Marketing Your Greek Experience on Your Resume
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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. It’s 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 organized.
- 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 references.
Greek Life Action Verbs
Achieved, Arranged, Assisted, Attended, Chaired, Collaborated, Coordinated, Entrusted, Led, Organized, Planned, Publicized, Ran, Served, Sponsored, Supported, Volunteered...
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