Okay it’s been a month….and the vacation is over officially!!! My “inbox” has been flowing over with questions about recruitment across the USA.  Many, many questions have to do with recs and resumes so thought today would be a great day for a little review (Hmmm…seem to be stuck on “r” words today).

First a little about resumes.  I have looked at well over 100 resumes since I last posted! Seriously…I am not kidding.  Thought I might share a few tidbits of resumes knowledge and info.

The purpose of a resume is two-fold, it’s a tool to help the women who are writing your recommendations and it is your paper introduction to the sororities its sent to.  Although there’s a little wiggle room, for the most part there is very specific information on a resume.  The information paints a picture of who “you” are.  It tells about you the young woman, a little about your parents (their college experiences and career paths)  you the student, achievements and awards you have won, the activities you participate in, your volunteer experiences, any work history and what you like to do in your spare time.

The women who have so graciously agreed to fill out their sorority’s recommendation form,  supporting you for membership, will use your resume to answer the questions on the form as completely as possible .  It’s very important that your resume has all the necessary information so that the rec writer doesn’t have to keep reaching out to you because of missing information.  Here’s a list of what needs to be covered on your resume. Remember to put the years (2010-2013) or the grade (9, 10, 11, 12) next to Achievements and Awards, Activities and Volunteer/Philanthropy.

Your resume should include, in this order:

Name, contact information (including cell# and email).

Education: High School, GPA (ex: 3.8 on a 4.0 scale), Class Rank (if your school doesn’t rank then use a percentile, for example top 5% out of number of seniors), ACT and or SAT scores.  You can list any AP classes.

Personal Information: Date of Birth, College attending, Class Entering, Intended Major, Parents names, colleges they attended and current occupations.

Achievements and Awards: List any awards you have won during your 4 years of high school (they can be both in and out of school). List any leadership positions held, for example: Tennis Captain, SGA President, any faculty appointed positions.  It’s in this section you would put NHS as well as any scholarships.

Activities: List all activities that you have been involved in both in and out of school.

Volunteer/Philanthropy: List all volunteer opportunities.  If you were a member of NHS remember to list those activities as well. This is a section of the resume that sororities pay particular attention to.  They want to see that a PNM has been “involved” in activities that benefit others.

Work Experience: This is just what it says…what jobs have you held?

So that’s a resume.  It’s a powerful too for recruitment, especially at those competitive schools.  I wanted to share a couple of more things, a few helpful hints so to speak. When looking at a resume of a PNM a sorority is looking to see if a PNM starts activities and volunteer opportunities and stays with for extended periods of time.  This speaks to a PNM’s involvement  in the sorority she joins.  If you have a girl who starts an activity or volunteer activity her freshman year and continues it through her senior year it tell a sorority that she sticks with what she joins/chooses to do and so she will stay active and involved in her sorority as well.  Remember it’s not how many different clubs you join and then quit but rather that you join, stay with it and then perhaps takes a leadership position.

If you choose, below the section Personal Information you can make a new section called Greek Affiliations.  In this section you would list and Greek affiliations (both sorority and fraternity) that members of your family have joined, the chapter name, campus and date initiated.  I would stick with mother, father, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents .  Many rec forms ask this questions. Now…there’s some thought about whether you should list legacy status (by this I mean mothers and sisters).  It has happened that a girl listed her legacy through her mother or sister and other sororities on campus saw the strong family ties and will assume that the PNM will go her legacy house and thus they will not invite her to the next round of parties.  I’ve seen a legacy house trump a PNM’s first choice because she was higher up on the legacy house’s list than her first choice. It’s a tough decision.  I tell PNM’s this…if you have a very strong legacy tie on campus and you want to consider all of the other houses then do not list your Greek affiliations.  Pay attention to this as you register with your campus panhellenic as well because they too will ask if you have Greek affiliations and legacy status.  Of the resumes I seen this year most girls listed their affiliations but several have decided not to so that they can have the most opportunities possible.

So there it is the resume.  I’ve written about it before but am still getting tons of questions so thought I’d review.  The second part of the R&R is the Recommendation Form  itself.  Tomorrow I will write specifically about the rec form but I want to get it out there right now (just checked my email and I got asked this question AGAIN!!!). Ladies YOU DO NOT fill out the rec form.  The alum who is going to recommend you to her sorority does this.  Your job is to make sure that your resume is top-notch so that they can fill out that form to the best of their ability, making YOU look like a super star!