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Should I Mention My Sorority on My Resume?

Should You Mention Your Sorority on Your Résumé?

If you were rocking the Greek life in college, you may be wondering if including it on your résumé will help or harm your chances of landing your first post-college job. The portrayal of "sorority girls" or "frat boys" in the media often perpetuates negative stereotypes (see, for example, Dazed and Confused or, worse, the upcoming Goat), though in reality, sorority life can actually instill some of the fundamental building blocks of being a great employee: teamwork, commitment, enthusiasm, and loyalty, to name a few.

Another big draw for joining a sorority is for the networking and strong alumni connections, and if your interviewer happens to have been in the same house at another school, it can only strengthen your position and provide fodder for conversation. Listing your sorority is an indication that you were active during college, and it's especially helpful if you held a leadership role in your house, as this will highlight your leadership skills and experience.

Bottom line: the interviewer shouldn't judge you for your involvement in a sorority, and they'll likely focus more closely on your academic achievements anyway. So don't be afraid to mention your sorority on your résumé, but make sure it's not the only thing that makes you interesting.

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McCubcakes McCubcakes 9 years
I've always included it. I think it's fair to include but there should be a time when it's taken off, especially if you aren't involved in your alumnae group. I say, 5 years out...then it should be taken off of a resume. Putting it on there gives you the opportunity to talk about it. I agree with LibbyEAW, if the employer is going to judge based on an organization you joined, then you probably don't want to work there. A sorority builds friendships, extends your network, and provides opportunities for philanthropy and socializing. I can't see how any of that would be seen as a negative...
annaise annaise 9 years
What if the interviewer doesn't like the sororiety?
nomadreader nomadreader 9 years
I used to include it on my resume, and it actually helped me get my first job out of college. My boss's daughter happened to be in the same sorority, and he admitted it's what got me the interview. I got the job because I aced the interview, but my sorority got my foot in the door.
fleurfairy fleurfairy 9 years
I have my sorority on my resume and I believe it has gotten me the jobs that I want. Especially because I went to a big university.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
"If they look badly on it, its probably b/c they weren't in one or they didn't get accepted:)" Berlin, I agree with you, which is why I would recommend leaving it off. Why put something on there that could be divisive? From an outsider's perspective (as in, someone who wasn't in a sorortiy), I don't really know what it entails, other than the stereotypes. It's not that I'm bitter - I went to a school that didn't even have sororities so I didn't have the option. If you had a leadership position, I might include it, but only if you needed a filler. Since you've already been through grad school, I think prospective employers would rather see some more recent accomplishments.
Berlin Berlin 9 years
While it may mean a load of partying in your college days to be in a sorority, it also shows diligence and commitment. Recruiters won't look at the name and think how many nights you spent passed out on the floor b/c that's everyone in college lol. They will likely think how you had to keep your grades up while also being involved in such a time consuming and demanding group. If they look badly on it, its probably b/c they weren't in one or they didn't get accepted:) And I'm not even in one and that's how I'd think if someone looked down on it when seeing it on a resume! Drinking and partying is a very small part and usually not even though of when thinking of a sorority...unless your at the age where you're active in it!
jessy777 jessy777 9 years
For a long time I included my co-ed fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega, because of the volunteer work that I participated in and my leadership. I recently removed and replaced it with my accomplishments that I have had since I graduated 2 years ago. I think that it can help but I see how a person might have a bias about someone based on such information. I do not include volunteer work or leadership events that show a political bias for this reason as I have had it prevent me from receiving jobs in the past.
graduatedsqueaks graduatedsqueaks 9 years
If you were in a leadership role in your sorority, I think it would help. But if you were just a member, and you've got enough other positive attributes listed on your resume, you probably don't need it.
tee0206 tee0206 9 years
I was also in a sorority, and I included my sorority leadership experience on my resume (though I left out the fact that I was on the Greek Week Steering Committee). However, I was also involved in student involvement and had affiliations with professional organizations (i.e. the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals).
soupie soupie 9 years
I was never in a sorority myself...but I am an engineer, and I think including it may be a good thing. Employers seem to want to hire engineers with good communication skills....basically, not your "stereotypical" engineer....someone who just plugs away at their work. So if they see you were involved and social, it could be helpful to your job search.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
I've been thinking about this a bit more. To me there's a difference between just saying "I was a Delta Nu," which doesn't tell me anything about what you learned from it, and "I served as Delta Nu's new member educator; in that position I planned member lessons, mentored new members, ensured that our activities met risk-management guidelines and planned a 3-day initiation event with a budget of $5,000." You have to *say* all the things you did for it to make a difference to your potential employer. It's the same as any job - saying "I was a junior associate" doesn't mean anything, whereas "I managed the account team for 5 projects; we met our deadlines 100% of the time and only spent 80% of our budget." You know? And, full disclosure, right now my sorority ties are not on my resume. If I were to apply for a job in this community, I might include my alumnae leadership role, to show that I am connected to the area; but if I were applying to something outside the area, it would probably stay off. And since I am only in that role through December, it has a limited shelf life.
mymaria mymaria 9 years
I was in a sorority in college and held several positions, included President, and have always kept it on my resume, even after receiving my Master's Degree. Being in a sorority taught me leadership skills, we did a lot of philanthropy and most important, how to work well with others and in teams, groups, committees, and these are all skills, along with all the positives written already, that is very imporant in business which is my field. Even members that were not in positions still (hopefully) gained experiences that will help prepare you for the working world. I go back to those days and the things I learned from being in a sorority all the time and it's been more than 10 years out. It's a personal decision to leave it on or take it out, but as a small business owner and one that hires interns from the local university often, I tend to look favorably on those that have been in the greek system because I rememeber how much I learned from it. Hope that helps and good luck!
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I should also add that I'm an attorney and that my field is pretty conservative.
runningesq runningesq 9 years
I was in a sorority, and while I had a few leadership positions, I LEFT IT OFF my resume. While the Greek scenes vary from school to school, the word "sorority girl" still connotates (to me) a boozy, floozy, airhead. I KNOW that is not true, but I think it's a big risk to take. Let your pesonality show them that you are social and can play nicely ;) with others
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
It might be one that your employer or boss was in, then it could get you an "IN" for an interview or job... Maybe you could use it as a means to list what community or service or volunteer projects y'all did. Isnt that what sororities are for anyways? Then it would seem more relevant to the employers who are looking at your resume that have no Greek affiliation. Then it would make more sense to them.
emmag emmag 9 years
Mentioning if you belonged to a sorority is only relevant to a prospective employer if it demonstrates something about you. A resume isn't a laundry-list, it's a best-of. If you did something really exemplary there, then include it. If not, why overcomplicate?
buttafli2112 buttafli2112 9 years
which sorority's is everyone talking about?! haha im currently in one, and am going to run for a leadership position come the fall. i LOVE LOVE it- we have fun, but we are so dedicated to philanthrophy- as for jobs, a TON of my sisters have networked with Alumni to get internships and jobs after graduation. I think its a great help, but I haven't graduated yet so i personally cannot add my experience in.
valancyjane valancyjane 9 years
I'm speaking as a sorority member and current president of my alumnae association; also as someone who hires interns. If you didn't have a leadership role, mentioning your sorority can seem like a spacefiller, which might be a turnoff. It isn't that this is a bad association, but it makes me wonder if that's the best a candidate has to offer. This is particularly true for someone who's a few years out from undergrad. Whether you've been in school or not, you've still been away from the chapter and have had time to develop other associations. I was lucky because I'd held a sorority position that was related to my field, so I could mention it in a job/skills context. If you can talk about your sorority experience in a way that backs up your skills, then it's a lot more relevant. And anyway, your resume is supposed to be about your skills, not about your personality.
LibbyEAW LibbyEAW 9 years
I wasn't a sorority girl myself but have a lot of friends who were and those connections continue to help them. In fact, as a recruiter (in a technical field) I think highly of people who were involved in their university in any way. Sorority or Fraternity membership is indicative of someone who is well rounded, personable and understands work-life balance- to me, a quality potential employee. Keep in mind, if there is someone out there who doesn't want to hire you because of a legitimate association you had during college, they may not be the type of employer you want to work for!
hkdkat hkdkat 9 years
I have my affiliation on there to show leadership abilities. I have been an officer in my alum group beyond college and so I list the offices I've held. I'm currently on the Facility Corporation Board as well so that is on there too.
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