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Career Industry Trends – June 5, 2018

Submitted on Monday, June 04, 2018

On this page, you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, top organizations to work at, to career exploration strategies. Events are external to the iSchool and will often take place in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

This piece is compiled weekly by the Careers Office Research Assistant.

For questions related to this information, please contact Alex Howes, Careers Officer,

Job Interview Mistakes to Avoid, Part 2 – Seven Verbal Communication Pet Peeves
This series on job interview mistakes opened with non-verbal communication pet peeves because the majority of your message is delivered non-verbally. However, what you say and how you say it absolutely matters as well. You can definitely increase your job interview success by strengthening your verbal skills and avoiding these seven verbal communication pet peeves.

What to Do If You Hate Your New Job
Sometimes the next step turns out to be the wrong step or, at least, not as smoothly paved as you thought. If you’ve found yourself in this situation and unsure what the most professional route out is, here are some things to consider.

The precarious world of freelance editing, post-PhD
As tenure-track positions dwindle, newly minted PhDs are increasingly turning to freelance editing as a career path. But is it a truly viable option? I have been freelance editing, with a specialization in academic editing, for several years now. Out of this experience has come a wealth of practical knowledge that was gained slowly and sometimes painfully – client by client, contract by contract. Make no mistake about it: entering the precarious world of freelancing is not for the faint of heart. But if you think you’d love the labour and lifestyle, there are certain steps you can take to help ensure success.

It’s not weird to stay in touch
While we often envision networking as shaking hands and introducing ourselves to a series of people we’ll never see again, staying in touch is what matters. Sometimes we neglect to stay in touch even when it’s easy. We don’t bother sending the occasional email to a friend who moved, a former boss or coworker we had intended to stay in touch with. Luckily, there is seldom an expiry date on relationships. If you catch yourself wishing you had stayed in touch, contact the person. Saying that you were thinking of them and realized too much time had passed since you last spoke can be enough to renew the conversation.

Exciting Job

Supervisor, Museum Services

Pickering Museum Village:
City of Pickering
Pickering, ON
Full Time

Pickering is a vibrant, connected, and engaged community that is experiencing both significant economic and residential growth. We continue to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences, and are seeking passionate candidates that are committed to joining us on our journey. Our dedicated, energetic staff are guided by our core values and corporate priorities which fuel an inclusive culture and encourages teamwork, customer service excellence, and personal and professional growth. The City provides a competitive compensation and benefits package with a focus on workplace wellness. Explore our career opportunities and see how you can make a difference.

Supervisor, Museum Services

The incumbent is responsible for overseeing the operation of the Pickering Museum Village including visitor services, education and public program delivery, interpretation, exhibit development, site preservation and maintenance, and the management and maintenance of the Museum’s artifact collection. Other responsibilities include facilitating community services, programs and events on site with community and public stakeholders.

Successful applicants will possess the following:

  • Post secondary University Degree in a Museum Studies, History or a related discipline. A Masters degree is preferred.
  • Four years’ progressively more responsible experience in the delivery of Museum services, program development and event management with at least two years at a supervisory level.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the theory and practice of living history/museum operations including research, collections management and development, artifact/historic building maintenance and conservation, gallery, interpretation, program and exhibit development, resource management, marketing and identification of 19th and 20th century material culture and lifestyles.
  • Knowledge of Regional, Divisional, and museum policies and procedures, and related legislation (e.g., accessibility, health & safety, privacy) including Ministry Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.
  • Knowledge of local history and proven ability to conduct related research to develop exhibits, plan restorations, prepare publications, and respond to enquiries.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the principles, methods, procedures and standards for the care and maintenance of a museum collection and Heritage-designated properties.
  • Must have well developed interpersonal, organizational, communications (written and verbal) in English with the ability to edit correspondence, reports, proposals, plans, construction drawings, grant applications, promotional material, and contracts.
  • Must have well developed leadership, planning, organizational and public relations/customer service skills to establish and maintain effective business relationships with all levels of employees, public, community group representatives and public officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise effective Revenue Management.
  • Eligibility for membership with Canadian Museums Association and possession of, or eligibility to obtain, a valid Firearm Acquisition Certificate to handle and access firearms. Requires the ability to multitask and work independently and effectively in a fast-paced environment with frequent interruptions.
  • Proficiency in the use of personal computers and Windows based software applications and communication tools.
  • Experience using an artifact collections management system, PastPerfect Museum Software, and ActiveNet point of sale/registration software is an asset.
  • Must be willing to obtain current Standard First Aid (date of issue within 2 years), Basic Rescuer CPR-C Certificates (date of issue within 1 year), and Defibrillator certification (date of issue within 1 year).

Employment Opportunity

  • Must have a personal vehicle for use in the performance of duties and must possess a valid Class “G” Ontario Driver’s Licence and provide ongoing consent to conduct Driver’s Abstracts through the Ministry of Transportation. A clean driving record is preferred.
  • Must be prepared to undergo a Vulnerable Sector Screening as a condition of employment.
  • Must be able and willing to work evenings, weekends and holidays as required and respond to after work emergencies.
  • Compensation includes a comprehensive benefits package, pension plan and an annual salary range starting at $95,497.43 (based on a 35 hour work week).

Qualified candidates may submit a detailed resume or online application form by Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to:

Recruitment Specialist By Email:

Human Resources Division By Fax: 905.420.4638

One The Esplanade Online:

Pickering, ON L1V 6K7

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be

contacted. In accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act and will be used for the purpose of candidate selection. Please contact Human Resources if you require accommodations throughout the recruitment process. Documents are available alternate formats upon request.

An Equal Opportunity Employer

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