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Join the Job Finding Club!

Valider son choix de carrière

Labour Market Information


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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 that just graduated designed to teach them most 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.

The CaPS Job Finding Club is sponsored by CaPS, and there is no cost to the job seeker to participate. However, students are asked to purchase the Job Search Handbook produced by CaPS ($8).

What happens at the club?

First you get to know yourself, through the eyes of the others in the club. These students will become some of your closest friends, strongest critics and most solid supporters in your mission to find satisfying and gainful employment. In turn, you will find yourself supporting up to ten people just like you; looking for work.

Second, you will learn how to spend six to eight hours a day looking for work instead of the one to two hour average of most Canadians. In this process you will practice calling employers for appointments, writing a resume, and creating covering letters. You will also get practice at honing your interview skills in a safe environment, and learn about accepting rejection from employers.

Along the way you help others in areas you do well in and accept assistance in areas in which you need help. During the program there are lectures, exercises, and lots of time to go to employer interviews.

How can YOU get involved?

In order to be admissible you must have to have an employment goal and be:

  • eligible to use CaPS services
  • employable
  • out of work
  • serious and ready to actively look for work
  • willing to accept innovative ideas about finding work
  • available 9am - 4pm; Monday to Friday for the duration of the program

If you meet these requirements, you may register at the CaPS reception and fill out an application from for a selection interview. Bring a copy of your current resume, and dress for success. You will be asked primarily about your employment goals and what you have done to date in order to achieve them. The balance of the interview will be on the points above, and should take between 15 - 30 minutes.

Success Rate:

We conducted a survey of past participants and 81% obtained jobs within 4 months of participating in the Job Finding Club. 85% of those jobs were in their fields of interest. The success rate is very high and it demonstrates that the Job Finding Club is a useful tool for McGill recent graduates to use in their search for employment.

Program:

A two-week group session is offered. Every day during the two-week sessions, the participants immediately put into application the techniques being taught.

You will learn to target the employment market, communicate effectively with employers, customize your resume, create business cards, and prepare for interviews. You benefit from the direct support of the CaPS Job Finding Club in your job hunting and continue to benefit from the ongoing CaPS services once the sessions are over.

Topics that are covered:

  • Self-assessment
  • Researching employers and industries
  • Networking
  • Cold Calls
  • Resume and Cover Letters
  • Information Meetings
  • Interviews
  • Other topics: recommendation letters, follow-up letters.

For more information on the Job Finding Club and a copy of the application form please visit: http://www.mcgill.ca/caps/students/services/jfc/

CaPS will be offering a Job Finding Club session from February 7th to the 11th. If you are interested in participating please complete the application form and submit it at the CaPS front desk with a copy of your CV.


Valider son choix de carrière

par 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… ».

De nombreuses avenues se présentent spontanément à l’esprit de la plupart des étudiants lorsque vient le temps de concrétiser leurs projets de carrière : soutien moral des amis, de la famille, et bien sûr des professeurs ; l’aiguillon d’activités parascolaires, stages et autres expériences de travail ; l’avantage de choisir parmi de nombreux cours diversifiés, à McGill ou dans d’autres universités ; et bien sûr, on ne peut négliger le secours des innombrables ressources en ligne. Toutefois, pour ceux et celles qui désirent approfondir leurs recherches auprès de spécialistes de l’orientation et de professionnels de tous les milieux, le Service de planification de carrière (CAPS) offre diverses façons de faciliter et d’accélérer le processus de consolidation du choix de carrière. L’atelier « What can I do with my studies in… » n’est qu’un exemple parmi tant d’autres mais, pour plusieurs, il s’agit vraiment d’un incontournable.

L’appellation « atelier » peut être trompeuse. Simple conférence présidée par une conseillère d’orientation, c’est un rendez-vous informel auquel sont conviés tous les étudiants d’un même programme. Les divers intervenants invités s’expriment les uns après les autres, expliquant brièvement leur parcours professionnel, et précisant en quoi consiste leur emploi actuel. Ils et elles souhaitent avant tout répondre aux interrogations des étudiants, en tentant de les sensibiliser aux exigences du métier, et surtout en leur prodiguant de précieux conseils sur les qualités et les compétences requises pour réussir dans leur domaine. Bref, vous apprendrez là tout ce qu’il faut pour valider un choix de carrière déjà résolu ou, au contraire, pour confirmer un doute persistant. Ce fut mon cas. J’étais une étudiante en Relations Industrielles et, moins de six mois plus tard, je me dirigeais en Langue et littérature françaises.

Qu’on me comprenne bien, le programme de Relations industrielles offre un excellent curriculum, et cela à tous points de vue ; davantage d’étudiants devraient considérer ce programme interdisciplinaire combinant économie, sociologie et tout ce qui concerne les relations entre employeurs et employés. J’ai moi-même adoré ma première et seule année en RI. Le problème n’était pas le programme, mais bien les raisons pour lesquelles je l’ai choisi. Je ne saurais vous expliquer exactement quelles étaient ces raisons, qui sont aussi nombreuses que confuses ; ce ne serait d’ailleurs pas très pertinent, toute expérience étant unique, chacune se doit d’être abordée de façon individuelle et, idéalement, privée. Il me paraît toutefois nécessaire de préciser qu’il est possible d’envisager un plan de carrière tout à fait « rationnellement », en toute connaissance de cause, mais sans qu’une solution ne s’impose indubitablement. Bien sûr, il faut trancher ; c’est une obligation aussi nécessaire que bénéfique. Mais, une fois la décision prise, il convient de la mettre à rude épreuve et de vérifier s’il s’agit vraiment d’un bon choix, concrètement. Si la réponse s’avère positive, tant mieux. Sinon, il est toujours temps de faire le point sur ses objectifs.

Profitez de ce début de session pour vous informer sur les nombreuses activités (ateliers, présentations, foires aux emplois, etc.) proposées par CAPS. Plusieurs d’entres elles commencent très bientôt, et parmi ces dernières, je vous invite notamment à vous renseigner sur le programme sur l’avancement de l’exploration de carrière (PACE). Bon retour à l’école!


Labour Market Information

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 [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] 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!

The good news

U.S. jobless claims fall
Global and Mail, 9 December 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/us-jobless-claims-fall/article1831073/
Applications for unemployment benefits in the United States dropped last week to the second-lowest level this year, evidence that companies are cutting fewer jobs.

Manpower survey: 'Hopeful hiring climate' expected in early 2011
Vancouver Sun, 07 December 2010
http://www.vancouversun.com/business/Manpower+survey+Hopeful+hiring+climate+expected+early+2011/3938598/story.html
According to the Manpower survey, the hiring sentiment is strongest in Western Canada where the outlook for the first quarter of 2011 is 16 per cent.

Québec, reine de l'emploi au Canada
Le Soleil, 04 December 2010
http://www.cyberpresse.ca/le-soleil/affaires/actualite-economique/201012/03/01-4349136-quebec-reine-de-lemploi-au-canada.php
The Quebec City metropolitan area continues to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country.

Jeux vidéo: beaucoup de nouveaux emplois... avec expérience!
La Press, 28 October 2010
http://lapresseaffaires.cyberpresse.ca/economie/technologie/201010/28/01-4336896-jeux-video-beaucoup-de-nouveaux-emplois-avec-experience.php
The video game industry will create over 1000 new jobs in 2011 but the opportunities are open to those who have at least 2 years of experience in the field.

 

The bad news

Numbers look great when jobless just give up
Montreal Gazette, 04 December 2010
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Numbers+look+great+when+jobless+just+give/3926702/story.html
Canada’ unemployment rate has dropped from 7.9 to 7.6 per cent, not by creating new jobs but by discouraged workers simply exiting the job market.

Jobless figures underline East-West divide
Global and Mail, 03 December 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/jobless-figures-underline-east-west-divide/article1823392/
Jobless rates are tumbling below the national average in the resource-rich West, while Central Canada grapples with a loss of factory jobs and a prevalence of part-time job growth.

Stimulus spending did little to create jobs, most communities tell survey
Montreal Gazette, 01 December 2010
http://www.montrealgazette.com/business/Stimulus+spending+little+create+jobs/3913781/story.html
Almost two out of every three communities say they have not seen any new job creation as a result of the Harper government's infrastructure stimulus spending program.

Job retraining: No ‘magic bullet’
Global and Mail, 29 November 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/jobs/job-retraining-no-magic-bullet/article1818207/
People view job retraining programs as a new ‘magic bullet’, but studies show that there is little evidence between the link of job retraining programs and jobs placement.

Job insecurity the new normal: CLC
Global and Mail, 24 November 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/economy-lab/daily-mix/job-insecurity-the-new-normal-clc/article1811351/
Job insecurity is the new reality for many as more people are now self-employed, working part-time or in tenuous temporary jobs.

 

Other news

The next level
Financial Post Magazine, 07 December 2010
http://www.nationalpost.com/next+level/3938670/story.html
There are now more working women than men in Canada and many are the family’s main breadwinner, but obstacles remain in their quest for career equality.

More Canadians working from home: report
National Post, 07 December 2010
http://news.nationalpost.com/2010/12/07/more-canadians-working-from-home-report/
About 1.8 million employees worked from home in 2008, compared with about 1.4 million in 2000. Education, occupation, gender and distance from work all influence how likely Canadians decided to work from home.

Canada’s shifting job market: the rise of contract work
Globe and Mail, 26 November 2010
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/economy/canadas-shifting-job-market-the-rise-of-contract-work/article1814674/
Contract jobs have surged since 1997 and increased between 2005 and 2009 despite the downturn. Last year, nearly 1 million Canadian workers held this type of job.

Statistics Canada - Labour Force Survey
November 2010 (Previous release)
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/101203/dq101203a-eng.htm
Employment edged up by 15,000 in November. At the same time, there was a notable decline in the number of youths participating in the labour market. As a result, the unemployment rate fell 0.3 percentage points to 7.6%, the lowest since January 2009.

Statistics Canada - Women in Canada: Paid work
1976 to 2009
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/101209/dq101209a-eng.htm
The employment rate for women with children has been steadily on the rise during the past three decades. In 2009, 72.9% of women with children under the age of 16 living at home were employed, nearly twice the rate of 39.1% recorded in 1976.

Statistics Canada - Study: Working at home
2000 to 2008
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/daily-quotidien/101207/dq101207b-eng.htm
Between 2000 and 2008, the number of Canadians who had paid employment and worked at home at least occasionally increased slightly. Even so, their share of the total workforce remained relatively stable.

 


Occupational highlight

Economists and Economic Policy Researchers and Analysts (NOC code 4162)
http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/job_futures/statistics/4162.shtml

Economists and economic policy researchers and analysts conduct research, monitor data, analyze information and prepare reports and plans to resolve economic and business problems and develop models to analyze, explain and forecast economic behaviour and patterns. They advise on matters such as finance, fiscal and monetary policy, international trade, agricultural and natural resource commodities and labour and industrial markets. They are employed by government departments and agencies and throughout the private sector in associations, unions, research organizations, banks and investment firms.

Job prospects in this occupation are good. Over the last few years, the number of economists and economic policy researchers and analysts has increased significantly. This increase is due mainly to a high demand for socio-economic analyses. As these trends are expected to recover after the current recession, the number of economists and economic policy researchers and analysts is expected to increase significantly after the recession.

For a complete profile of this and other occupations, visit Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com/Default.aspx. Contact us at caps [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca for the username and password or login to myFuture https://csm-caps.mcgill.ca/students/ and search for Career Cruising under Documents - Career Resources.

 

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