How to Make Your Sorority Look Great on a Resume
Beginning your first day of college, the focus is always on landing your dream job upon graduation. College is not only a great time to make memories and lifelong friendships, but also a time to develop your skills and experiences to increase your chances of getting hired. Greek Life gives you fun and friendship as well as technical skills that can advance your career.
Unfortunately, people outside of the Greek world may have very different opinions including negative connotations about Greek Life. This complicates the job hunt when deciding how to display your sorority experience on a resume to present yourself as the respectable and qualified candidate that you are.
The problem with these negative stereotypes is that you never know how the interviewer feels about Greek life when you are walking into an interview. There is a great disparity because for many girls our sorority is a significant portion of our life that has taught us invaluable lessons and provided us with an unforgettable experience. However, it is difficult to communicate this to someone who has never had an experience with Greek Life and is virtually impossible to explain to someone that disapproves of Greek Life.
Despite these differences, there are still ways to feature your sorority experience in a positive light and communicate your skills on your resume.
In general, it is important to be specific in your descriptions. Don’t limit yourself to simply saying that you are a member of certain organization. Instead, focus on your achievements and activities as a member of the organization. Be sure to be specific when quantifying any of those descriptions including number of people at events, dollars raised, and frequency of volunteering.
A great way to not only get the most out of your organization, and to have something to highlight on a resume is to get involved within your sorority. Whether that means running for a position on the executive board or just volunteering for a semester role, get involved in any way that interests you! That way, when asked about specific skills and projects you had, you’ll be able to talk about different events or programs you were involved in.
While in your role, keep a journal that details all of your tasks and responsibilities. This will help you reference what you accomplished later on when employers ask about your experience.
If you haven’t had a leadership position, there are still many skills and experiences that are noteworthy for your resume. For example, you could highlight your experiences participating in recruitment workshops that taught you communication skills and how to network and connect with people.
Your chapter’s philanthropy efforts are also a great thing to highlight that often goes unnoticed. You should be up to date on all of the events, fundraisers, and other philanthropic activities both you and your chapter have recently participated in.
Being a part of a sorority teaches you not only the importance of teamwork, but also how to manage working in different teams with various personalities. This is a very valuable skill in the real-world that should be highlighted on your resume.
Some action verbs related to Greek Life to incorporate into your resume are: Planned, Executed, Collaborated, Coordinated, Organized, Supported, Participated, Assisted, and Arranged.
An unrelated piece of advice is to get involved outside of your chapter as well. Internships, job experiences, clubs, and sports are great things to have on your resume that pair with your involvement in the Greek community. Being in a sorority teaches every girl strong time management skills and when paired with other activities outside of your organization it can be very impressive to employers.
You should never feel ashamed about including your sorority on your resume nor feel as if you need to hide or undersell your experience. There are invaluable lessons to learn in any experience, especially one as meaningful as belonging to a Greek organization. Once you are able to communicate the value that your organization brings to your life, you will be able to convince any non-Greek that you have developed skills that have prepared you for the job.
Written By: Brittany Maurer