.

[click here to read about more opportunities for students and graduates with the Federal Government]

Also in this issue:

A brilliant career in the Canadian Public Service
Labour Market Information
Unexpected Rewards at the Canada Revenue Agency
Do you have a Mentor yet?
Life Sciences Career Conference - Professionals on Campus Seminar Series
Considering grad school? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fairs
Brace yourself for the Macdonald Campus Career Fair
Information Sessions
Workshops and Events
Working as a telemarketer? Beware! You may be engaging in criminal deceptive telemarketing
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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?
I did a bachelor's degree in law and graduate studies in notarial law at Université Laval.

Where did these studies take you?
I started off working in private legal practice. Shortly thereafter, when the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement was implemented, I worked with the Kativik Regional Government, which oversees Quebec's northern villages and native communities. Then came the draw to public service…

Was that the starting point of your career with the federal public service?
Yes, in 1982, with the department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. It seemed like the next logical step. I've been at the service of my fellow citizens now for more than a quarter century, since the age of 28…and despite the offers that have come along, I never considered going back to the private sector.

You've held a variety of positions within the federal government?
Yes, in about 10 different departments over the years. That's the beauty of the federal public service: there are opportunities to work from coast to coast and to take on new challenges in the various departments and agencies. Advancement, skills development and mobility are highly encouraged. In my case, this led to strategy, planning and communications jobs in Quebec, Ottawa and Montreal, working as an advisor, chief of staff, regional director, associate deputy minister and now, deputy minister. And I've had more than my share of hot files land on my desk: the Oka crisis, the ice storm, the sponsorship inquiry, to name but a few. The public service is chock-full of challenges!

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Unexpected Rewards at the Canada Revenue Agency

by Christopher Calce, Student B.Com, Accounting, Ambassador for the Canada Revenue Agency

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.

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Labour Market Information

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:

The bad news:

  • Long, jobless recovery seen, says OECD forecast, Canada's EI program among least generous
    The Montreal Gazette, 17 September 2009
    The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development predicts that the jobless rate could rise to almost 10% by late 2010, followed by a long and difficult recovery period. The jobless rate for 15-24 year olds is more than double the current adult rate. The OECD study also finds that Canada has one of the least generous Employment Insurance programs among Western developed countries.

  • August 2009 Labour Force Survey
    Statistics Canada, 4 September 2009
    The unemployment rate for students this summer was one of the highest since 1977, with 19.2% students unemployed. The hours worked by students were down as well.

Other news:

Occupational highlight:

  • Translators, Terminologists and Interpreters (NOC code 5125)
    Translators translate written material from one language to another. Interpreters translate oral communication from one language to another during speeches, meetings, conferences, debates and conversation, or in court or before administrative tribunals. Terminologists conduct research to itemize terms connected with a certain field, define them and find equivalents in another language. Sign language interpreters use sign language to translate spoken language and vice versa during meetings, conversations, television programs or in other instances.
    For 2006-2008, unemployment was below average. Trends for 2008-2012 predict 2% growth with good potential. This profession is slightly vulnerable to recessions with a good placement rate.

    For a more complete occupational profile, including interviews with practitioners, visit Career Cruising. Contact us for the username and password or login to myFuture and search for Career Cruising under Career Resources.

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Do you have a Mentor yet?

by Carrie Armistead, CaPS Mentor Program Coordinator

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. 

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Life Sciences Career Conference - Professionals on Campus Seminar Series

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:

  • Life Sciences and Business Careers – 1:00-2:00pm

  • Research Careers Outside Academia – 2:30-3:30pm

  • Management Roles in the Life Sciences – 4:00-5:00pm

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").

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Considering grad school? Plan to attend the McGill Graduate & Professional School Fairs

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.

  • McGill Graduate & Professional Schools Fair (AUS)
    October 20, 2009, 9h00-15h00: Shatner Ballroom

    For a list of participating organizations, click here.

  • McGill Graduate & Professional Schools Fair (SUS)
    November 4, 2009, 9h00-15h00: Shatner Ballroom

    For a list of participating organizations, click here.

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Brace yourself for the Macdonald Campus Career Fair

by Doaa Farid, CaPS Peer Educator Program Coordinator

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.

[click here for tips on preparing for the career fair]

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Information Sessions

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."

  • Company Info Sessions & Tours (Fall Campus Recruitment)
    Throughout October

    Dozens of company information sessions and tours are taking place throughout September and October. Check myFuture for specific details and to register.

  • Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars
    October 6, 12h00-14h00: Brown 5001

    Sonia Ziadé, McGill ‘00, a representative from The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars will be on campus. Come to an information session to learn about internships and academic seminars. Learn more about opportunities for all majors in Washington, D.C. and abroad.

  • University of Toronto - Mississauga (MMPA Program)
    October 7, 11h00-13h00: Brown 2007

    The Master of Management & Professional Accounting (MMPA) Program is a graduate business program primarily designed for non-business undergraduates interested in pursuing a career in professional accounting. The Program consists of five academic terms with two co-operative work terms in a professional accounting environment. 

  • Peace Corps Info Session
    October 20, 15h00-17h00: Brown 5001

    For more information on the Peace Corp go to http://www.peacecorps.gov.

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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."

  • Finding and Obtaining the Ideal Internship
    October 5, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Identify the reasons for wanting to do an internship and set goals to assist in the decision making process; 2) Identify the steps involved in obtaining an internship; 3) List websites and databases specifically used for locating internships.

  • SWAP Info Session
    October 6, 18h00-19h00: McGill Voyages Campus
    October 19, 12h00-13h00: Concordia Hall Building
    October 22, 18h00-19h00:
    McGill Voyages Campus
    October 29, 18h00-19h00: McGill Voyages Campus

    Please RSVP to mcgill@voyagescampus.com.

  • One-Stop-Shopping: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
    October 8, 10h00-11h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to: 1) Compose a more effective and tailored CV; 2) Define the essential components of a cover letter; 3) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation; 4) Identify the best forms of verbal and non-verbal communication in order to conduct themselves in a professional manner before, during and after an interview; 5) Understand the importance of an action plan which includes identifying the eight steps that guide the career planning process and which of those steps needs development.

  • Planifiez votre recherche d’emploi en 3 étapes
    October 13, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    Apprenez comment formuler les informations pertinentes à inclure dans votre CV et dans votre lettre de présentation. Découvrez les nouvelles tendances en termes de contenu et de mise en page. Et finalement, préparez-vous pour l’entrevue de sélection.

  • How to Apply to Grad School
    October 15, 10h30-12h00: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to identify the process and application components of applying to grad school; describe how to research potential schools and programs they would like to apply to; and use the general tips provided to enhance their future applications.

  • Finding Work & Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide
    October 19, 15h00-16h30: Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to Identify some of their reasons and preparedness for going overseas; list at least 3 international skills they already possess; effectively research programs such as youth exchanges, internships, professional exchanges, teaching abroad opportunities, volunteer, and independent work and travel programs, and summer opportunities; and understand the steps in the international hiring process

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