As we grow closer to Sorority Recruitment preparation I thought it would be so helpful to all you potential new members to give some insight to the recruitment process. I’ve been a PNM and my sorority’s recruitment chair, so you can say that I know a thing or two about recruitment. Today I want to talk about resumes. They are so important because they are the chapters’ first impression of you, so you want yours to represent you well. Now that I’m an alum (*cries*), I’ve narrowed down five tips that I think every PNM should know about resumes. If you are still looking for some resume help, I offer resume critiques as well as RIF packet consultations. You can visit my Sorority Recruitment Prep page for more info on that! Feel free to shoot me an email with inquires or suggestions about what sorority recruitment topic you would like me to cover next.
- Keep your resume down to one, maybe two, pages: You only have so much room to make an impression, so hit the high points. Personal information, activities and volunteer hours are the main categories. I think if you have three really great activities or leadership positions, that’s better than seven just okay ones for content and length.
- Remember that not everyone knows what you’re talking about: For activities I would write a description for a program that is unique to your school, unless you held a leadership position in a club. In that case, explain your responsibilities. At my high school we had a fundraising week called H.E.R.O.E.S. Week, so I explained what that was, but didn’t explain NHS since I wasn’t an officer. Same goes for volunteer efforts–but you also need to make sure you include your total hours served for philanthropy.
- Don’t fill white space with useless information: White space is good! It keeps your document from looking too overwhelming (which makes it less appealing to read). Plus I would rather read a short, concise resume than a cluttered one that I have to sift through to find the good stuff. Leave off your parents’ college info, fun facts about yourself, references, work experience or a picture of yourself (actually in the document).
- Print on resume paper if you’re feeling fancy, but printer paper is just fine too: I’ve seen four page resumes on pearly pink card stock paper. I would say it was a little much, not to mention really expensive. Don’t waste your money for something that’s just going to end up in recycling! Resume paper is best, but if you can’t swing it don’t worry! White printer paper gets the job done. (However, if you’re job hunting you must have resume paper!)
- Don’t lie: How awkward would it be if a member asks you during recruitment about those 100 volunteer hours at the local food pantry that you lied about on your resume and you didn’t know what to say? How awkward would it be to find out that she also volunteers there and has never seen you and can tell you have no idea what to say about it? Sounds like a nightmare, I know. So don’t lie on your resume because if the chapters find out it won’t look very good for you! They want to get to know the real you, so show them how awesome she is!
Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.