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Career Trends & Events – January 12th, 2019

Submitted on Tuesday, January 15, 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 

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MISC – Employer Showcase
            Date: January 24, 2019
Time: 10:30am – 5:30pm
Location: Inforum

You’re invited to the University of Toronto Faculty of Information’s 14th annual career networking event on January 24th, 2019 from 10:30-5:30 pm.”

“The Annual Employer Showcase Networking Event is designed to connect the Faculty’s next generation of information professionals to employers from across information fields, offering a platform for both emerging professionals and employers to demonstrate their skills and strengths. The event is intended to introduce attendees to new people and ideas, foster conversations and learning opportunities and provide a chance for students and employers alike to showcase their work and talent. While some employers may have jobs posted, the format is designed to promote exchanges and relationships between emerging and established information professionals and their organizations.

“Career Networking Format: Unlike previous years this event will run from 10:30-5:30 where employers can choose to stay for a portion or the entirety of the day. However, we still encourage organizations and students to move away from tables to make use of the Inforum space to enjoy some food and mingle with organizations and students to have more informal conversations.

“LinkedIn Photos: We are very happy to have Dhoui Chang, who will be offering free professional headshots for LinkedIn to all attendees. Be sure to take advantage of this awesome opportunity to professionalize your profile and take advantage of a service that typically has high costs.”

To register, visit Eventbrite here!

Applying for Work (Masters, PhDs, and Post-Docs)
            Date: January 17, 2019
Time: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Grad Room – 66 Harbord St.

In this workshop you will learn about applications outside of academia, including how to structure an effective cover letter and translate your CVs to résumés that effectively communicate the relevance of your graduate experiences.”

To register, visit the CLN!

You’re Next Career Network’s Winter Career Fair
            Date: January 18, 2019
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Location: MaRS Discovery District

Are you looking for a summer, PEY, or full-time job opportunity? There’s no better place to meet top-notch employers, learn about cutting-edge industries, and land killer jobs than You’re Next Career Network’s Winter Career Fair.

Join us on January 18th, 2018 from 10 am to 4 pm at MaRS Discovery District (101 College St.) to connect with amazing startup and corporate employers looking to hire all disciplines! Check out our full roster of companies at”

To register, register on Eventbrite here!

Exciting Jobs


Professor Sara Grimes, Director of the KMDI and Semaphore, and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is seeking to fill a Student Communications Assistant position focused on merging and updating the KMDI and Semaphore website, marketing and branding, graphic design, and copywriting.


– Web Development, HTML/CSS, Java, SEO
– Intermediate to Advanced Skills on WordPress and Adobe Creative Suite
– Experience coding, designing, creating and updating websites, web development
– Intermediate to advanced copywriting skills for websites and articles
– Experience with videocameras, recording, editing and making videos
– Excellent written/communication skills and understanding of marketing and branding
– Knowledgable with technical equipment
– Excellent organizational skills
– Self-motivated; takes initiative; pro-active
– Committed, reliable, ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Preference will be given current Faculty of Information Students. Qualified applicants must be available to complete a majority of the work in person at the University of Toronto St. George campus.


– Researching, interviewing and writing about Director and Lab Heads for KMDI-Semaphore website
– Merging, designing, updating and revamping KMDI – Semaphore websites
– Copywriting and writing information for websites featuring faculty and Institute
– Organizing equipment and displays at Semaphore lab
– Creating one main video for website featuring Directors and Lab heads
– Updating, editing articles for website
– Posting articles/events on enewsletter (mailchimp) and website
– Designing promotional material for events, website on Adobe Creative Suite

The successful applicant will be offered an initial contract of 100 – 140 hours, to be completed over the course of the Winter 2019 semester (with a possibility of extension in the early Summer semester. Salary will be commensurate with experience, projected between $20 – $25/hour.

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview.

To apply, email a CV and cover letter to Rekha Morbia, Administrative Coordinator KMDI at by January 21, 2019.  Also submit a portfolio which includes a writing sample, website you’ve created and promotional material you have designed. Questions may be directed to Rekha Morbia by email or phone 416-978-5634.

Ontario Library Association Conference Volunteer Opportunity

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, Toronto, ON
Application: Here
Organization: Ontario Library Association
Pay: Volunteer

“Who is eligible to volunteer?

Volunteers must be current students in a library-specific program, or recent graduates (2016 or later) of a library program who are currently job-seeking or underemployed.

What will I be doing as a volunteer?

Assisting attendees with using the conference mobile app Preparing conference materials
Staffing the registration desk and information booths Assisting in the Speaker’s Lounge
Crowd control at autograph signings Taking photographs
Changing signage Helping to set up/tear down the OLA store
Scanning barcodes at sessions, Keynotes and the Expo Providing directional help

Plus any other important tasks that emerge!

Helpful tools

Code of Conduct

Convention Centre map (MTCC)

Hotel map (ICTC)

Super Conference Volunteer FAQs

Who will be my points of contact as a volunteer?

The Co-Planners for Super Conference 2019:

  • Angela Henshilwood, Lead Volunteer Coordinator for Super Conference 2019
  • Manda Vrkljan, Co-Volunteer Coordinator for Super Conference 2019

Thank you for considering a volunteer opportunity with us!

The Call for Volunteers will open December 4, 2018.

Any questions or concerns can be shared with Angela & Manda by emailing


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