CityLIS AfterHours: Employability Workshops

We are delighted that our friends from Sue Hill/TFPL will return to CityLIS in 2017 to deliver another series of their fabulous Employability Workshops.

Each of the three workshops will take place on a Monday evening, from 5.00pm – 6.00pm in A109 at City, University of London. The informal events are part of our CityLIS #AfterHours series, and as such are open to anyone interested in getting started in the library and information sector. The discussion will be fun, and there will be refreshments! There is no need to book, just come along, but drop me a line ( if you have any queries.

February 13th: Marketing yourself online – Suzanne Wheatley & Gemma Wood

How do you make a positive, professional impact online? Before you start applying for that dream job, lay the foundations for selling yourself – identify your skills, build your brand, really consider what you put out into the (online) world. Suzanne (recruitment manager) and Gemma (marketing manager) will use their experience to help you make the most of yourself online (and IRL) in order to succeed in your career.

February 20th: How to apply for a job – Vicky Sculfor & Jeremy Clarke

In this interactive session we will get stuck into the steps you need to take to make the all-important next move in your career. We will discuss how to find that perfect job, how to create an effective CV, what makes a winning application form and look at tricks to tailor your covering letter and supporting statement – all so that you make the most impact by highlighting your relevant achievements, skills and strengths, with the end result of securing an interview.

Kathryn Drumm, (@dourgirl) from City Uni Library, will also be on hand during this session to offer insight into how applications are assessed at City.

March 6th: Communicating and making an impact – Neil Currams and Suzanne Wheatley

In this session we’ll be exploring ways to help you enjoy developing strong and meaningful working relationships and about the importance of preparation and structure for communication.  The techniques you take away will make you feel confident in raising your own individual profile as well as that of the information/knowledge/library teams within your current (or future) workplace. We will be learning about powerful words and how to use language patterns to gain influence. We’ll address the fundamental understanding of body language and its interpretation and demonstrate practical techniques on how to present yourself to potential employers, mentors and industry colleagues.

Massive thanks as always to Suzanne Wheatley, @suzyredrec, for her longstanding support for CityLIS!

A full list of CityLIS Events can be seen here.


About lyn

Dr Lyn Robinson is Reader in Library & Information Science, and Head of Department at City, University of London. She established and directs the Library School, and co-directs the Centre for Information Science alongside Prof David Bawden. Contact:
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