Job Finding Club

Elizabeth Lenz

Last week I had my first interview of 2011, and tomorrow I have my second one. Have I suddenly become very successful in my job search this past month?

Well, no. Last week’s interview was part of the selection process for the CaPS Job Finding Club, which has been taking place this week, and tomorrow’s interview is a mock interview with a CaPS adviser. Although I haven’t had any serious job prospects in 2011, I’m hoping the skills I gain from the Job Finding Club and the feedback I receive from my mock interview will help me to improve and score a few real interviews!

The Job Finding Club has been in place at CaPS since 2000. It’s led by CaPS adviser Janice Tester, and generally lasts two weeks, although the session I’m in now is an accelerated one-week version being offered for the first time. Eligible Job Finding Club applicants are (a) recently or nearly graduated from McGill, (b) not working, and (c) willing to take the job-finding process seriously and commit their full attention to the club for one or two weeks. Our group is composed of fifteen recently-graduated students, from both undergraduate and graduate programs in Arts, Science and Engineering. We represent a huge variety of interests and backgrounds – half of us are international students, and we all have different career goals.

Each morning, our group meets for discussions and workshops on topics like self-assessment, employer research, networking, CV and cover letter writing, and interviewing. In the afternoons we work independently on career-building “homework” (identifying potential employers, editing our CVs) and then share our thoughts the following day. So far I have found all the presentations extremely helpful, and I’ve discovered a number of CaPS services I was not previously aware of, like the CaPS library.

If you’re graduating this term, consider checking the Job Finding Club web page and applying for the next session.

As I complete exercises from the club and reflect on the things I’ve learned, I will continue to update this blog.

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