6 Resume Tips And Tricks

by | Feb 15, 2018 | Hillel Ontario, Job Posting | 0 comments

Building your resume is not always easy or fun. Everyone looks for something different, yet they think they know exactly what your resume should look like. Here are six rules of thumb that should always do the trick to amplify the very first impression your future employer will have of you.

  1. Your resume is your first impression
    200 people apply for the job. The first 10 resumes your employer likes get a phone interview. 2-3 are invited for an in-person interview. Make sure that your resume is well structured, positive, and professional (yet not too formal). It’s the first impression your employer gets of you, so make sure it’s a lasting one, not the last one.

  2. Numbers, numbers, numbers
    If you want to impress your future employer with what you’ve done so far, don’t just list your positions and tasks, but show how you made a difference. If you don’t find the actual numbers impressive enough, give percentage of growth while you were in the position.

  3. You don’t have to be a graphic designer
    Unless you’re applying for a graphics position, your resume should be clean and simple. Leave out the crazy colors, fonts, and shapes. Instead, keep it well structured and organized. Think about what you want people to see first. What is most important?

    Want to show off your creativity? That’s what your portfolio is for!  If the potential employer is interested in learning more about you, they will take a look at your portfolio (if you have one). This is where you can show examples of the great work you have done so far. Your portfolio can be graphical (diagrams, images, animations etc.), videos, or text-based – let your creativity and imagination run free, but always make sure it’s aesthetically pleasing.

  4. Turn your spell check on
    Avoid typos and misspellings! Your resume can be organized and clean, but if it contains typos, it doesn’t look professional. Make sure to turn on your spell check. And if you don’t trust your computer, we suggest you send it to one or two of your friends and family members to proofread it before sending it out.

  5. Keep it short
    Your resume shouldn’t be longer than 2 pages! The average time someone looks at your resume before they decide whether to interview or not is 8 seconds. This also means that the most relevant and recent points on your resume should be at the top.

  6. Adjust your resume to the job
    Try to give your resume the same language as the job posting. If the recruiter feels like there are similarities between the job description they wrote and your resume, they will be more likely to give you a call and invite you for an interview. However, do not plagiarize!

Would you like to send your resume to our Chief Strategy Officer, who does all of Hillel Ontario’s hiring, for personal feedback? Send it to Jaime she will take a look at your resume for you!

Good luck with your job search!

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Annamie Paul Joins Hillel Ontario

Last month Hillel Ontario heard from Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada. After winning the leadership race back in October of 2020, Annamie became the first Black person and first Jewish woman to lead a federal Canadian political party. Since then, she has been speaking to Canadians all across the country, spreading messages of hope and inspiration, during a time where these moments are a rarity. No matter the political orientation of the Zoom attendees of this fireside chat, everyone walked away with a few life lessons up their sleeve.

Here are some of my biggest takeaways. First, Annamie spoke about following your passion, a message that I know many students needed to hear. When I graduated from grade 12, I was constantly asked where I saw myself in five years, ten years, and sometimes even twenty years. Although I was asked with the best intentions, I’ve always felt overwhelming pressure to envision a clear career path. Annamie dispelled this myth by referencing the enjoyment associated with the process of discovering your passion rather than having a final goal in mind, and Annamie’s enthusiasm for human rights through a policy lens has shaped the course of her life. Second, Annamie spoke about the importance of speaking up in the face of injustice. Whether you consider yourself an advocate or not, Annamie highlighted the need to follow your moral compass, never remaining complicit. Following Annamie’s time as the leader of the Green Party, it is clear that she isn’t afraid to use her voice and position to shine light on racism, antisemitism, and sexism. These are two lessons I think everyone can learn from.

Annamie spoke about growing up in Toronto Centre (the riding where she will be running in the next federal election), her career as an international lawyer, and her decision to enter politics. As someone who doesn’t fit the mold of a traditional politician, Annamie referenced about the challenges that she’s faced as a Black, Jewish woman. Racism, antisemitism, and sexism were all constant throughout her leadership campaign, and her six months leading the Green Party. 

Throughout Annamie’s talk, I learned about the importance of elevating voices that have previously gone unheard. In a predominantly white space, Hillel students and staff need to work hard to ensure that Jews of Colour feel welcomed. 

After 45 minutes, the latter half of which consisted of an insightful Q&A, Annamie mentioned that she would love to be invited back to another Hillel Ontario fireside chat. For now, I’ll take Annamie’s lessons with me while looking forward to hearing about all of her accomplishments in a year from now.

  • Skylar Banks, Guelph Hillel
Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaboration Breeds Diversity and Inclusion

Collaborating with other student organizations allows us to diversify the students at our events, build coalitions, establish good rapport with other student groups and broaden the topics of the content that we deliver. 

This past month, we had the privilege of working with the Waterloo and Laurier chapters of Menstruation Redefined, which is committed to helping with the “institutional and social barriers surrounding menstruation that risk the health, well-being, and daily lives of many.” This mission resonated with us at Hillel because we understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion for all. These are values that we hold as Jews, and want to embody at Hillel. 

We joined forces to produce a fun evening of trivia and learning. The event allowed us to reach new students, educate others on Jewish practice for those who menstruate, and learn more about Menstruation Redefined’s mission. Collaborative events like this allow us to understand key issues and causes that other student-run campus groups advocate for and to build strong allyships and ensure that we propel Hillel’s values forward, such as inclusion and equity.

Jessica Bloom, HIllel Waterloo Student President
Veronica Grad, Hillel Laurier Student President

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