How To Create A Sorority Experience That Looks Good On A Résumé

So many leaders from across the country from politicians to journalists have Greek life in common. Sometimes Greek life has a negative connotation so some people don't like to add it to their résumé. First off, please add your sorority and fraternity experience to your résumé. Second, I am going to show you how to create a sorority experience that looks good on a résumé.

How To Create A Sorority Experience That Looks Good On A Résumé | Just like every club, people join sororities for the potential to use their experience on a résumé. Today, on the blog, I am giving you five tips on how you can create experiences that you can feel proud to use on a résumé.

1. set some career goals.

The first thing you need to do if you want to create a sorority experience that you can use on your résumé is to set some career goals. I know, asking you to have your career figured out during your freshman year of college is a big undertaking, but so is getting involved with a sorority time commitment wise. There are so many different routes you can go in when it comes to sorority involvement, so the first thing you need to know is what steps make sense for you. 

Set yourself up some career goals. If you know somewhat the direction you want to go it will make it easier for you to pick a place you want to be involved. This way you can make sure that you cut out other experiences that may be helpful to the sorority, but not so much to your career goals. It is important to do a mixture of both, but if your goal is to transfer sorority experience to résumé and career experience you may want to be more specific with your career goals and sorority involvement. 

2. be open to the experience

Sorority life is filled with a lot of amazing opportunities to step up and be a leader. If you want to create a sorority experience that looks good on a résumé, don't be afraid to take a role of it is given to you. I was never sure about holding a leadership position within my sorority, but then one day I was given a call from a sister asking me to consider a position as the sorority's correspondence chair. While at the time I wasn't sure I would be able to do well in the role, I took it because my sisters had faith in me. While this was a small role within the sorority, it eventually lead to some amazing experiences. That was the start of my involvement in my sorority and what eventually lead be to become the housing chair for my sorority and then lead me to win an award at our annual Tri Sigma Arkansas State Day (an award that is still sitting above my bed.) This one time that I was open to being involved has lead to me being a National Officer for my sorority, going to a convention that was mostly paid for by my sorority, and so much more. It's amazing how one phone call can change your life.

to receive much, you must give much.

What I have learned more than anything thanks to Tri Sigma is that: To receive much, you must give much. When you open yourself up to new experiences, give your time and energy to the sorority, and work on creating a great membership experience for yourself and those around you––you will always win. You will always create those experiences that look great on a résumé. Sorority life is filled with experiences, you just have to take them.

3. find your sorority mentor

Finding your sorority mentor is definitely a must. Collegiates and alumna in your sorority can do amazing things for you. Get to know some of the older women in your sorority, get to know some of the alumna in your sorority (a lot of them probably want to get to know you anyway!) I promise you won't regret finding those people to look up to. My sorority mentors have been great at giving me encouragement, looking over applications I wrote for Tri Sigma things, being there for me when I needed a shoulder, and just being inspirational women.

You have a unique opportunity within your sorority that a lot of women don't have: a network of connections to pretty much anything you can think of.  You have the sort of connections that women would kill for, honestly. Using that network of sisters wisely is definitely important. You can start using those connections as soon as you become a new member. Get to know people that are older than you, ask your new member educator about the sorts of alumna and upperclassmen members they have. Ask about the ones that interest you specifically when it comes to your major or what you would like to do when you finish college. Find mentors who have similar personalities, similar goals, etc.

Your big will be a great mentor for you, but don't think it has to stop there. There are so many amazing relationships to be formed during Greek life.

4. hold leadership positions that matter

There are so many leadership positions within a sorority. Depending on the career field you want to go in, some leadership positions may be better than others. Here are a couple of chair position ideas based on major:

  1. Art:  Recruitment Director, Banner Chair, Social Media Chair, Social Chair, Event Planning
  2. Athletics: Intramural Chair, Dance Chair, Event Planning 
  3. Business/Communications: Treasurer, Recruitment Director, VP of New Member Education, Panhellenic Delegate, Fundraising Chair, Correspondence Chair; Social Chair, Sisterhood Chair, Risk Management Chair, Tailgate Chair, Standards Chair, Event Planning
  4. Education/Higher Education: VP of New Member Education, Education Director, Panhellenic Delegate, Alumnae Relations Chair, Housing Chair, Sisterhood Chair, Risk Management Chair, Ritual Chair, Scholarship Chair
  5. Science/Technology:  Treasurer, Education Director, Social Media Chair, Scholarship Chair, Standards Chair
  6. Social Science: Secretary, Education Director, Correspondence Chair, Ritual Chair, Standards Chair, Sisterhood Chair

This is by no means a comprehensive list. Just because I listed something under one major/area doesn't mean someone else couldn't do that job with the right resources. You do you, boo!

5. track and get results

Résumés work better when you have numbers. What did you accomplish during your time as recruitment director? How many sisters joined, how did recruitment flow, what budget did you work with, etc? Be specific, make statements, and back those statements up with hard data. Data is very important when it comes to making résumés look amazing. 

When you get a new chair position set some measurable goals. Figure out what you can track. Here are some ideas on what you can track for different chair and executive positions:

  1. Treasurer: How many people paid their bills on time, how big your budget was, what software you worked on to bill people, etc.
  2. Education Director: The GPA for your sorority while you were the director, what educational programs and initiatives you started, etc.
  3. VP of New Members: Retention rate for your new members in the new member classes you were in charge of, the length of the new member education program you did, etc
  4. Sisterhood Chair: How many sisterhoods you put on, what was the attendance rate of your sisterhoods, if you have ratings from each sisterhood you could include those numbers as well, etc.
  5. Alumna Relations Chair: How many alumna you kept up with, how much you grew your alumna database, how many alumna showed up to your alumna events, etc.

Those are just a couple of ideas on somethings you could track. With ANY executive or chair position you can easily find things that you can track to showcase on your résumé. How have you helped your sorority since you became a part of it?

Final Thoughts

I hope that the information I shared today has been helpful for you as you begin to start your sorority experience, or even if you have been a member of a sorority for a while. We all join sororities for different reasons, and if you can find a way to showcase your experience positively on your résumé you might as well do it.

Have you discussed sorority involvement on your résumé? How did you do it?

Fall 2016 Goals

Today on the blog I want to talk about my goals with my blog, graduate school, and life. I start classes this week and it is very important to constantly have goals in mind so that you can have a more productive life. I'd love to know your goals so be sure to leave a comment with a link to your goals post or just some goals you have. 

Fall 2016 Goals | Click through to learn about my personal, blogging, and graduate school goals for the new semester. I go back to school this week and it's always great to reflect with a goals post!

Personal Goals

I have quite a few personal goals for the semester. It's important to set up some goals for just yourself throughout your life and to constantly check in on them.

Apply for Tri Sigma's Service Immersion Trip

Ever since I came back home from my time in Chicago this summer I have been so excited for my next trip with Tri Sigma. We have yearly service immersion trips and I have always wanted to attend, but I was never sure if I would have the money to go. This year, it seems like I will finally have the money to spare and be able to attend one of the trips. I am really wanting to attend the one in West Virginia as I am not sure about traveling all the way to Jamaica just yet, but I am excited about the prospect of going in general. In order to go you have to apply and be accepted so a personal goal for the semester is to apply for Tri Sigma's Service Immersion Trip.

Read at least one book a month (outside of graduate school Books)

I read a lot for graduate school, but I really neglect books outside of this environment. This semester I really want to make it a goal to stop doing that by reading at least one book a month outside of books for graduate school. Reading for pleasure is important to me although it hasn't really been one of my goals lately. I want to make it one of my goals this semester though.

Try to exercise at least once a week

Exercise is another thing that I have really been wanting to prioritize, but I just haven't. This semester I want to make it my goal to do some amount of exercise for at least 30 minutes at least once a week. Obviously, as I start making this more of a habit the amount I exercise will probably go up, but for now, at least once a week works great for me.

Procrastinate less, and watch my excuses

I am horrible at procrastination, and I am the queen of "I'll do this at 11 AM, oh it's 11:01, I will wait until 12 PM then." Does anyone else do this? I really need to stop doing this. Lately I have been obsessed with the Pomodoro Technique so I really hope that studying this way will help me stop making these lame excuses. Procrastinating less is on my list of personal goals for the year.

Pay down debt by at least 50%

I hate to say this, but I have been a debt collecting machine these past few years. I have way more debt than i'd like and I really want to get to paying it down and getting my financial self back together. This semester my goal is to stop buying clothes and focus on paying down my debt as much as possible. By the end of the semester I really want to have cut my credit card debt in half. I am rather lucky in that I have a good amount of income coming in from my job that will help me be able to use most of my school money to pay down debts while still living a decent lifestyle, but debt paying is my goal.

Blog Goals

I am really hoping to take this blog up a level this coming semester so I have a list of goals I want to accomplish in order to do this.

Start a Twitter chat

My first goal will finally come to fruition this Thursday with my new chat #THAHappyHour. I am super excited about this weekly chat and I hope that you all are too. It's going to be covering all sorts of fun topics from school to millennial life. I hope that you all are ready to attend this chat. Send me a tweet to let me know you will be in attendance. Join me at 8 PM CST on Twitter to chat.

Create an info product

One of the things that I really want to do is create a quick and simple info product that I can sell for $5 or something simple like that. I just want a quick info product that I can use to make a consistent simple income. This semester I really want to create that product.

Have a successful September challenge

In case you didn't know, I am about to embark on a September challenge and I am really excited about this challenge. It's going to push my readers to be more successful academically, socially, health-wise, and also allow them to have a little more fun in their college town.  I really encourage you to check out more information about The Happy Student Challenge by clicking the button below.

Write one sponsored post a month

I would be lying if I said income wasn't important to me. This semester I want to get back into actively monetizing my blog, but obviously in a tasteful way. I don't want y'all to ever feel like all I am doing is selling, selling, selling. In the past I think this is where I went wrong. I would go through months where I had a new giveaway every week, and while I thought this was fun because my readers were able to get free things, at the end of the day I think that it rubbed some readers the wrong way. I want to create sponsored content that you all will love, not just sponsored content for money.

Monetizing this blog is something that I am getting more serious about, because I want to be able to have separate budget for blogging things and not have to spend as much of my own money from my career. Sponsored content may turn some readers off, but I know that writing content that makes me money is essential to keeping this blog afloat in the long run. I don't want to continue spending my own money on things like newsletter services and domain names. It's not so much about making a 1000% profit as it is about breaking even and making sure that I am not going into debt to host a blog.

Grow my group to 250 members

The Happy Student has seen some good growth, but by the end of the semester I would like to have at least 250 members in the group. This may not seem like a huge goal, but in my opinion it is a goal I'd like to get to. I just want to be able to have 250 members in the group and have some good interaction in the group daily. 

Graduate School Goals

Graduate school is a big part of my life right now, so here are some goals I have this year to crush graduate school.

Get a 4.0 GPA

During the Spring semester I was  able to pull off a 4.0 GPA and I want to do that again this fall. It's going to take time and discipline, but I believe in the person that I want to become. I believe that if I put enough time and energy into my studies that I can make this happen. I didn't get a 4.0 my first semester, so it is my goal to make a 4.0 each semester after.

Finish (at least) the first draft of my thesis

This semester is the semester that my entire thesis will basically me crafted. I had a little summer bump in the road on this, but I feel confident about being able to pull at least the first draft off this semester. Let's do this!

Take the GRE

I got out of this for my MA program, but applying to PhD programs means that I won't be able to do the same thing. I have a book and a plan to dedicate at least 20 minutes a day Monday-Friday to studying for the GRE. My plan is to take it in early-to-mid October so I can finish up my applications for my PhD program in November/December.

Apply to PhD programs

Obviously, applying to PhD programs are in my future. Isn't it crazy how it's all going to work? If I felt that applying to my MA after my BA was rushed, I feel that doubly applying to my PhD after my MA. I feel like this time passed way too quickly, and I don't feel ready at all for this leap.

I am so thankful for the time I spent getting my Master's though, because I simply wasn't ready mentally to get into a PhD program right out of my BA program. Most of the time I spent in undergrad I couldn't imagine myself studying sociology past a Bachelor's degree, so I didn't get as involved in college as I could have with sociology. Having this time was extremely beneficial to me.

Use the Pomodoro technique to effectively study

As you guys so last week, the Pomodoro Technique is my new best friend. I have been loving this method as a way to study and work on my blog and I plan to use this method throughout my entire time as a student this semester of graduate school. It's so helpful for me and it makes me a better student. So, this semester my goal is to keep up with using the pomodoro technique so that I can continue to work effectively.

Miscellaneous Goals:

Lastly I have a couple of miscellaneous goals that I also want mention on this post.

Post at least once a day Monday-Friday on Tri Sigma's Instagram

As the school semester get's started, Tri Sigma sometimes get put on the backburner, but I don't want that to happen as I get back to school this year. My goal is to at least post one picture a day Monday-Friday. I recently downloaded the app Repost on my phone which makes reposting Instagram photos I love so much easier. I even sprung for the version that allows you to take off the bar at the bottom and makes for more visually appealing pictures. I think that this will make reposting to the Tri Sigma Instagram much easier, even as the semester goes on which is great for me.

Create a great résumé or CV

Creating a résumé or curriculum vitae (CV) is pretty necessary for me as I am applying to PhD programs this semester and a lot of them require résumés or CVs, but I really want to make this a big goal anyway so that I remember how important this goal is to me.

Get a desktop computer

I like having my Macbook Pro, don't get me wrong, but I really want a desktop computer. I was thinking about getting an iMac, but honestly, any good desktop computer will do (and at this point I am leaning toward just a regular desktop computer because it is much cheaper than an iMac (and I like Windows desktops, I just hated Windows laptops.)  

Having a desktop will be so beneficial for editing pictures, creating fun graphics, Netflix/Hulu marathons, etc. Having a bigger screen (and potentially two screens because why not) will allow me to do better research at home which I am excited about. So, my mission this semester is to get a desktop computer.

Your Questions Answered

Every blue moon I like to sit back and answer some of your questions for me. This week I am answering a few of your questions from across the internet today. Do you have a question for me? Be sure to leave it in the comments or tweet it at me so that I can see it!

Your Questions Answered | Click through as I answer questions about sorority life, college, graduate school, and more!

What is your favorite thing about being in a sorority?

(Question from Elly of Elly's Avenue)

My favorite thing about being in a sorority is a toss up between the sisterhood and the ability to grow that happens in a sorority.

I love my sisters from my collegiate chapter at the University of Central Arkansas and across the country. I have developed so many great relationships with sisters across the country and it has truly been a blessing to me to be able to have so many instant connections just because we share the same sorority sisterhood. The bonds of Tri Sigma are so special to me, and it is crazy to think that I have taken the same vows as so many amazing women all across the country.

Second is the personal growth. I was able to hold a lot of great leadership positions with Tri Sigma as an undergraduate and now as an alumna I have grown immensely. As an undergraduate I was able to hold the positions of Housing chair and Triangle chair which allowed quite a lot of growth for me. Now as an alumna volunteering within the Marketing and Communications Department, I have grown so much in my abilities as a marketer and communicator. I was even able to attend Tri Sigma's Convention this year which allowed for so much personal growth through workshops and guest speakers.

Those are definitely the things that I love so much about Tri Sigma and being in a sorority.

How did you decide on graduate school?

(Question from Katelyn of Katelyn Blogs)

For me, I personally chose graduate school because I didn't know what else to do––in a way. I was going though my last semester at the University of Central Arkansas and working in the sociology department. I loved working with all my professors and the relationships they developed with their co-workers. That really made me want to continue to work on my degree and get my MA at least. Then I literally chose my program due to proximity. It happened to be close to my parents, and the other option in my state was too far away for my liking.

Now as I am preparing to pick a PhD program my method of choosing a program is much more based on the program and the research I want to do in graduate school. Going to graduate school is a costly effort, but I think it really works, especially if you are in a field like mine where having a higher degree is the key to actually finding a job in your field. Sociology is a great Bachelor's degree that you can use for multiple careers, but to get a job in the actual field of Sociology having a MA or a PhD is rather necessary.

I think going to graduate school takes a lot of discipline so while choosing to go to graduate school and getting in may be easy, it takes a lot of effort to stay in graduate school. My advice to anyone who is deciding on graduate school is to understand that just because something is difficult doesn't mean it's not fun or interesting. As students we need to stop thinking that all fun things are easy. I know I had that feeling, especially when during my first semester in graduate school I felt like I was drowning in work. With that in mind, don't pick a graduate program expecting it will always be easy easy, pick it because you love the subject you will be studying and want to get better at that subject. 

Did you have internships that were in the field of study you want to work in?

(Question from Tanna of Collar to Collar)

I did not have an internship in the field of study I wanted to work in––mainly because in undergrad, I didn't want to continue learning about sociology until my last semester in college. Every semester leading up to that I was sure I wouldn't keep studying sociology past undergrad and that instead I would go to graduate school for College Student Personnel Administration (basically higher education administration and working in any field of a college besides being a professor.) 

If you know where you want to go I highly encourage that you get an internship in that field or that you get highly involved in that field somehow. When I thought about going to college for CSPA I decided to become a UCA Ambassador so that I could give tours to potential college students and learn more about how the Admissions office worked, I also sought out mentors within higher education and met with people who did the jobs I was interested in.

So, while I didn't get an internship in the field of study I was interested in, I highly encourage finding ways to have internships or getting involved in activities that lead to this kind of involvement. For all my liberal arts folks out there I highly encourage The Washington Center. My alma mater had a really great connection with TWC and I know a lot of my friends who did a summer in Washington DC and they absolutely loved their time there.

How do you balance blogging with school work?

(Question from Kimberly of Sensible Stylista)

Balancing blogging with school work has been something that I have become better with as time goes on, but there are still times when I really have to step back and remember that right now my job is school over blogging. At the end of the day, I really value my education, and if I feel like blogging is getting in the way of that or I really need to focus on school work, I will go MIA from the blog.

Overall though, the biggest thing that I do to balance blogging with school work is I use my weekend time to really get stuff done. I try to write all my blogs for the week during the weekend, get them scheduled, get pictures and graphics made for them, etc. during the weekend so I can do school work and focus on my time as a graduate assistant during the week. 

Having a dedicated blogging time for me is extremely helpful. When I don't schedule time to sit down and work on my blog separate from school my life becomes a bit of a jumbled mess. I have really been loving the Pomodoro Technique lately for keeping all these times separate from each other.

I hope you found this post super helpful. If you have any more questions don't hesitate to contact me with your questions for my next installment of Your Questions Answered.