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September 2009

Volume 11, Issue 1

Advise the Advisors!

CaPS Feedback Session for Undergraduate Students

Come to tell us what you think or our services and help us better understand your career related needs. Help us make CaPS a better service!

When: Thursday, October 1 at 1pm
Where: Brown Student Services Bldg. Room 5001

Pizza and refreshments will be served.

To participate please register through the "Events" tab, followed by the "Workshops" tab in myFuture. Keyword search "Focus group."

Pick up the P.A.C.E.

Do you need help choosing a major or a career path?

CaPS, in collaboration with Counselling Services, offers the Program for the Advancement of Career Explorations (PACE).
This amazing series of four workshops includes vocational testing and a complete self-assessment. Upon completion of PACE you will be able to understand your personality type, identify your skills, interests and values, and how they relate to various occupations. As well, you will have a better understanding of the available resources and be able to create a realistic action plan with measurable goals.

P.A.C.E. is available to undergraduate and graduate students, both at the Downtown and Macdonald campuses.

To register, please go to the Career Planning Service office at either campus.

There is a fee of $15 to cover the cost of vocational testing. The session is limited to only 15 students, so register soon to ensure that you get a spot!

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.

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.

Join the Mentor Program

The Mentor Program links current McGill students with working McGill alumni. It gives you the rare opportunity to enter into a professional relationship that can help shape your career path by giving you insider information. You will have the opportunity to receive advice, build professional networks and ask any and all questions about the realities of work and life beyond the classroom.

With the McGill Mentor Program, advice is free. Sign up or get more information online at caps.mcgill.ca/ci2 or contact the Mentor Program Coordinator at mentor.caps@mcgill.ca.

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!

Considering further study?

The QS World Grad School Tour is working with McGill University to help you find the answer to the lingering question “is further study right for me?”
The World Grad School tour offers you immense benefits: the opportunity to win $1.6m worth of exclusive scholarships and meet prestigious national and international business school admissions officers plus much more…
So, why not jump start your career and gain a competitive advantage?

Click on the link below to REGISTER your attendance to join us at the QS World Grad School Tour on the September 19th in Montreal.

RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge

Businesses thrive on innovation, creative problem-solving, and well-designed solutions.

In September, RBC Royal Bank will challenge students across Canada with a real world problem to solve.

If you feel you have the creative chops to develop an idea worthy of a world-class bank, build your team and register for the RBC Next Great Innovator Challenge.

For more information, click here.

The World’s Largest Youth-Run Organization is Recruiting!

Are you interested in developing a worldwide network, going on international internships, gaining corporate exposure and having leadership opportunities? AIESEC McGill is now recruiting members for specific positions in the local chapter.

Come out to one of our info sessions on September 9, 10 and 16 at 7pm (please check our website for locations), or visit our booth at Activities Night on September 14 and 15.

Check out our website at www.aiesec.ca/mcgill, our facebook fan page (search AIESEC McGill Canada) and our twitter feed!

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.


Welcome new and returning students!

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) would like to welcome all new students to McGill and welcome back all returning students. This newsletter, entitled the CaPSScoop, is our primary publication and is designed to keep you informed about career and employment-related news, trends and events. You can expect to receive it around the 1st of every month.

Whether you are in U0 or U3, be sure to take advantage of CaPS in the year ahead. We are here to help you - whether you are trying to find a part-time job, prepare grad school applications, find post-graduation work or find out career possibilities related to your major. Click here for a full listing of programs and services.

First year students should consider checking out the P.A.C.E. Program - a great way to learn about your interests and whether you are in the right academic program.

Students in their final year may want to participate in on-campus recruitment ( especially those looking to work in Consulting, Finance, IT and Engineering).

As always, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about our services. We wish you a very successful year ahead.

In this issue:

CaPS Career Rescue Team
Fall Campus Recruitment
Fall Career Checklist for Final Year Students
Finding That Elusive On-Campus Job
Falling into Fashion
Resources to Help You Settle In
Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre: Grow and Gain Experience!
Workshops and Events
Contact Us

CaPS Career Rescue Team - on campus on Sept. 9th, 10th and 11th

Do you need help with your Resume?

Are you suffering from Format Influenza, Detail Amnesia, Information Overdose, Style-itis, Content-a-phobia?

Then by all means come to the CaPS CV clinic where you will meet one-on-one with one of our top-notch careerologists who will assist you in overcoming your CV issues!

Look for our Career Rescue Team in front of the Shatner Building on September 9th, 10th and 11th between 1:00-3:30.  Don’t forget to bring a hard copy of your CV.

For a full listing of all events offered by CaPS, log-in to myFuture. See you soon!

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Fall Campus Recruitment

Fall 2009 recruitment in the areas of Consulting, Financial Institutions, Engineering & Information Technology is here.  Find out more by attending company presentations, career fairs and reading our brochures on Campus Recruitment (ie how to search, upload documents, apply, sign up for interviews, etc.) and Career Fairs

Click here  for a schedule of recruitment campaign's deadlines and interviews. You may also want to check out the following events:

  • Investment Banking Information Day - Thursday, September 10 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. Registration is mandatory as space is limited.  For more information click here.

  • Management Career Fair - Sept 24 - Centre Mont  Royal - open to all non management students as of 1:00 pm, McGill ID required - business formal required. 

  • McGill Tech Fair - Sept 29 & 30 - New Residence Hall - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm - open to all disciplines

For a full list of career fairs click here. For a full listing of all events offered by CaPS, log-in to myFuture.

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Fall Career Checklist for Final Year Students

by Jan Bottomer, CaPS Music and Arts Career Advisor

Welcome back! If you are about to enter your final year at McGill you are likely happily anticipating the year to come and looking forward to the satisfaction and pride you will feel upon successful completion of your degree. However, you may also have a vague sense of uncertainty in the pit of your stomach when you think about what happens after graduation. Whether you have concrete career plans, a few general ideas, or absolutely no clue what life holds for you post-graduation, read on for 10 tips on how you can make the most of this fall career-wise and set yourself up well for life after McGill.

  1. Visit CaPS and make an appointment with a Career Advisor – The staff, advisors and counsellors at McGill’s Career Planning Service are here to meet with you to discuss career goals and options, to provide job search guidance, point you towards useful resources, review your C.V.’s, cover letters and applications and more. Especially if you’ve never set foot in our office and resource centre before, this fall is the time to do so!

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  2. Get to know our Websitewww.mcgill.ca/caps is chock-full of career, job search and grad school information, useful tips and resources and detailed information about our services and programs. You will also find links to our comprehensive How-to-Guides, on C.V. and Cover Letter Writing, Interviews and Networking

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Finding That Elusive On-Campus Job

by Owen Ripley, CaPS Desktop Publisher

“How do I find a part-time on-campus job?” - probably the most frequently asked question at CaPS at this time of year - offers no simple answer. Like any job search, finding an on-campus job takes hard work and dedication, especially considering the majority of on-campus jobs at McGill are never posted anywhere. 

Here are some tips to help you locate those elusive on-campus jobs.

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Falling into Fashion

by Marguerite Bravay, U1, Economics and German

It’s funny how participating in a single event can unleash an array of opportunities. When I signed up to volunteer for Montreal’s Fashion and Design Festival last June, I thought I would make friends and watch runway shows close-up. I never imagined that the experience could open my eyes to a whole new world, filled with diverse career possibilities.

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Resources to Help You Settle In

by Vanessa Franco, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

It’s the start of another school year here at McGill, and for many of you it will be your first. Here at the CaPS Resource Centre we have over 3000 items to help you develop your study and work skills, perform your best as a student, and start acquiring experience in the world of work, in addition to resources to help you apply for jobs, prepare for interviews and explore occupations. Below are some titles from our collection to help you succeed this school year and prepare for your future.

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Tyndale St. Georges Community Centre: Grow and Gain Experience!

by Irmeli Vastamaa, Volunteer Department Director

It is the beginning of the semester and you are running around tying up loose ends, shopping for classes and settling back into the semester. The last thing that you are thinking about is how you are going to beef up your C.V. in order to male yourself more employable in the job market. Well believe it or not now is the perfect time to do just that! Volunteering is one of the perfect extracurricular activities to help you develop as a person as well as gain valuable experience.  Knowing that, the next question is where do you go? There are numerous community organizations around town to explore in order to determine where you fit in. One organization worth discovering is Tyndale St. Georges.

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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."

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

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

  • One-Stop-Shopping: CVs, Cover Letters, Interviews and Action Plan
    Sept. 8, 14h00-15h30: Brown 5001

    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.

  • Investment Banking Day
    Sept. 10, 8h30-18h00: Centre Mont-Royal, 2200 rue Mansfield

    The Career Services at the Desautels Faculty of Management will host a one day Investment Banking Information Session event on September 10, 2009 from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. at the Centre Mont-Royal (2200 Mansfield, Montreal).

    This is the perfect opportunity for students interested in Investment Banking to meet top Canadian and US Investment Banking firms.

    For more information, consult the attached document.

  • Case Interviews
    Sept. 11, 15h00-16h30: Brown 5001
    Sept. 24, 15h00-16h30: Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1. Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough case interview preparation.
    2. Identify the skills an employer is assessing during a case interview.
    3. Understand and experience the process of a case interview. 

  • Working for the Federal Public Service
    Sept. 14, 12h00-13h30: Brown 5001

    The Public Service of Canada offers a variety of employment opportunities to graduates. Put your talents to work.

    The Post-Secondary Recruitment (PSR) program provides entry-level officer positions to university and college graduates. Positions are available across Canada, in a variety of fields and work environments. You may apply to individual career opportunities or to the general inventory.

    If you are interested in a career that will enable you to help shape public policy, check out the Recruitment of Policy Leaders (RPL) program. RPL is open to exceptional university graduates from all areas of study and takes into account aptitude and ability demonstrated through academic, volunteer and work experience. Middle- to senior-level positions are available.

  • Networking Practice Session
    Sept. 15, 11h00-12h30: Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Identify and modify their individual style of networking for various situations.
    2) Practice their networking approach in a series of simulated scenarios.
    3) Create a checklist for future networking telephone calls and / or meetings.

  • Mock Interviews and Networking with HR Recruiters
    Sept. 17, 16h00-18h00: CaPS Office

    Put your skills to the test! This is your chance to test your interview skills with a real HR professional. The evening will conclude with a networking event.

  • Defi Emploi Drummond
    Sept. 18 & 19, 9h00-15h00: 570 rue Saint-Amant, Drummondville

    L’événement, qui se déroulera les 18 et 19 septembre prochain à Drummondville, est une grande foire de l’emploi qui permet aux chercheurs d’emplois de rencontrer les représentants d’environ 50 entreprises qui souhaitent combler plus de 1000 postes. Nous vous invitons à visiter notre site Internet : www.defiemploidrummond.com.

  • Career Fairs 101: Be Your Best
    Sept. 21, 12h00-13h30: Brown 5001

    How do you make your mark at a career fair? How do you infiltrate the large crowds around HR recruiters? This workshop gives you tips on what to do (and not to do) at a career fair.

  • Finding Work & Volunteer Opportunities Worldwide
    Sept. 22, 11h00-12h30: Brown 5001

    This workshop will discuss the advantages of working abroad, examine the steps needed to enhance your chances of succeeding, and provide you with several resources for your a gap year or even more.

  • SSMU Volunteer Fair
    Sept. 24, 11h00-15h00: Shatner Ballroom

    Are you looking to give back to your community? Are you looking to build your resume? Are you looking to meet great people and have fun? Why not check out the Volunteer Fair put on by the SSMU Volunteer Program and the Volunteer Bureau of Montreal! Over 60 national and local non-profit organizations attend. Past years have invluded: Quebec Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club, SPCA, YMCA, AIDS Community Care Montreal, Canadian Red Cross, Alzheimer Society of Montreal, Douglass Hospital and many more.

  • International Students: Finding a Student Job
    Sept. 25, 15h00-16h30: Brown 5001

    As an international student, this workshop will provide you with the tools and resources to find a summer/part-time job that every student needs. This will help you to improve your chances of getting experience for your post-graduation job.

  • Researching Employers
    Sept. 25, 10h00-11h30: Brown 5001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1. Understand the importance of researching employers and industries 
    2. Effectively research occupation, industry and employer profiles using specialized web services, websites, databases, and directories in both print and digital formats.

  • Public Service of Canada Communications Workshop
    Oct. 6, 10h00-16h00: Palais des congrès

    Interested in communications? Student Networking Café: Workshop led by Public Service of Canada Communications Professionals

    DEALINE TO REGISTER IS SEPTEMBER 22 - click here to register.

    This workshop is intended for university students in communications or related disciplines who are interested in pursuing a career with the Public Service of Canada in such fields as: web communications; media relations; strategic communications; internal communications.

    On the program: information on the various career opportunities in communications; roundtable discussions with communications professionals; networking.

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