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Career Trends & Events – February 12th, 2019

Submitted on Monday, February 11, 2019

On this page you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range of industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, to 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 a Careers Office Research Assistant.

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

Career Trends

New Rules for Workers who Need Time Off

Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA) has been changed and the new rules apply to most workers in the province. “Workers are entitled to fewer days off and no paid sick days” and more; read the full list of changes here.


How to Deal with Stress and Burnout In Your Job Search

Looking for a new position is an evil combination of exhaustive and stressful. Rachel Montanez, career coach writing for Forbes, has some tips on how to keep afloat—with some helpful resume tips sprinkled in to help, too.


3 Interview Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making

You can practice, and stress, and practice, and stress some more, but it’s hard to correct behaviors you don’t know you have. Make sure to scratch these three things off your list before you go in to an interview.



Deconstructing ‘Diversity’ in the Archival Profession
Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Time: 6PM – 9PM
Location: Bissell Building, Room 520
Price: Free! Refreshments provided.

“ ‘Diversifying the professions’ has been identified as a priority area in the ACA’s latest 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. Join the University of Toronto ACA Student Chapter for an introduction by the ACA President on the importance of membership in professional associations, and a panel discussion on diversity in the Canadian archival landscape.


Loryl MacDonald: ACA President and University Archivist, University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services.


Jamila Ghaddar: Doctoral Candidate at UofT’s Faculty of Information; Senior Doctoral Fellow in Equity at UofT’s New College; Eugene Garfield Fellow with the American Library Association. Previously a social worker.

Rebecka Sheffield: ACA Vice-President and Senior Policy Advisor for Archives of Ontario. Previously Executive Director of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

Desmond Wong: Outreach Librarian at OISE Library working with Indigenous and International communities at U of T.”-

Careers in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
Date: Friday, February 15, 2019
Time: 6:00PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Cara Commons 1148 (Cara Commons TRS 1-148)
Attire: Business Formal

“We will be having people from reputable companies to discuss their experience working in their respective CSR departments. The CSR Panel offers a great opportunity for students to open and introduce them selves to peers, staff, faculty and professionals.

“A Q&A session will follow, giving you the opportunity to ask panelists questions on CSR and their work experience. We will be closing with a networking hour that will provide you an opportunity to connect and get to know professionals from the industry.

“Speakers will be announced this week and the following!


Register on Eventbrite here!

Cyber Tech & Risk—Integrated Risk Management
Date: Monday, February 25, 2019
Time:  6PM – 9PM
Location: 88 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 0B8
Price: $25 per ticket

“Risk Management is the core function of business management. With the fast growth of technology and economy, it has expanded into areas such as: Technology Risk, Cyber Risk, Operational Resilience. However, risk management can not be played in silos. We need an “Integrated Risk Management” to build a proactive and systematic process to power the modern business.

To buy tickets, visit Eventbrite here!

Exciting Jobs

Technology and Information Systems (TIS) Co-Op Student Intern
Closes Feb 17, 2019
Enbridge Gas Distribution
Toronto, ON or Calgary, AB
Full-Time Paid Internship
Apply on the CLN, Job Number: 136417

“We didn’t get to be a leader in energy delivery or ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index on our own. We did it in partnership with outstanding individuals who work together as a team to fuel people’s quality of life. Individuals like you. And now we’re looking for just such an individual to join our team.

Why join our team?

“As a Technology and Information Systems (TIS) Co-op Student Intern, you will be part of a new team that explores and leverages cutting edge technology to simplify, standardize and automate businesses processes at Enbridge. To learn more about us, visit

What will you learn at Enbridge?

“You will build on your existing knowledge base in the areas of:

  • Project management or business analysis
  • Project coordination
  • Data analytics

Expand your skillset by learning how to:

  • Communicate important technical details to a broad range of audiences
  • Share your ideas with confidence and challenge the status quo
  • Focus on design solutions that are compatible with business culture, while making people’s lives easier
  • Empower yourself and others to make better decisions using insights derived from data

Build direct experience:

  • Support the Project Manager to create and maintain project documentation, plans, and reports
  • Track and communicate action items and deliverables to completion
  • Analyze requests to formulate high level project approach and estimates
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize information and trends using tools such as Power BI

“Placement Locations: To maximize your experience and learning, we are offering Co-op terms starting in May 2019 in the following locations across Canada:

  • Calgary, AB: 1 position (8 to 16 month term)
  • Toronto, ON: 1 position (8 to 16 month term)
  • Calgary, AB or Toronto, ON: 4 positions (8 to 16 month terms)

“Please note: We do not pay relocation costs for Co-op Student positions and you must be available to start the position in May 2019. Please list your location preferences in bold within your cover letter.

Ensure your cover letter includes the following information in bold:

  • Your location preference(s)
  • Length of Co-op term you are seeking
  • Your specific educational background and area(s) of specialization (such as Computer Science, Network Security)

“Enbridge is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to provide employment opportunities to all individuals, without regard to race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or disability.

“Accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available on request during the recruitment process. Applicants with disabilities can request accessible formats or communication supports by contacting

“We appreciate your interest in working with us. We will only contact you if you are selected for an interview.

“If you are selected for this position you will be required to undergo a security screening, including a criminal records check.”

Presidential Records Processing Interns (2)
Note: neither job nor materials are associated with current White House Administration
 Williams Libraries, Williams College
 Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA
 Full time, 8 weeks
 Apply here! (Input job title to search bar)

“The Williams Department of Special Collections welcomes applications from current graduate students in library science, information studies, preservation, archives or a related program for two summer internship positions in archival processing. This is a full-time (37.5 hrs. /week), eight-week, temporary position beginning June 2019. Reporting to the Records Manager, the intern will process portions of the Williams College Office of the President Record Group.

“Williams continues to transform its student body in terms of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and nationality. We seek candidates who are excited to work in a college library in which students are broadly diverse with regard to gender and gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion. Please highlight relevant experience building diverse collections and working with diverse communities.

“We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourage candidates from underrepresented groups to apply.


“Apply archival principles to rehouse and arrange portions of the Williams College Office of the President Record Group. Apply archival standards (including EAD and DACS) and tools (including ArchivesSpace) to describe portions of the Records. Publicize the Records using social media outlets.


  • Applicants must be current graduate students in good standing in a library science, information studies, preservation, archives or related program.
  • Applicants must have completed at least three courses in archives, preservation, or a related program before the start date of the internship.

“Review of applications will begin March 1, 2019, and continue until the position is filled.

“In addition to discussing your qualifications for the position in your cover letter, please address how your education and commitment to diversity has prepared you for this position. Specify which archives-related courses you have completed.

“On campus housing and meal plans are available.

“To apply for this position, please visit If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via phone at (413) 597-4247 or email at

“Employment at Williams is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant, including the completion of a criminal record check, and education when applicable.”

Remote/Toronto, ON
Permanent Full-Time
Application Online: Here

“The Taxonomist is responsible for crafting taxonomies, navigation, & structured data to help Etsy’s buyers find rare and wonderful items and to grow Etsy’s global business. Your work allows artists to make a living selling truly one-of-kind items, and helps buyers find their (sometimes literal) needle in a haystack.

“You will be responsible for designing a browse & search experience that results in joy, serendipity, and accurate results. You will lead taxonomy projects from conception to implementation, and communicate & promote controlled data & taxonomy use throughout the organization. You will promote & balance the needs of sellers & buyers in our two-sided marketplace. And you’ll finally get to taxonomize taxidermy!

“As a Taxonomist you will partner with engineers, project managers, product managers, merchandisers, designers, and legal, policy, communications, and customer support teams to craft and maintain Etsy’s search & browse experience. You will also work closely with internal teams to model, build, and maintain controlled data for internal and external projects as needed. This full-time position is based remotely, or in offices Brooklyn, San Francisco, or Toronto.

About the Team

“The Taxonomy department creates internally & externally facing controlled metadata, taxonomies, navigations & filters for our sellers & buyers on and its subsidiaries. It is our mission to deliver user-centered data modelling to save our users time and help them narrow their searches to find their perfect one of a kind treasure. We work most closely with our Structured Data engineering team to model & implement metadata solutions, and with our Research & Analytics teams to figure out user needs. This team is distributed throughout North America.

About the Role

  • Build, revise, and maintain buyer & seller facing product taxonomies and navigation.
  • Research and create filters from scratch that help buyers narrow their search, and sellers describe their items.
  • Write internal standards, workflows, governance processes, and data models.
  • Work with user research & data analysts to test taxonomies & metadata for the most useful results.
  • Identify areas of the taxonomy in need of revising or new development.
  • Critique, revise & QA other team members’ taxonomies & metadata
  • Create taxonomies & structured metadata for internal products and smaller external projects.
  • Advocate for and balance international standards, best practices, and user needs.
  • Give constructive feedback on new taxonomy software features.
  • Collaborate with a wide range of internal teams including engineers, product managers, designers, legal, policy, communications, and customer support.
  • Work with remote workers via chat, video, and email.
  • Evangelize the use of controlled data to other teams at Etsy.

About You

  • 3+ years’ experience in information organization
  • A strong theoretical background with a love of practical solutions for users
  • Familiarity with taxonomy software
  • Experience with or a desire to collaborate directly with engineers
  • Ability to clearly articulate the benefits of taxonomy & structured data to audiences of different knowledge levels and backgrounds
  • Experience with Google Docs or Office suite
  • Requires strong independent work skills
  • You have previously work as an Editor/Analyst/Architect that specializes in (Product) Hierarchy, Tagging, Classification, Ontology, Vocabulary, Metadata, Category or Content.

What’s Next

“Interested in working with us? Send us a cover letter and your CV or resume explaining why you’d be great for the job. We value your unique talents and point of view, so feel free to tell us what you are all about. And if you write, draw, craft, or contribute to something you’re proud of, we’d love to hear about it.

“At Etsy, we believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace makes us a more relevant, more competitive, and more resilient company. We welcome people from all backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and experiences. Etsy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or family status, disability, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other legally protected status.”

Apply here!

Partnership Development (Sales) Lead
Toronto, ON
Permanent Full-Time
Apply here!

“BiblioCommons is looking for a Toronto-based Partnership Development (Sales) Lead who will thrive on the challenge of convincing public libraries across North America to subscribe to our revolutionary software.  We are tired of hearing ‘does anyone even use libraries anymore?’! We are taking on the challenge of helping public libraries create a digital space as rich, valued, and inspiring as the great physical library spaces.

How you’ll make an impact:

  • Research libraries’ priorities and challenges to figure out how to interest them in what we have to offer
  • Initiate conversations and build long term relationships (you can’t be shy!)
  • Help libraries understand how BiblioCommons tools can support their priorities through conversations, demonstrations, and other information sharing
  • Help libraries consider and build business cases for adopting our services, based on our past experiences with other libraries

What we’re looking for:

“Strong listening skills: You need to be able to listen for priorities and challenges.

“Amazing communication skills:  In addition to being a good listener, we need a team member who naturally speaks and writes clearly in a smart, friendly, straight-forward, and authentic voice.

“Persuasiveness:   You will need to help libraries understand the transformative power of digital and that it should be a cornerstone to achieving their strategic goals.  You will also need to persuade them that a collaborative (SaaS) platform is the most cost-effective, risk-averse, and forward-looking approach.

“Strong organizational skills: You must be able to plan your time, juggle multiple customer opportunities, track communications with libraries, and provide internal, partnership-related forecasting reports.

“Resilience: The library world doesn’t always turn on a dime, and we need someone who will be persistent and patient and who will develop and maintain relationships over time while remaining confident and positive.

“The ability to sell: We are not a typical sales organization, we don’t negotiate on price and our partnership leads are not paid on commission.  However, at the end of the day, you do need to be able to ask for the order.

“Curiosity: We want to work with a team member who is excited by new technology-based opportunities–not just for libraries, but for education, and for society as a whole. Being curious about technology is a must, and we expect our team members to be always reading, trying out new services, and questioning.

“Comfortable with technology:  You will need to learn how to use and demonstrate our software and understand how it compares to the other options available on the market.  It is also helpful to have an interest in what other industries are doing with technology and how it might apply to the library world. You don’t need to be able to tell javascript from python. As long as you’re happy to google it and problem solve you’ll fit in just fine!

“Teamwork and Collaboration: While we want a team member who can charge ahead individually, it is equally important to recognize when and how to leverage the team around you.

“Research: Strong research skills are a must as the team member will need to research key details about public libraries, their communities, and their strategic plans to be prepared for conversations and demonstrations.

“Home base in Toronto: Our very cool office is in Toronto and we are looking for someone who is local.

“Willingness to travel: We do a lot of our work electronically but from time to time we need to visit our customers who are spread across North America and throughout the English-speaking world.

Bonus Points for:

“Library experience: An MLIS and/or experience working with or in libraries would be ideal.  At a minimum, we’re looking for someone who has experience in serving the public mission of libraries, even if not formally within a library organization, and who understands how libraries work and the challenges libraries face.

“BiblioCommons experience: Experience using BiblioCommons software as a librarian or patron of a library using BiblioCore. If you love the software as a user, we would love for you to join the team to encourage other libraries to subscribe and join the community of fantastic libraries using BiblioCommons services.

A Bit About Us:

“We think BiblioCommons is a terrific place to work.  Like every company we have our quirks, and like most tech companies we have snacks, and after work beer on Fridays and team lunches.  Our collaboration-oriented culture values what each member brings to the table from an encyclopedic knowledge of 90s movies to songwriting skills.  Our CEO is a woman, our VP Engineering’s favourite book is The Idiot. Talk to us and see for yourself!”

Apply here!

Summer Curator/Librarian
Closes Sunday, February 24, 2019
University of Toronto – Hart House Library
Toronto, ON
Part-Time Student Position
Apply by email!

“March 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019

“The Hart House Literary and Library Committee is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated individual to fill the role of Summer Curator of the Hart House Library – one of the most unique and inspiring libraries at the University of Toronto. The Summer Curator is responsible for the maintenance of the facility and its collection. Become a part of this wonderful tradition and make a difference in a truly amazing establishment.


  • Experience with the Hart House Literary & Library Committee is an asset
  • Experience working in a library and/or a demonstrated interest in literature and libraries
  • A current Library Sciences student is preferable
  • the ability to work independently and self manage deadlines and priorities
  • Strong team management and organizational skills
  • Familiarity with databases, searching, queries, data entry
  • Familiarity with Library Thing and social networking applications


  • Recruiting, coordinating, and managing volunteers to help maintain the Library
  • Identifying and executing improvement projects for the Library
  • Shelving and re-alphabetizing books
  • Labeling and cataloging new purchases and donations
  • Overseeing Library database program and insuring patrons’ comfort with its use
  • Seeing that damaged books are rebound
  • Designing showcases
  • Oversight of the Hart House Library’s social media presence including the blog, facebook, twitter, and website
  • Attending all Literary and Library Committee meetings
  • Reporting any issues to Program Advisor as required
  • Other projects as agreed upon

“The average time commitment is between 4 – 8 hours per week with a paid honorarium for this position. This is a summer position, but with a possibility of continuing into the next academic year.

“Apply with a resume and cover letter via email to Trish Starling

Integrated Learning and Community Engagement Coordinator at Hart House

Subject line: Hart House Library Summer Curator

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