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Undergraduate Students - September 2011

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Looking for an On Campus Job this September?

Labour Market Information


Looking for an On Campus Job this September?

By Alexandra Sojo-Chuaqui, Student Coordinator, CaPS

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.

  1. Many students find jobs on-campus by networking, talking to their professors and friends; they get the word out that they are looking for work.
  2. Work Study: Offered through Scholarships and Student Aid office, it is based on financial need and if accepted you are eligible to apply for a range of jobs on campus that are not accessible to other students. For eligibility and more information you can contact Scholarships and Student Aid office.
  3. MyFuture: A helpful portal which includes an extensive job bank.you can use the drop-down menu to search for only on-campus jobs. Several departments post positions for McGill students on this site. All applications are completed online.
  4. Departments on Campus: Check out The McGill Gym, the McGill Bookstore, Residence Cafeterias etc.

Here at CaPS we have tools to help you in your on campus job search.  We have created a “Quick Guide to Finding an On-Campus Job”, which is available on our website and the hard copies are available in our office. This handout is a great guide to get a head start with your on campus job search. We also have CV and Cover Letter Writing guides as well as a daily CV Drop-IN where you can register for a 15 minute appointment and one on one sessions to get your CV revised.
You can always stop by the CaPS office and we will be happy to give you a hand and answer any questions you may have. Good luck!

Labour Market Report

by Lisa Lin, Career Resource Consultant, CaPS

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

  • 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 Technicians
  • And more!


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.

Economy steps back from the brink
Gazette Montreal, 06 August 2011
Despite of the earlier free-fall in stock markets, the employment reports from both Canada and the US are still signaling growth in economies, not recession.

'Glory' days return for Alberta jobs
Edmonton Journal, 09 July 2011
Alberta gained a whopping 22,000 jobs in June, the largest gain since May 2006. Among the new jobs, 13,200 were full-time and 8,700 were part-time.


The bad news

Canada’s job growth falters slightly as wages stalled
Globe and Mail, 05 August 2011
Canada’s labour market showed modest growth in July, but a slipping recovery in the United States and a deepening debt crisis in Europe are threatening to end months of job gains.

Dur combat pour les sourds et les malentendants
La press affaires, 10 August 2011
Despite the similarity in the level of education, the employment rate gap remains significantly large between people with disability and the general population.

Job market recovery leaves young people behind
Toronto Star, 25 July 2011
Canada’s labour market is picking up, with one crucial exception – young people. The jobless rate for those between the ages of 15 and 24 stood at 15.9 per cent in June, more than twice the national average of 7.4 per cent.


Other news

Statistics Canada - Study: Generational change in paid and unpaid work
The timing of major events in the life of young adults in their twenties has changed from generation to generation during the past quarter century, and so has the involvement of men and women in paid work and housework.

Statistics Canada - Payroll employment, earnings and hours
May 2011 (preliminary) (Previous release)
From April to May, average weekly earnings of non-farm payroll employees increased 0.5% to $875.64. On a year-over-year basis, average weekly earnings were 3.3% higher compared with May 2010.

Statistics Canada – Labour Force Survey
July 2011 (Previous release)
Following three consecutive months of increases, employment was little changed in July. The unemployment rate declined by 0.2 percentage points to 7.2%, as fewer people participated in the labour market.


Occupational highlight

Medical Laboratory Technicians (NOC code 4131)

Medical laboratory technicians conduct routine medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment. They are employed in medical laboratories in hospitals, clinics, research institutes and universities and in government research laboratories.

Job prospects in this occupation are fair.  Job trends in this occupation depend partly on the demand for medical analyses and tests, technological changes and government funding, but mainly on employer requirements.  Over the last few years, the number of medical laboratory technicians decreased sharply. The rise in requirements of medical laboratory employers has resulted in the gradual replacement of a large number of medical laboratory technicians by medical technologists and pathologist's assistants. Given the shortage of medical technologists, this trend should subside in the future. Accordingly, the number of medical laboratory technicians is expected to stop falling and to increase slightly over the coming years.

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/index.php and search for Career Cruising under Shortcuts – View Career Resources.


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