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January 2011

Volume 12, Issue 5

Join our NEW CaPS LinkedIn Group!

Our  group is designed to help you build a solid career-focused online network and to exchange job search experiences. You will also benefit from the career education expertise of the qualified staff at CaPS and have the opportunity to view information regarding job search strategies and networking events. CaPS also invites McGill faculty, advisors and other staff members interested in helping students with their career-related endeavors.

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.

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 Advancement of Career Explorations (PACE). This amazing series of four workshops includes vocational testing and a complete self-assesment. 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.

There is a fee of $20 to cover the cost of vocational testing. Each session is limited to only 25 students, so register soon to ensure that you get a spot!

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

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.

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 within it 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.

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.



Need help coming up with a New Year's resolution? How about START PLANNING YOUR CAREER! It's an easy resolution to keep: CaPS provides you with all the advice, resources, and events that you need to get your rear in gear.

For those of you that want a head start planning your career, the CaPSScoop is the first place to look! Check out this month's listings of company info sessions, career fairs, and workshops to get an idea of what we have to offer.

If you have any questions, drop by one of our offices. We are always happy to help you!

In this issue:

What can CaPS do for you?
Just Graduated? Join the Job Finding Club!
Using LinkedIn to your Advantage
Dobson Cup 2011 - McGill Business Plan Start-Up Boot Camp
Career Preparation
Valider son choix de carrière
Labour Market Information Report
Company Info Sessions and Tours
Career Fairs/Career Days
Workshops. Panels. and Events
Contact Us

What can CaPS do for you?

CaPS Can Help You To:

  • Map out your future career.  We help everyone from First Years to graduating students and beyond; the sooner you seek us out, the better.   Our Career Advisors can help you create a multi-year career plan and help avoid a last-minute job search scramble.

  • Do your research.  We are not going to place you in a job, but we do offer a vast array of resources to help you find your way.  Check out our Career Resource Centre and website.

  • Explore what you can do with your major.  We can help you research your desired career and/or industry and investigate individual companies and graduate schools.  Or, if you are uncertain, we offer the PACE Program which helps students to decide what career best suits their passions, skills and experience.

  • Perfect the skills you will need to find a job.  Take advantage of our many workshops and our one-on-one advising by appointment or come in during our drop-in hours.  We can help you with assessment tools, self evaluation, research, CV writing and review, cover letters, interviewing skills and much more.

  • Find internships, summer jobs, part-time and full-time jobs.  Use “myFuture”, our job search and career tool suite

  • Connect with McGill alumni.  We also bring in McGill alumni to expose you to a variety of careers. This provides you with opportunities to network with alumni which can be a powerful tool for finding a job. We also have the McGill Mentor Program.

  • Practice your interview skills.  We offer interview workshops and mock interviews.  We can even videotape you during a simulated interview and offer feedback.  These critiques help you to learn how to become better at interviewing so you will do better in the “hot seat” during a real interview.

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Register Now for the Mini Job Finding Club! (Feb 7-11)

by Janice Tester, Job Finding Club Coordinator

Graduated? This is for you!

Have you Heard about the Job Finding Club?

This normally two-week program which has been condensed to a one week program for students that are graduating soon or who just graduated. It is designed to teach them effective means of finding work in the field in which they want to be employed.  It consists of a group of 10 to 15 graduating students, all of whom are seeking employment.  You will have each other for support with the assistance of a Job Finding Club Facilitator and Career Advisors.

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Using LinkedIn to your Advantage

By Linda Cicuta, Career Advisor

Most people you know are on Facebook.
--But how many do you know who are on LinkedIn?
Companies and organizations are now advertising themselves on Facebook.
--But did you know they recruit on LinkedIn?

By definition you could say that Facebook is the way to get socially connected and LinkedIn is the way to get professionally connected (and by ‘connected’ I mean building your network). If you want to get the low down on the people you know, find out their latest movements and see their most recent photos, then Facebook is the place to go to.  But if it’s a job you’re looking for or you’re trying to find out more about a company or particular profession, then LinkedIn is where you should be. There are more than 40 million professional member profiles across all industries, along with literally thousands of recruiters searching for talented individuals across the globe.

Before you race and join this vastly growing network, there are a few things to consider. First you need to ensure you build a flawless profile. Unlike Facebook where you want to share your personal quirks and latest adventures, your profile on LinkedIn should have a professional focus and include your education, experience, skills, and most importantly, what you’re looking for. Basically it’s like what you have on your CV.

Once you’ve done this, you should get your unique LinkedIn URL and include it on your actual CV. This way if a potential employer wants to see your electronic footprint (as I like to call it) they’ll be more compelled to go there.  Not to say they won’t check out your Facebook profile as well -so be sure you’re not tagged on any photos that may be misunderstood - but with LinkedIn they will get to see that you are taking your job search and career choices seriously.

LinkedIn offers great tutorials on how to navigate through the site and how to create a good profile, so check out their learning centre at http://learn.linkedin.com. Once you’ve become comfortable with it (sort of like how you are now with Facebook) you’ll see how many resources it has which will help you, one being the ‘discussion boards’. These discussions, sort of like ‘tweets’ and ‘updates’, are your main ways of connecting to people, learning and sharing ideas, and basically helping each other out.

You can also ‘recommend’ individuals you know and get their ‘recommendations’ in return. This is like receiving a good reference letter online. That way if a potential employer is checking out your profile and you have several ‘recommendations’, they’ll feel more comfortable contacting you.

So my advice to you is get set up on LinkedIn (open your account and build your profile to at least sixty percent), join the CaPS LinkedInGroup and start building your professional network and creating a positive electronic footprint!

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Dobson Cup 2011 - McGill Business Plan Start-Up Boot Camp

Jan. 28, 2011 - 8:45 AM to 5:00 PM

The Dobson Cup is an annual McGill entrepreneurial competition with prizes totaling $15,000! 

Students from all faculties are encouraged to compete even if they have no prior knowledge of business what-so-ever. This is where the Start-Up Boot Camp comes into play.

Friday, January 28th in room 151 (Desautels), will be a day consisting of a networking lunch, break-out sessions, and interaction with judges and past winners, the Start-Up Boot Camp is meant to be an introduction to the competition and so having a business idea is not necessary!

Whether you already have an idea, any skill, or just an interest in learning about start-up businesses, you are more than welcome to attend!

Register on myFuture at https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ (go to Events, then Workshops, and keyword search "Dobson"). Deadline for registration is Tuesday, January 25th.

Places are limited!

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Career Preparation 

by Corina E. Sferdenschi (BSc. Psychology)

Career choice is anything but an easy endeavour, however, it can be very rewarding when done properly. How does one adequately prepare for a career? The first question anyone needs to ask themselves is what kind of a career they see themselves in. The most important thing to remember is that careers are not necessarily related to what you like to do but rather what you see yourself as able to do. One may like litigation and may think about becoming a lawyer but to become one, certain skill sets and personality types are required.

One of the most lucrative actions a student can take is to volunteer or take up an internship in the field(s) they most likely see themselves in. Talk to professionals in the field; ask many questions about working hours, a day in the life of, pay and possibilities of advancement. Ask them how they balance out family life and career and what led them to choose this path in life. Last but not least don’t forget to inquire about skill sets and qualities a person needs to have in order to succeed in that field.

One important factor to remember is that some people love competitive environments and being on edge eight hours a day, while others prefer more quiet environments where they get to do their job without constant deadline pressures. Everyone is different and everyone must discover what works for them. The key word is to experiment with the ideas you have in mind and do get as informed as possible on the path you want to choose in life. Your undergraduate years are the perfect time to do this because it is a time of discovery, learning and experimentation.

Don’t forget to check out the Career Planning Services at McGill University located in the Brown Student Services Building on McTavish street for all the latest information about career preparation or check out the website at http://www.mcgill.ca/caps.

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Valider son choix de carrière

Liliana Rizzuto, M. A. Langue et littérature françaises

L’inscription dans un programme universitaire relève d’un choix de carrière, certes, mais rien n’indique que choix soit définitif. En fait, l’indécision subsiste fréquemment bien au-delà du premier trimestre et elle conduit parfois, voire souvent, à des changements de programme ou à des abandons. Qu’il s’agisse d’une hésitation vocationnelle quant à ses intérêts et ses habiletés, ou encore d’une méconnaissance des perspectives d’emploi dans un domaine donné, il importe de savoir qu’il existe de nombreuses possibilités d’exploration professionnelle. Parmi ces dernières, je retiens une option tout particulièrement accessible aux nouveaux étudiants, et qui m’a personnellement permis de réorienter mes études après ma première année de baccalauréat : l’atelier « What can I do with my studies in… ».

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Labour Market Information Report

by Lisa Lin, CaPS Career Resource Consultant

This monthly bulletin aims to inform you of major news and trends in the Québec, Canada and U.S. labour markets. Your feedback is welcome caps.library@mcgill.ca.

In this issue:

  • U.S. unemployment benefit applications dropped to the second-lowest level in 2010

  • Canada’s jobless rate increased as many discouraged workers exit the job market

  • More working women than men in Canada but obstacles remain in their quest for career equality

  • Occupational highlight: Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts

  • And more!

[to view this bulletin, click here]

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Company Info Sessions and Tours

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."

  • UBS Securities Canada Inc.
    January 10, 11:30-1:00pm, Bronfman, Nabisco Rm. 620

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board / L'Office d'investissement du RPC
    January 10, 5:30-7:00pm, Bronfman, Greeniaus Rm. 625

  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG) - Canada
    January 11, 11:30-1:00pm, Bronfman, Nabisco Rm. 620

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CIBC)/Banque Canadienne Impériale de Commerce(CIBC)
    January 11, 6:00-8:00pm, Faculty Club, Ballroom: 3450 McTavish Street

  • Barclays Capital
    January 12, 5:30-7:00pm, Bronfman, Nabisco Rm. 620

  • Credit Suisse
    January 13, 11:30-1:00pm, Faculty Club, Ballroom: 3450 McTavish Street

  • BMO Capital Markets
    January 13, 5:30-7:00pm, Bronfman, Nabisco Rm. 620

  • Goldman Sachs & Co.
    January 17, 11:30-1:00pm, Bronfman, McKee Lounge: Room 600

  • McCain Foods (Canada)
    January 18, 11:30-1:00pm, Bronfman, Greeniaus Rm. 625

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Career Fairs/Career Days

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 "Career Fairs/Career Days" tab. Select the event you would like to attend and click on "RSVP."

Get ready for "Work Your BA Week" this January.  The AUS in collaboration with CaPS and the Dean of Arts Development Fund is bringing you a series of panel discussions and workshops to show you and everyone else what you can do with your degree.

Monday January 17, 11:30-2:30 -- Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, January 18, 11:30-2:30 -- Journalism
Wednesday, January 19, 11:30-2:30 -- PR, Marketing and Communication
Thursday, January 20, 11:30-2:30 -- Finance, Banking and Business
Friday, January 21, 11:30-2:30 -- Not for Profit

Monday, January 24, 5:30-8:00 -- Creativity, Design, and Technology
Tuesday, January 25, 5:30-8:00 -- Working in the Public Sector

Monday, January 17, 4:30-6:00 – Job Search Strategies for BA Students
Thursday, January 27, 12:00-1:30 – Next Steps: Action Plan & Tools to Work Your BA

  • Music Career Week
    January 17-21, 2011

Come to Music Career Week to get savvy about promoting yourself professionally, to find out about legal issues musicians need to be aware of, and to learn ways to organize your career development and practical steps you can take now to move towards your career goals. Stay tuned for workshop details in the New Year!

  • SUS Academia Week
    January 24-28, 2011

SUS is having its annual Academia Week starting January 24th, 2010.
Check their website for workshop and event details at www.mcgillsus.com.

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Workshops, Panels, 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."

  • P.A.C.E. Macdonald Campus Session
    January 11, 1:00-4:00pm, Mac Campus

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    January 17, 3:00-4:30, Brown 3001

  • Medical School Applicants: It’s all about the interview
    January 19, 10:00-11:30am, Brown 3001

  • Annual McGill Internship Info Session
    January 19, 1:00-2:00pm, Leacock 232

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    January 20, 3:00-4:30pm, Brown 3001

  • Workshop #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    January 24, 11:00-12:30, Brown 3001

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    January 25, 1:00-2:30pm, Brown 3001

  • PACE - Session 5
    January 26, 2:00-4:30pm, Brown 3001

  • Where to find Internships: Test the Waters
    January 26, 10:00-11:30am, Brown 3001

  • SWAP Info Session
    January 26, 2:00-3:00pm, Concordia Hall Building, RM 771

  • Interview Preparation Workshop
    January 27, 1:00-2:00pm, Leacock 232

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    January 28, 10:00-11:30am, Brown 3001

  • Where to find Summer Jobs: Beat the Heat
    January 28, 2:00-3:30pm, Brown 3001

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