Written By Celia Barrientos, Peer Career Educator
Should I put my experience in Greek Life on my resume? As a Peer Career Educator, I hear that question all of the time, and to that question I almost always say, yes! As a founder of the University of Maryland Colony of Sigma Lambda Gamma, I know firsthand the amount of time, energy, and effort that goes into Greek Life. And the good news is that the skills you use and learn through Greek Life are 100% transferable to the world of work. I cannot stress enough the amount of work that goes into running a Greek entity. You should be proud of your hard work and showcase it on your resume.
There are many different reasons why you should include Greek Life on your resume, and below are a few items to consider.
Executive Board Positions
Executive board positions in your chapter can exemplify many skills that can be useful for job applications. Executive board positions develop your leadership skills, which translate to any job of interest. Through executive board positions, you learn how to collaborate with and manage other people. In addition to leadership skills, executive board positions often require you to develop specific skill sets that are relevant to your desired career path.
Greek organizations foster community while you are in school and after you graduate. Alumni networks for Greek organizations are strong, and tapping into this network can be an effective way to get your foot in the door at your dream company. Additionally, because you never know who may be reading your resume, your fraternity/sorority could be recognized by a hiring manager and could be the tipping point to land you an interview.
Is it Always Resume Worthy?
It all depends! Ask yourself: Did I gain any transferable skills from my experience? If you answered yes, it is resume worthy. Let’s face it, there are stereotypes about Greek life, but if you are aware of that and decide to articulate your experience in a positive, productive light on your resume, it can be an important asset.
Ultimately, it is up to you whether you want to include ANY experience on your resume, including Greek life. Be sure that you feel comfortable and confident about articulating what you did and learned from every experience on your resume.