Career Opportunities Are In The Air



October…the time we begin to bundle up and slowly make our way into hibernation mode due to our hectic schedules, demands, deadlines and of course, midterms! This is the time of month when studying and preparation take precedence over enjoying the last few rays of sunshine that peek through the autumn sky. October is a month of anticipation, a month of thanks and of freight…filled with many upcoming career-related events. Other than Thanksgiving and Halloween, another important event to incorporate ourselves into this month would be to participate all the career opportunities that surround us.

First and foremost, don’t forget to check out the McGill CaPS page to see which upcoming information sessions and events will be held during the month. October has an abundance of varied career fairs and expositions that are all posted on their site. Plan your schedule accordingly for the next coming weeks! CaPS will be offering a myriad of information sessions, some of which include the following: assistance for undergrads considering grad school, social work career fairs and CV reviews, kinesiology career fair, Graduate schools fair, on-campus recruiting, personal statement review sessions and many more upcoming events!

Other than McGill, Place D’armes will also be opening their doors to the public on October 22nd and 23rd when holding their annual “Salons de L’emploi de Quebec.” This is a great opportunity to see what kinds of jobs are on the market right now and explore further options that you might not have heard about in your usual setting. Career fairs are outstanding opportunities for you to meet and talk with new employers, see what’s out there in terms of jobs in your field and take a first hand look at the requirements and the competition. At this point, you might be asking yourself…how can I prepare for a career fair, anyway?

Here are a few tips that you should keep in mind when attending a career fair:

1)    Do research and learn as much as you can about the companies and positions. Start figuring out what employers seek in their applicants (experience, skills, qualities, languages, etc.) Doing this will definitely allow you to be better prepared. Don’t forget to dress to impress – you must look professional because you might be meeting your potential employer. Treat this opportunity as though it were a job interview.

2)    Have several copies of your resume printed so that you can hand them out to prospective companies. If you run out, don’t worry because you will certainly have the opportunity to get some business cards and you can send your resume or post it online at a later time.

3)    Have some guidelines on which companies you would like to get further information from. Do some research on which companies will be present at the career fair and if their values are in line with your own. If you don’t do your research, you will be wasting precious time that you could have spent with a valuable employer.

4)    Have a “pitch” ready when meeting future employers, this is your opportunity to stand out in the crowd…and there will be a crowd!

5)    After the fair, reflect on how things went and write down an overview of what you did well and what you could improve on.

Even if you do not leave with your dream job, you have to keep in mind that exposing yourself to the jobs in your surroundings is essential to your success! The experiences you’ve been through, the networks that you’ve connected with, and what you’ve learn all serve a greater purpose and will certainly bring you somewhere worthwhile. Make sure to follow these easy tips so that you can add to these experiences and embellish these networks. But most of all, have confidence in yourself and in your future…after all, you are the one creating it!

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” (Abraham Lincoln)

Best of luck,

Lisa Trotto

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