Series: Personal & Professional Development (PPD)

SIM’s Personal and Professional Development (PPD) sessions are designed to provide our MI students with a competitive edge in the IM job market. This service, unique to our MI Program, is provided by Management Career Services (MCS) – embedded within the Faculty of Management.

See schedule below. Please register via myCareer. Sessions are facilitated by Maggie Ma (, Career and Recruitment Specialist, Management Career Services.

2019-2020 PPD Schedule

FALL 2019

Resumes for IM Professionals

Monday, September 30th, 2019 from 11:30pm-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Getting ready to enter the professional job market? Your résumé is a critical tool for securing interviews and how well it is crafted will determine whether you will have a chance at your “dream job”. This workshop will focus on how you structure your document to effectively highlight your professional skills in order to secure the interview!

Attend this workshop to learn the best practices to improve your resume. Note: You must bring a hard copy of your current resume to fully participate in this workshop.

“This was really great, thank you.” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

Cover Letter Success

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019 from 11:30pm-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Most employment opportunities require applicants to submit a cover letter. Since each opportunity is unique, a customized cover letter is required for each position.  Are you up for the task or are you will you simply change the last cover letter you sent out?  This workshop will provide you with an approach to cover letters that works! Attend this workshop to make writing cover letters easier.

“I thought this was really comprehensive.” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

“This was a really helpful workshop!” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

Making Career Connections

Monday, October 21st, 2019 from 11:30pm-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

How can you make valuable career connections? There are so many ways!

The time to start moving towards achieving the career of your choice is right now! This workshop will provide you with insight into what you can do now while pursuing your MLIS to achieve your first (and often challenging to find) career-related position after graduation.  The benefits of networking will be discussed and an information management professional will be in attendance to explore how an informational interview is conducted.

Attend this workshop to explore the many ways you can make your career connections!

“Just seeing an actual informational interview was really helpful since the concept was totally new to me.” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

“Great advice to follow up on network connections made by conducting an informational interview.” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

Leveraging the Power of LinkedIn

Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 from 11:30pm-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Did you know that over 80% of employers are looking you up online before making a hiring decision? As of August 2014 more than nine million Canadian professionals are on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is an absolute must-have tool when performing a job search in today’s job market and will help you make a positive online impression. Attend this workshop to learn:

  • How to create a professional online presence with your LinkedIn profile
  • To use the search feature to explore career options, job types and industries
  • Where to find information on people and organizations to write customized job applications
  • How to find job opportunities and prepare for interviews 

In today’s working world, your professional online brand is key. LinkedIn can help you build one. Note: It is strongly recommended that you create a LinkedIn profile before attending the workshop.

Career Discovery Tour Prep Session

Monday, November 18th, 2019 from 11:30-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

This mandatory session is for all MLIS students participating in the Career Discovery Tour to Toronto and during this session you will learn everything you need to know to have participate in a successful event and to represent your program and school in a professional manner

Career Discovery Tour

Tuesday, December 10th - Wednesday, December 11th, 2019
Toronto, ON

More details here



CV or Resume? Considering an Academic Career

Monday, January 13th, 2020 from 11:30pm-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

In North America, an employer generally only requests a curriculum vitae (CV) when the available position is academic, education, scientific or research focused. In Europe and the Middle East, CVs are much more commonly used than resumes. If you have an interest in academic librarianship or are planning an international job search, this workshop is relevant to you! After reviewing the differences between a resume and a CV, time will be spent on discussing the various sections you should have on your CV, as well as reviewing some formatting techniques for the document. If time allows, a few sample CVs will be shown and briefly discussed.

“Liked the comparison charts and plan to include a lot of the recommendations for CV when I do mine.” - MLIS Student & PPD Participant

“I thought it was great!” - MLIS Student & PPD Participant

Effective Interviewing

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 from 11:30-12:30pm
Room 2068, Kenneth C. Rowe Management Building

Whether the prospect of going on a job interview excites or intimidates you, this workshop is not to be missed. You will be provided with proven interviewing advice and thoughtful tips you can use. The workshop will discuss the following:

  • What to do before, during and after an interview
  • Interview styles and formats
  • Potential questions you may be asked and ones you need to be asking

“I found the whole workshop very informative and useful.” – MLIS Student & PPD Participant

“Covered everything I wanted to know.”  – MLIS Student & PPD Participant