It’s no secret that women in Greek life have a busy schedule with a plethora of experience in volunteering, leadership and philanthropy. Serving on committees or in an appointed position for your chapter provide valuable skills that can benefit you in any future workplace. When applying for jobs, incorporating Greek life can be difficult since employers may have a preconceived idea of what a sorority is or completely unfamiliar with the experience. By changing wording and focusing on your strengths, you’ll have a quality resume showcasing your potential as a future employee.
Terminology and Buzz Words
Every chapter and organization has their own terminology that many outside of Greek life are unfamiliar with. Instead of saying you “helped recruit PNMs” you can say you “led a collaborative effort to help recruit quality new members to your organization.” Focus on power words such as:
Describing Your Activities
Like any experience on your resume, be sure to explain what you did while volunteering or in your executive position. Briefly discuss accomplishments or recognition you received and any new skills you learned from the experience.
In the Interview
Congrats! You made it to the interview and now is your time to showcase all of your abilities and what makes you a solid candidate. If you list your organization on your resume, be prepared to discuss it. Although it’s great to show how much you love your sisters, try to focus on the experience you’ve accumulated that will help you excel in the work environment instead.
Finding Opportunities in Your Chapter and Connections
Your chapter offers hundreds of ways to get involved throughout the year from coaching Girls on the Run to public relations or financial vice president. Serving on a committee is the best way to get experience to move up to an appointed position. If you’re entering the job market and don’t know where to start, reach out to sisters, especially alumnae! Someone may be able to refer you for a possible internship, job opening or company they worked with in the past.
By Courtney Boone (George Mason)
Courtney is a junior at George Mason University and a member of the Epsilon Pi chapter. She recently transferred from community college with an associate’s degree in teaching. She is currently studying educational psychology with a dual-minor in criminology and legal studies. One day, she hopes to become either a school psychologist or an attorney. Courtney also works as a staff writer for Her Campus GMU and represents her chapter of Gamma Phi on the Junior Panhellenic council.