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!

Weekly D’var: Vayetzei

Weekly D’var: Vayetzei

This week’s parsha is one that is filled near to overflowing with iconic stories.  Covering Jacob’s travels to, life in, and departure from Haran, the home of his uncle (and eventually father-in-law) Laban, Vayetzei recounts the stories of Jacob’s dream of the ladder, his marriages, first to Leah, then to Rachel, the births of twelve of his children, and so much more.  

With all of this, I am struck by a couple of stories that are not explicitly in our text at all, but come to us in the form of Madrash, the traditional interpretations or explanations of our text that have come down from the sages.

The stories that have captured my interest are surrounding two verses that come at the very beginning of our text (Genesis 28:11 and 28:18) and are seeking to explain a seeming inconsistency between these verses. Just as Jacob is lying down to have his famous dream, we are told that “He took from the stones of the place and set it/them at his head and lay down in that place”, the Hebrew text being unclear on the number of stones Jacob had taken.  Verse 18, which picks up immediately after the dream, is by contrast, very clear, saying, “he took the stone that he had set at his head and set it up as a standing-pillar”. 

The first explanation comes from Rashi (11th/12th c. French commentator), who explains that Jacob had taken a number of stones and arranged them around his head for protection, prompting an argument among the stones, with each asking that they have the honour of holding the righteous man’s head.  Rashi goes on to say that at this point, the holy one fused the rocks into one. 

There are a number of others that appear in the great collection of Midrash, Breishit Rabbah, each offering a different number of stones.  One of the stories counts twelve stones to teach Jacob that he would be the father of twelve tribes; another, three stones, teaching that God’s oneness would be made known through Jacob; yet another, two stones, to teach that Jacob’s progeny would be worthy to form the people Israel.

Our tradition offers us all of these understandings of a single moment in the life of Jacob, each of them teaching him a different lesson.  We can find multiple interpretations of most stories from the Torah; that is part of the beauty of Midrash.  But I am struck by the form that these midrashim take, each of them recounting a lesson learned, each examining a single moment.  In this, I am reminded of the beauty of reflection, of a life examined, reminded that, within the hustle and bustle of our lives, and despite it, each moment has so much potential to teach us.

Rabbi Danny A Lutz
Senior Jewish Educator, Guelph Hillel

Weekly D’var: Chayei Sarah

Weekly D’var: Chayei Sarah

The second line of this week’s parsha tells us that Sarah, our matriarch, died in Kiryat Arba in the land of Canaan. The first verse, and the one from which we get the name of the parsha, Chayei Sarah, describes her life; “Sarah’s lifetime came to one hundred and twenty-seven years.” Abraham has just proved his dedication to God; he offered his son Isaac as a sacrifice before God, was commanded to spare him, and received a blessing. Abraham was promised that his descendants would outnumber the stars in heaven and the grains of sand, but his wife Sarah, his partner and his children’s mother, has now died. Abraham mourns Sarah and weeps by her. His experience of deep sadness is another low point in his turbulent story. Despite being offered by the Hittites and Ephron a burial place, he insists on paying them the full amount of silver it is worth and when Abraham dies at a hundred and seventy-five, he joins Sarah in the cave on Ephron’s land.

This parsha always makes me think of the ritual of shiva, the week of mourning following the death of a loved one. Mourners are joined by their community to provide comfort and meet the needs of the family and are present as those closest to the deceased say kaddish. The mourner’s kaddish is a fascinating and beautiful exaltation, a prayer for peace and for God to hear us and keep us, something that can feel jarring and distinct from grief and loss. The value of the Jewish ritual following death is that we gather to remember and reminisce the span of a person’s existence in our lives and their affect on the world around them for good, not simply to lament their passing. We’re told in the parsha that after they are wed, “Isaac loved [Rebekah], and thus found comfort after his mother’s death.” 

Jacob Brickman
Hillels Waterloo & Laurier

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