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Vol. 14, Issue 9
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

Check out the latest discussions on our CaPS Linkedin group!

The McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS) and Alumni Exchange group invites McGill students and alumni to connect with one another within this forum.

Join us online as we help you build a solid career-focused network and exchange job search experiences.

Become 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!
Follow CaPS on Twitter!

Follow us for some of the best career related tips and resources!
CaPS Acquisitions Update

Check out our new career books and resources to help you to plan and get your dream career.
You may borrow the following books or resources at CaPS, Brown Student Services Building (room 2200)

Student Career Stories on the CaPS Website!

Looking for post-graduation advice? Wondering what job search strategies and tips other McGill grads have found helpful? Check out CaPS Career Stories.

If you would like to share your own “Career Story” please contact Jan Bottomer

Vault Guide (Career Insider)

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).
Going Global

The leading provider of country specific career and employment resources for individuals interested in working outside of their home country.
Expert advice for finding jobs abroad. 80,000+ country and city career resources. Worldwide internship and job listings.
Website: Going Global
Must access the site via McGill's Virtual Private Network (VPN).

The Big Guide to Living and Working Overseas

The authoritative guide on international careers.
3,000+ career building resources. Career directories. International skills inventory.
Once you are logged in, click on the “The BIG Guide” menu link to access information.
Website: The BIG Guide to Living & Working Overseas
Registration with your McGill email is required.
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.

For other career centres on campus, click here.
Join the McGill Mentor Program

The McGill 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

CaPS Advising Drop-In

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.

CV Drop-In Times

Wednesday: 2:00-3:00
Thursday: 10:00-11:00
Friday: 11:00-12:00

Please note space is limited.

General Drop-In Times

Tuesday: 3:00-4:00
Wednesday: 3:00-4:00
Thursday: 11:00-12:00
Friday: 2:00-3:00

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.

May 2012: Preparing For Next Year

On behalf of our team here at CaPS we would like to wish you a wonderful summer! This final edition of the CaPSScoop for the 2011-2012 academic year is all about preparing for next year. Whether you are graduating and looking for work and new experiences, heading into your final year and applying to grad school or heading into U1 or U2, this Scoop will have you well on your way to preparing for next year! 2012 Graduates please note you that you have full access to CaPS after you graduate for one year and access to myFuture for life.

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. *Fridays between June 21 – Aug 3 CaPS office will be closed.

Inside this issue:

Congratulations Class of 2012!
Job Finding Club
Heather’s Picks: Heading into your Final year in September?
So You Want To Work In PR?
Green Careers Week: Preparing for Internships
Top Tips for 2012 Graduates
Business Boot Camps: Making Summer Work For You
Be ready for campus recruitment in September!
Hats off to our 2011-2012 Bloggers and A big welcome to our NEW Summer Blogger!
Lisa's Corner
Labour Market Information


Congratulations Class of 2012! We would like to send you our warmest regards on behalf of the Career Planning Service (CaPS) and Development and Alumni Relations (DAR).  Your hard work, dedication and perseverance have paid off; you should be very proud of your accomplishments.

Have you heard about the Job Finding Club? Click here for details.

This is an intensive two week program for students who will be graduating this spring.   It is designed to teach you effective means of finding work in your field of interest faster than if you were on your own.  The group is composed of 10 to 15 graduating students, all of whom are immediately seeking employment.  You will have each other for support with the assistance and guidance of a Job Finding Club Facilitator and all our Career Advisors.

Heather’s Picks: Heading into your Final year in September?

My final year at McGill has definitely been the most work and the most fun! Stepping into your final year can be overwhelming and stressful if you do not plan for it properly. Here are some tips for those of you entering your final year in September:

  • Have a Plan: Whether you are thinking of applying to graduate school, taking a gap year, travelling or teaching English abroad after your final year, it is important to have a plan. Begin browsing websites over the summer months, take prep courses, stop by CaPS and dive into our resource library: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/resource-centre/ . Write down deadlines; make a list of cover letters, applications and personal statements you need to write. Having a plan will allow you to not feel overwhelmed once September begins. Book an appointment with a Career Advisor over the summer or the first day of classes to make sure you are on track!

  • Manage your Time: Once classes start it can be so easy to let deadlines slip past you. So make sure you manage your time! Setting aside 2 hours a week to fill out applications, contact organizations and network can make a huge difference. Don’t put things off until the last minute; it will likely weaken your application. If you know that you have a deadline in 2 weeks and you need to have something reviewed book an appointment with a CaPS advisor early to ensure that you can be seen and have time edit your applications.

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So You Want To Work In PR?

I didn’t always know I would have the job that I do now, but this career path serendipitously found me. While a part of all job-hunting involves luck, it always helps to be prepared and have a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Here are a few lessons I’ve learned along the way to my career. Some of these things I planned for… but most of these I only realized in retrospect.

  1. Know your transferrable skills.
  2. Public relations is one of those industries that focuses recruitment on relevant work experience, rather than purely on academic achievements. What recruiters generally look for are transferrable skills, or evidence of how all your experiences (academic included) combined can or has been utilized to cultivate the skill set required for a PR professional.  Ideally, they would want to see that you’ve exceled at job/internship before by combining your research and writing skills from your history courses, as well as your event planning skills from your work at a student club. If you haven’t had that kind of work experience yet, recruiters would want to see that at the very least, you understand how the skills you have would play into a career in public relations.

Green Careers Week: Preparing for Internships
Victor Lam, Bachelor of Arts & Science, Major in Sustainability, Science and Society U1

On Wednesday March 14 three professionals in environment-related fields offered career advice to students interested in pursuing similar careers after graduation. Green Careers Week is a three day annual event organized by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPs). Growing each year, this year’s event featured over 15 different NGOs and over a dozen speakers from the field of environment.

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Top Tips for 2012 Graduates
Ron McGowan is the author of the international bestseller “How to Find WORK in the 21st Century”, currently in use at over 400 colleges and universities worldwide.


Clean up your online presence.
The first thing employers will do is to see what they can find out about you on the Internet. Are you ready for that? They may look at your Facebook page during the interview. Are you ready for that?

Look for WORK, not a JOB.
Don’t scare off employers by communicating that you’re looking for a job and all the traditional benefits that go with it. Make it easy for them to hire you by making it clear that you are happy to accept part-time, temporary, or contract work. If you are equipped to work from home, tell them that too. It may appeal to them.

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Business Boot Camps: Making Summer Work For You

Candice Olson, Co-Founder of Fullbridge

As convocation approaches, many soon-to-be graduates and forward-thinking undergraduates are planning for the future by enrolling in summer business boot camps like The Fullbridge Program, an intensive, four-week business and professional education program. Designed to help bridge the gap between academics and the professional workplace, The Fullbridge Program can help McGill students develop professional skills and gain an edge as they launch their careers.

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Be ready for campus recruitment in September!

Graduating in the Spring of 2013? 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.

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.
To help you better prepare to successfully participate in campus recruitment and be asked for an interview, consider these recommendations:

  • Research the industries and companies to better target your applications and to confirm that it is a right fit for you.
  • Prepare targeted CVs and have your CV reviewed at CAPS.
  • Read up on Case Interviewing

Also mark your calendars for the following (registration will be opening in August):

Company Info Sessions (Investment Banking, Consulting, IT, etc)
September 5 - October 12, 2012
Check out myFuture for full details on Dates, Times, and Locations

McGill Management Career Fair
September 21, 2012
Centre Mont Royal

McGill Technology Career Fair
October 3 & 4, 2012
New Residence Hall

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Hats off to our 2011-2012 Bloggers and A big welcome to our NEW Summer Blogger!

CaPS would like to say a big thank you to our 2011-2012 bloggers: Anastasia Dikareva, Andrew Stevenson, Corina Tudose, Linnea Osterberg, Ryan MacDowell, and Tracey Regimbal!!

Your submissions on life at McGill from a career building perspective have been educational, entertaining and enlightening. We appreciate how you shared your experiences with the McGill community and sincerely wish you all a wonderful summer!

CaPS is also happy to have it’s first Summer Blogger, Divya Pahwa.

Currently a 3rd year student in Sociology and Marketing, she has spent 3 months working with Jaipurian-village women in local politics. She was inspired by the ladies there to examine the status of women in the Canadian labour force. Divya hopes to shed some light on new issues, and dispel any misconceptions, about this topic by looking at the evidence available and understanding what it is actually saying.

Check out her upcoming weekly blogs, starting May, at blogs.mcgill.ca/caps.

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Lisa's Corner

Are you looking for entry level jobs or summer jobs?

TalentEgg (http://talentegg.ca/) is Canada’s career hub for students and new graduates looking for student jobs, entry level jobs, summer jobs and internships. The site also provides resources for graduates to find courses or programs for further education, and career guides to help students to get from school to work. You may also scroll down to the bottom of the site to find jobs by type, by popular cities and provinces. The section “career incubator” (http://talentegg.ca/incubator/) is an online career magazine that contains many useful articles on topics such as summer jobs, resume help and more.

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Labour Market Information


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

  • The city of Regina has the lowest unemployment rate and the fastest economy growth
  • Canada’s youth jobless rate a staggering 14.7 per cent – almost double the national figure
  • Occupational highlight: Geologists, Geochemists and Geophysicists
  • And more!

The good news

Regina outpaces the rest of the country
The Globe and Mail, 06 April 2012
With the strongest economy and lowest unemployment, Regina enjoys an unprecedented job boom.

U.S. jobs claims fall to lowest since 2008
The Globe and Mail, 05 April 2012
The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits fell to the lowest level since April 2008.

La création d'emplois a atteint un sommet en mars
La Presse, 05 April 2012
After months of stagnation and job loss, Canada welcomes 82,300 new workers in the workforce.

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  • Drop-in sessions for international students
    May 2, 2:00pm-4:00pm - Brown 3215
    International Student Services will be hosting a drop-in session during which international students can come by their office to ask questions about immigration. 

  • Start Your Own Business Seminar Series
    May 8th-29th, 6:30pm-8:30pm - 666 Sherbrooke St West, 7th Floor

    Tuesday evenings from May 8 to 29 This four-week seminar is suitable for both novice entrepreneurs and those wishing to increase their business knowledge. Professionals and specialists in the field will teach participants the theories behind starting a business. COST $65

    For more information or registration: 514-878-9788

  • Social Media Education Series
    May 9th, 15th, and 23th, 5:30pm-7:30pm
    Cost: $199
    Register at: https://www.ometz.ca/event/registration/social-media-education-series-ometz-2503/

    This series is comprised of three sessions that will teach you the basics of social media marketing.

    The sessions are designed with both job seekers & employees in mind.
    They will allow you to:
       • Devise, plan and execute social media marketing strategies & campaigns
       • Effectively use social media tools (Blogging – Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn)
       • Add new concrete skills to your CV
       • Be more at ease in the 'social media' game

    The three sessions are part theory and part hands-on. CT Moore, a marketing strategist, and Lesley Bishin, a blogging specialist, will be conducting the sessions.

  • Speed Networking - An Original Networking Opportunity! (Vancouver alumni branch)
    May 10th, 6:00pm-8:30pm - Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, 645 Howe Street
    Vancouver, British Columbia

    Join us on May 10 for an original networking opportunity, an informal yet structured event designed to connect Vancouver area McGill graduates and students. Connect with other like-minded professionals while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinks. The evening will facilitate meaningful conversations between all McGillians; specifically, to learn about possible career connections, uncover new business opportunities, and to meet other like-minded professionals. In addition, students who are home for the summer will have a chance to connect with the professional community of Vancouver.

    6-6:30 = arrival/open networking
    6:30- 6:45 = professional introductions
    6:45 - 8:00 = structured networking activities
    8:00 - 8:05 = win McGill prizes!
    8:05 - 8:30 = open networking

    RSVP/Pre-Register: April 11, 2012 to May 3, 2012

    For more information and to register go to https://www.alumni.mcgill.ca/aoc/events-travel/EventDetails.php?id=MTE0NTE=

    For more information or registration: 514-878-9788

  • MAC Intensive A: Self Assessment & Networking
    May 14th , 10:00am-12:00pm - Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1. Identify several hard and soft skills, along with their implications for career choice and job search.
    2. Recognize patterns of note in their past career goals and interests, and how/if they are still relevant today.
    3. Become aware of their most important work related values and how this will help them to target appropriate jobs and employers.
    4. Know the ongoing importance of self-awareness in the context of career planning.
    5. Identify and potentially modify their style of networking.
    6. Create a checklist for future networking calls and / or meetings they plan to make.
    7. Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.

  • MAC Intensive B: Job Applications & Interviewing
    May 16th, 10:00am-12:00pm - Macdonald Campus, Conference Room MS-Building
    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1. Highlight relevant skills to an employer in a CV and cover letter.
    2. Clearly define the essential components of a CV and cover letter.
    3. Arrange and compose a professional CV and cover letter customized to the position, department and / or industry in which they seek employment.
    4. Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, thorough interview preparation.
    5. Anticipate possible interview questions and construct suitable responses highlighting their relevant attributes and experiences.
    6. 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.
    7. Develop more confidence in their interviewing skills.

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