Date: Friday, August 21, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM ET
Cost: FREE!
Location: Online (registrants will be sent details on how to connect closer to the date)

Take your Resume from Average to Amazing!

Resumes and covering letters are your first opportunity to make a great first impression, and to stand out from the crowd. In this session, we’ll show you how!

We’ll talk about different resume formats…and most importantly, how to demonstrate your experience, accomplishments, and skills in your resume in a concise and effective way.

As well, we’ll help you see the dreaded ‘covering letter’ in a different light…and help you understand that it is a powerful tool to connect with your prospective employer.

Lastly, we’ll also help you recognize how and when to adapt your format, content, and style to different roles, organizational cultures, and audiences.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding different resume formats, and when to use each
  • How to concisely explain and illustrate your experience, accomplishments, and skills
  • Understanding how to use the covering letter to better connect with employers
  • How to adapt your resume for different roles and organizations

Sponsored by:

Samantha David

Senior Consultant, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Samantha joined KCI in 2019 after 30 years in the not for profit sector focused on program delivery, fundraising, and marketing. In addition to her skills in external relations, Samantha brings strong experience in Board management, senior leadership experience, and team leadership.

While at KCI, Samantha has been engaged in Executive Director searches, and in senior and mid-level searches for fundraising and marketing communications roles.

Prior to joining KCI, Samantha spent 8 years working in student nutrition. She was Executive Director of Breakfast for Learning, and then Director of Strategic Initiatives at Breakfast Club of Canada. Earlier, Samantha held roles at Camp Oochigeas, the Alzheimer Society, MedicAlert and The WoodGreen Foundation. 

Samantha holds an MSW (McGill) and a certificate in Adult Education (St FX). She has also completed the Ivey Executive Leadership Program.

On a personal level, Samantha enjoys giving back to the sector, and she has been an active volunteer with the AFP Toronto Chapter. She is also passionate about animals and has fostered dogs with a local animal rescue organization for several years.

Tara George, BSc, BEd, MBA

Partner / Lead, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

As the national lead for KCI’s executive search and talent practice since 2007, Tara has partnered with a wide variety of non-profit and charitable clients across Canada, helping them to reach out and draw suitable candidates towards available opportunities. Tara has led or played a key role in more than 450 searches across the country during her time with KCI.

Beyond her executive search work, Tara focuses on organizational development issues, helping clients to define their staffing needs, organizational structure, and recruitment, retention, and succession strategies. Tara also co-leads KCI’s compensation benchmarking services and serves as an internal advisor and consultant for colleagues who focus in other KCI practices areas.

Tara holds an MBA (McMaster University), a BEd (University of Toronto), and a BSc (University of Guelph). Tara has also completed the Institute of Corporate Directors Not for Profit Governance Essentials course.  Prior to joining KCI, Tara worked for 10+ years in Advancement leadership roles in the education sector. She is also a former high-school teacher of science, math, business, and phys-ed.

An active volunteer with professional associations and charitable organizations, Tara currently sits on the Board of the Network of Non-profit Search Consultants, the Governance committee of the MS Scientific Research Foundation, and the Strategic Planning Committee of Providence Healthcare Foundation.


Ellie Rusonik

Associate Vice President, Search + Talent

KCI (Ketchum Canada Inc.)

Ellie is known as a dynamic leader and consummate team player who has hired, inspired, and coached many promising and successful advancement leaders.  She joined KCI’s Executive Search team to share that expertise with our clients.  Ellie is valued for her strategic thinking, strong project management, and collaborative and communicative style. 

Prior to joining KCI, Ellie held an executive role at Geneva Centre for Autism as the lead for marketing, communications, and fundraising.  Prior to that she spent 16+ years with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada in a range of fundraising and marketing leadership roles where she worked collaboratively with staff and volunteer leaders across the country on the development, execution, and coaching on fundraising strategies and activities.  Ellie was a key relationship manager and lead contact for some of the MS Society’s largest corporate partners. 

Ellie is an active volunteer who makes an impact by sharing her skills and expertise.  She currently serves as a board member with the Ontario Volleyball Association.  Ellie holds a BSc in Kinesiology and a certificate in Sport Administration from York University.