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!

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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