Marketing Your Greek Experience on Your Resume
It is important for fraternity and sorority members to display the skills
developed while being involved with Greek life. Community service
projects, leadership, events that required teamwork, as well as
relationships built during your time in a sorority or fraternity all help
to develop skills such as:
- Service: While involved in Greek life
it is extremely unlikely that you did not serve on some type of committee
or executive board. Employers like to see potential employees exercise
that level of responsibility in an organization. The experiences you
learned while upholding these positions reflect greatly on your potential
performance as an employee. It is important to highlight personal
accomplishments or learning experiences.
- Volunteerism: Greek members are most
known for their help in the community. Whether it be Habitat for Humanity,
Adopt-a-Highway, Relay for Life, etc. Itís important to show that you are
versatile and concerned with others as well as yourself.
On Your Resume
Perhaps being involved in a Fraternity helped your public speaking skills,
or the attendance of weekly meetings helped your meeting and time
management abilities. Use such phrases as...
- Leadership: If you held an office or
served as a Chair, out line your duties. Chances are that you participated
in the local Chapter or national leadership training opportunities. Note
the length, breadth and content of such.
- Organization & Time Management: In
order to juggle so many activities within your fraternity or sorority, not
to mention school work, and other obligations, one must be extremely
- Team work: Emphasize the complex
types of projects completed, the number of members that needed to be
coordinated, the communication skills that go into productive teamwork.
Greek advisors as well as chapter advisors are good references to put on
your resume. They will be able to explain how your part in a sorority or
fraternity made a difference or helped to keep the organization running.
Greek alumni, who worked with you before graduation, may also be good
Greek Life Action Verbs
Achieved, Arranged, Assisted, Attended, Chaired, Collaborated,
Coordinated, Entrusted, Led, Organized, Planned, Publicized, Ran, Served,
Sponsored, Supported, Volunteered...
here for sample 1
here for sample 2
here for sample 3
here for sample 4