Hillel’s Jewish Career Network Hits 10,000 Users



April 19, 2024

It doesn’t matter whether it’s your first time, your tenth, or your hundredth — applying for a job is a challenge. In today’s employment landscape of AI resume-scanners, keyword-based applications, and competitive, multi-stage hiring processes, college students and graduates need to be smart and strategic about securing jobs that let them do the work they care about most.

That’s where the Jewish Career Network, powered by Hillel, comes in.

Created to bring together Jewish college students and graduates of all ages for mentoring, networking, and professional schmoozing, the Jewish Career Network helps users connect with others for career and industry advice, information about jobs in every industry, and introductions to people in their local area. 

And just recently, the Jewish Career Network celebrated a major milestone. After only ten months in action, the Network now includes a community of more than 10,000 users. 

“The Jewish Career Network has been my pride and joy,” said Savannah Kannberg, Hillel’s Associate Director of Alumni Marketing. “Knowing that the Network serves as a connection point for over 10,000 users — this is truly community building for careers, and builds up the workforce.”

Members of the Jewish Career Network come from 30 countries, and include current college students, graduates of all ages, and professionals interested in providing support, mentorship, and connections. Users can search jobs and professionals by company, industry, or location; or reach out to other members who have “willing to help” listed for mentorship, specific career advice, or a resume review.

“I had a really exhaustive job search and thought I’d looked everywhere I could. Then a friend directed me to the Jewish Career Network, and I saw how much I’d missed,” said Avigail Rasol (Hebrew University, Class of 2024). “Beyond the job I accepted, I got loads of other interviews and offers, way more than through any other channel. It’s really a phenomenal network.”

The Network goes far beyond just job searching — it’s also a connection point for recruiters and program managers to find the right people for their organizations or opportunities. 

Lauren Silverman, Associate Director of Changemakers Engagement and Strategic Partnerships for Jewish Federations of North America, has used the Network to connect with young people for the Jewish Changemakers Fellowship, a leadership development program for Jewish young adults ages 20 to 25.

“For Changemakers in particular, because we do span both undergraduates and post-grads and focus on that stage of transition, it’s a great way for us to recruit but also a great resource for us to give to our fellows and alumni,” she said. 

“With our demographic, it’s many, many people who are moving, who are looking for new jobs or mentors, and asking, ‘Where do I find a job?’ And I’m constantly saying, are you on the Career Network? Because the infrastructure is already set up for what those individuals are looking for,” she added.

And those referrals make a difference. Sarah Wish, an alumna of the Changemakers program and the current U.S. program manager at Tikkun Olam Makers, credits the Network with changing the course of her professional life. 

“I’ve used the Jewish Career Network to find professional development opportunities, including the Changemakers experience! I’m excited to keep using it to grow professionally and personally,” she said.

The Jewish Career Network is a resource for professionals at every stage of their careers — for free. Community members can be connected to a broad network of people in every industry, share open roles and upcoming events, stay in touch with alumni of their programs or recruit for upcoming cohorts, sponsor highlighted features in weekly career emails, help staff grow professionally and connect with other Jewish professionals, and so much more. 

With opportunities for mentoring, sharing industry advice, and getting to know a broader community, the Jewish Career Network has something for everyone. Learn more about the world’s largest Jewish professional network, and join the community today!