While building my resume, I’ve hit one roadblock: how to express how valuable my experiences in Greek leadership have been without making them sound trivial. When I say I was the Social Chair of my sorority, I expect employers to write the role off as that of a silly sorority girl, when in reality I’ve gained valuable professional experience communicating with vendors, handling risk management, and overseeing a huge budget.
So how does one communicate the experience of Greek leadership to sound applicable for the job market? A post on the blog Sweet Careers offers some great resume phrases to help us Greeks out:
- Oversaw $___ budget; coordinated with President in allocating funds responsibly throughout the academic year
- Organized several philanthropic events, both on campus and in community, successfully raising over $___ for local charities
- Served as a member of the chapter’s Discipline Committee
- Participated in diversity and cultural sensitivity training
- Oversaw and executed recruitment process; created public relations plan for the year and successfully increased recruitment quota from ___ to ___
- Collaborated with membership chairs of other sororities to coordinate recruitment process
- Used Java and MyZQL to develop a voting system to enable members to anonymously vote on fraternity business
- Redesigned fraternity’s website using PHP and Flashing resulting in ___% increase in web traffic
- Ensured that all standing rules and bylaws, as well as national rules, were adhered to consistently
These are obviously just examples, and they should be changed and tailored to fit your own experiences and roles in the chapter. Start thinking about all that your leadership role entails and how that can translate to the business world; then put it on your resume!
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