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Vol. 13, Issue 1
Published by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS)

Check out the latest discussions on our CaPS Linkedin group!

Join us online as we help you build a solid career-focused network and exchange job search experiences. CaPS also invites McGill faculty, advisors and other staff members interested in helping students with their career-related endeavors
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!
NEW: 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? CaPS recently launched a new section on our website designed to showcase inspiring Career Stories from McGill students and recent alumni: Career Stories.

This section is a work in progress and will be updated regularly – so check back often! 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.

Back To School
Welcome to the first Edition of CaPS Scoop for 2011/2012!

The CaPS Staff

Throughout the school year at the beginning of every month, you will be receiving this CaPS Scoop e-newsletter sent to you by the McGill Career Planning Service (CaPS). We are your source of information for career planning and job finding. Whether it is a CV Writing Guide for an on campus job, a Mock Interview for a summer internship, or a personal statement for graduate school, CaPS can help. The CaPS team can equip you with the right information and tools so that you may confidently step into graduate school and the work force.

If you have any questions, drop by our office on the downtown or MacDonald Campus. We are always happy to help you!

Inside this issue:
Heather’s Picks: Top Three Back to School Career Preparation Tips
Fall On Campus Recruitment for 2012 Spring Grads
Looking for an On Campus Job this September?
Resources for First Year Students
CaPS C-Lounge
Labour Market Information
Lisa's Corner
September Info Sessions, Workshops, Events, and Panels

Heather’s Picks: Top Three Back to School Career Preparation Tips

  • Write a CV and Cover Letter: CV and Cover letters will never go out of style, it is always important to have a professional CV on hand for that last minute interview or career fair. Check out our CV and Cover Letter Writing Guides online and get your CV revised at our daily CV Drop-In time. Click here to download the CV and Coverletter Writing Guides: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/job-search/cv/

  • Book an Appointment with a Career Advisor: Have no idea what to do with your degree? Unsure of what major to choose? Need advice on post degree planning? Book an appointment with a career advisor to help broaden your horizons and get some of those lingering questions answered.

  • Attend a Workshop: Nervous about Networking? Have questions about Grad School Applications? Need interviewing tips? CaPS offers a variety of workshops throughout the semester. See dates and RSVP on myFuture under the Events tab. Click here to logon to myFuture: https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/
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Fall On-Campus Recruitment for
Spring 2012 Grads

Are you looking for a job in the Federal Government, Consulting, Financial Institutions, Engineering or Information Technology? If you're graduating in 2011-2012, now is the time when these industries recruit on campus.  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.   Take a look at our Podcasts which will provide you with quick online access to some of our career development workshops. These podcasts have been created to give you some fundamental information on the different components of the job search process

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

  • Management Investment Days - Thursday, September 8 & Friday, September 9 from (9:00 am - 5:30 pm.  Registration is mandatory as space is limited.  For more information click here).
  • Management Career Fair - Sept 23 - Centre Mont  Royal - open to all non management students as of 1:00 pm, McGill ID required - business formal required.
  • McGill Tech Fair - Sept 27 & 28 - New Residence Hall - 9:30 am - 3:30 pm - open to all disciplines

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Looking for an On Campus Job this September?

Working at the front desk at CaPS I have a lot of students asking about on-campus jobs in September. On-campus jobs are perfect for international students, who are not eligible to work off campus for six months (for more information see the International Students Office), as well as those students who are not fluent in French. Here are some tips and information on how to find that elusive on campus job.

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Resources For
First Year Undergraduate Students

Welcome to McGill! Are you looking for a summer or part-time job? Wondering about internship or volunteering opportunities?  Interested in getting involved on-campus? CaPS has many resources to help you throughout your time at McGill, and while a “career” may seem a long way off right now, we encourage you to begin exploring and “test-driving” potential career ideas sooner rather than later.

Check out our Guide To Planning Your Future, and don’t forget to come pay us a visit at some point during your first year to find out more – we look forward to meeting you!

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What allows you to speak face-to-face with an advisor without an appointment provides you with answers to all your questions and travels around campus? It’s CaPS’ C-Lounge.

The C-Lounge is our travelling tent outfitted with three knowledgeable and friendly career advisors ready to answer all of your career-related questions. C-Lounge can be found on McTavish Street and on main campus during the months of September and October. Through the winter months C-Lounge will find its way indoors.
C-Lounge provides students with the opportunity to pop in and ask any question that comes to mind. Some examples of questions often asked are:

  • What can I do with my degree?
  • How do I write a CV and Cover letter?
  • How do I find a part-time job?
  • Where can I find out about volunteer opportunities?
  • How do I figure out what I should major in?

Upcoming Dates for C-Lounge:

September 12th, 13th, 14th, 26th, 27th and 28th
Located on McTavish Street inbetween Service Point and the Brown Building

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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

  • For the first time in four months, the US unemployment claims fell below 400,000
  • Both Canada and the US show signs of economic growth despite the earlier free-fall in stock markets
  • Canada’s job market is picking up with the exception of young people
  • Occupational highlight: Medical Laboratory Technician

The good news

U.S. jobless claims hit four-month low
Globe and Mail, 11 August 2011

The number of people seeking US unemployment benefits fell below 400,000 for the first time in four months, a sign that the job market may be improving slowly after a recent slump.

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Lisa's Corner

Looking for scholarships, student awards, bursaries and grants?

ScholarshipsCanada.com (http://www.scholarshipscanada.com/) is a great resource for students to find scholarships.  This resource contains approximately 23,700 scholarships in its database and is searchable by field of study.  The website is free to sign up.  It may take some time to set up your own profile for first time, but once it is set up properly, it gives you a list of scholarships that matches your profile in no time!

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September Info Sessions for
On-Campus Recruitment

Dozens of company information sessions and tours are taking place throughout September. 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."

  • TD Bank Group-Securities / Groupe Banque TD-Valeurs Mobilières TD
    Sept 8, 18:00 - Omni Hotel- 1050 Sherbrooke Street West

  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(CIBC)/Banque Canadienne Impériale de Commerce(CIBC)
    Sept 12, 17:30 - Bronfman, McKee Lounge, Room 600

  • Manulife Financial / Financière Manuvie
    Sept 13, 11:30 - Bronfman - Room 620

  • Casgrain & Company Limited
    Sept 13, 17:30 - Bronfman - Room 647

  • Canada Pension Plan Investment Board / L'Office d'investissement du RPC
    Sept 13, 17:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • National Bank Financial / Financière Banque Nationale
    Sept 14, 11:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • RBC Capital Markets/RBC Marchés des Capitaux
    Sept 14, 17:30 - Omni Hotel, 1050 Sherbrooke St. W. Pierre de Coubertin Room

  • SCI Canada
    Sept 15, 15:00 - FDA 5, 3450 McTavish

  • Accenture
    Sept 15, 17:30 - Faculty Club - 3450 McTavish

  • Kinross Gold Corporation
    Sept 15, 6:00 - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • General Electric Canada (GE)/Générale Électrique du Canada (GE)
    Sept 19, 11:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • Deloitte Consulting / Samson Bélair-Deloitte & Touche s.e.n.c.r.l
    Sept 19, 18:00 - Court Mont Royal, 2200 Mansfield

  • Procter & Gamble Inc.
    Sept 20, 11:30 - Faculty Club - 3450 McTavish

  • TELUS Communications
    Sept 20, 15:00 - FDA 4, 3450 University

  • Pepsi Co.
    Sept 21, 11:30 - Bronfman,  McKee Lounge -  Room 600

  • Rio Tinto/Alcan
    Sept 21, 17:30 - Bronfamn, McKee Lounge - Room 600

  • Suncor Energy (formerly Petro-Canada)
    Sept 21, 17:30 - FDA 5, 3450 University

  • Boston Consulting Group (BCG)
    Sept 22, 17:30 - Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600

  • Suncor Energy (formerly Petro-Canada)
    Sept 26, 11:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • Oliver Wyman
    Sept 26, 17:30 - Bronfman, McKee Lounge - Room 600

  • Onex Corporation
    Sept 27, 11:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • Target
    Sept 27, 11:30 - Faculty Club Heritage Room

  • Labatt Breweries Canada/ Les Brasseries Labatt du Canada
    Sept 27, 17:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • Secor Group/Groupe Secor
    Sept 28, 11:30 - Bronfman, Nabisco - Room 620

  • Imperial Oil Ltd.
    Sept 28, 18:00 - Faculty Club - Main Dining Room

  • Microsoft Corporation
    Sept 29, 18:00 - McConnell 11, 3480 University

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."

  • Applying For Your NSERC Award
    Sept 9, 1:00 - Leacock 232

  • Understanding Graduate Funding
    Sept 9, 3:00 - Leacock 232

  • Applying for your Vanier Award
    Sept 12, 1:30 - Leacock 232

  • Applying For Your SSHRC Award
    Sept 14, 10:00 - Leacock 232

  • Applying For Your CIHR Award
    Sept 16, 12:00 - Leacock 232

  • SKILLSETS - Would you fund it? Fellowship consultation session
    Sept 19, 10:00 - Redpath Library
    Sept 19, 1:00 - Redpath Library
    Sept 20, 10:00 - Redpath Library
    Sept 20, 1:00 - Redpath Library
    Sept 21, 10:00 - Redpath Library
    Sept 21, 1:00 - Redpath Library

  • Workshop #1 = Build your Job Search Tools (CV, cover letter, interview)
    Sept 19, 1:00 - 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.

  • International students: adapting to the Canadian job market
    Sept 20, 10:30 - Brown 3001

    As an international student, learn how to make the cultural transition to the Canadian job market.

  • McGill Volunteer Fair
    Sept 21, 11:00 - Shatner Ballroom, 3rd Floor

  • Workshop #2 = Discover the Hidden Job Market (cold calling, networking, researching employers)
    Sept 21, 2:30 - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Understand that most jobs are found through the hidden job market and that networking is a win-win situation.

    2) Understand the importance of researching employers and industries.

    3) Identify website resources and databases in which they can grow their employer contact base.

    4) Formulate questions they would ask at an information interview.

    5) Create their own script for a cold call to a potential contact in their field.

  • Applying For Your NSERC Undergraduate Research Award
    Sept 21, 5:30 - Leacock 232

  • Workshop #4 = Practice your Networking (prerequisite: workshop #2)
    Sept 22, 2:00 - Brown 3001

  • 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.

  • Grad School Applicants: Learn how to apply
    Sept 27, 10:30 - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Identify the process and application components of applying to grad school

    2) Describe how to research potential schools and programs they would like to apply to

    3) Use the general tips provided to enhance their future applications

  • Workshop #3 = Perfect your Professional Image (business etiquette, school to work transition)
    Sept 27, 2:30 - Brown 3001

    By attending this workshop, students will be able to:

    1) Understand the importance of, and define what is involved in, presenting yourself professionally in person – through your body language, attitude and communication style – and online.

    2) Identify key elements involved in dressing for success.

    3) Identify key differences involved in the transition from university to work life and know how to prepare for your first day on the job.

  • Workshop #6 = Practice Case Interviewing (prerequisite: workshop #1)
    Sept 28, 3:00 - Brown 3001

    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.

  • Post Secondary Recruitment Campaign "Cafe"
    Sept 29, 4:30 - Brown 5001

    The Canadian Federal Public Service has a “Post-secondary Recruitment Campaign” each year at this time.  CaPS has organized a “Public Service Café” where you will get a chance to talk with people working in the Public Service to enable you to learn about possible career opportunities and to get “tips” about how to improve your chances of getting a position.

  • Go Global Expo 2011
    October 1st, 11:00 - Palais des congrès

    Are you interested in studying, working, or volunteering overseas? On October 1, 2011, Verge Magazine’s Go Global Expo gives you the chance to interact with dozens of organizations offering volunteer travel, undergraduate and graduate programs overseas, internships abroad and professional placements outside of Canada!

    Register at www.letsgoglobal.ca

  • Careers for Globetrotters :  Networking Café
    (Produced in conjunction with CaPS and Verge Magazine)
    October 1st, 11:00 - Palais des congrès

    Register at www.letsgoglobal.ca

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