“From the outside looking in, you can never understand it. From the inside looking out, you can never explain it.” As a member of the Greek community, I am completely aware of the many stereotypes and challenges that accompany an affiliation with Greek life. Every person has a different experience with Greek life but there is no doubt that you have gained valuable skills from your Greek involvement. From attendance at weekly meetings (time management, punctuality, commitment) to officer positions (leadership, delegation, public speaking) to volunteer opportunities (altruism, service, communication), Greek life has not only had an impact on your life, but also the many skills that you can use to serve companies in the work force.
Here are my top 6 tips for how to positively market Greek life on your resume:
- Ask yourself questions about your Greek experience:
- Did you have leadership positions?
- What did you do?
- What skills does this require?
- How does this relate to your future job?
- What were requirements of membership in your chapter?
- What skills do you have now that you didn’t have before you joined Greek life?
- Suggested “Greek” power words: Achieved, Arranged, Assisted, Attended, Chaired, Collaborated, Coordinated, Communicated, Entrusted, Led, Organized, Planned, Publicized, Ran, Served, Sponsored, Supported, Volunteered
- How many… People at events? Number of events planned? Dollars raised/counted? People working together as a team? Hours put into planning an event?
- How often… Do you public speak? Attend meetings? Volunteer? Plan events?
- Ideas of details to provide include:
- The purpose of an event
- Who an event served (community, Greek life, alumni, etc.)
- Your role in the event (coordinated, planned, attended, facilitated)
posted by Kirby Erdman, Career Assistant