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Résumé of a Sorority Woman

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

April 2015 – Résumé of a sorority woman

Being a sorority woman comes with many benefits. Sorority women work hard to run their chapters, plan events and support philanthropy. In doing so they gain skills and experience that directly apply to jobs. It’s important when entering sorority life to think about how to market those skills and experiences on a résumé.

So don’t just list on your résumé that you are a member of a sorority. Go into detail and be specific. Highlight personal accomplishments. If you hold a leadership position in the chapter, be explicit about what you do, how you do it, how many people you manage, the budget you oversee, the events you plan and the skills you have developed. Here is an example of how to list your accomplishments.

Alpha Alpha Alpha, chapter president 2014

  • Oversaw activities for 120 members
  • Presided over chapter and officer meetings using parliamentary procedure
  • Worked with collegiate members, alumnae advisors, inter/national headquarters, campus administrators and executive officers to improve risk management
  • Developed skills in problem solving, leadership training, public speaking, marketing, team building and organizational communication

Even if you don’t hold a leadership position, you will gain skills by being a member. You may serve as a member of a committee and have specific duties tied to that role. You participate in the recruitment of new members. You learn parliamentary procedure at your meetings. Here is an example of how to list these experiences.

Beta Beta Beta, active member 2010-14

  • Worked as public relations committee member assisting with maintenance of all chapter social media efforts
  • Participated in recruitment workshops learning to network with new people, share personal values and glean values of others through conversation
  • Learned parliamentary procedure through weekly chapter meetings

Whether you’re talking just about your sorority experience or general experiences, remember to use action verbs, talk in numbers and be clear and concise. Don’t sell yourself short. 

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