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SUCCESS MEETS SORORITIES

Oct 14,2023 | Gairly

SUCCESS MEETS SORORITIES

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SUCCESS MEETS SORORITIES

AUG 16, 2023

Success Meets Sororities - How to Leverage Your Sorority

An extremely important and helpful benefit you gain when joining a sorority is your access to their academic bank, networking connections, and resume booster opportunities.

Academic Banks

Your sorority wants you to succeed so many have found different ways to provide support to its members academic pursuits. This can come in the form of practice tests, professor ratings, course reviews, and study guides. Take advantage of all of the resources available.

Also, keep in mind that many of your sisters have either taken the class before and can provide valuable advice on what to expect and how to study or may be taking the same class as you so you can rely on each other when studying.

Networking

This is one of the most important aspects of joining a sorority that often goes unnoticed. By joining a sorority, not only are you joining millions of other women across the country that have done the same, you also have specific ties to those that are either in your sorority, school, or both.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to current sisters that you admire, alumni from your school, or alumni from your sorority and/or school in general. You can gain anything from advice and connections to others to job roles such as a summer job, an internship, or a full time position. It never hurts to reach out and you never know what could come out of it. Additionally, it’s great practice learning how to network with different people, with varying career positions, that you have varying relationships with.

If you ever find someone that you would like to network with, check if they were in a sorority and if so, what chapter and school. If you have any connection to either, then use that when reaching out!

Resume Boost

Sororities provide SO many opportunities for resume building. From leadership roles and philanthropic events to fine tuning your soft skills, identify the different opportunities your sorority offers and utilize them!

Here are a few common opportunities and soft skills you can add to your resume:

Leadership Positions: There are many different leadership positions sororities offer with varying workloads. Find one that you are interested in and will prepare you for your future career.

Event Planning: Most, if not all, positions require some degree of event planning. Take note of how many people you expect in attendance, your budget, the size of your team, and timeline for your resume!

Workshops and Trainings: Sororities throughout the year host different workshops and training sessions. This can range from career advice to health workshops, such as CPR training, but each one will provide you with beneficial knowledge and potential resume points. For example, while CPR training isn’t something you would typically associate with your resume, however, many jobs such as child care recommend it, which may translate to a job you can add to your resume.

Event Promotion and Marketing: Every sorority event is promoted, even internal ones. Interviewers will appreciate those that can handle the responsibility as a liaison to a large group of people relaying information and the ability to encourage participation to a wide range of events and people.

Public Speaking: Even though running a chapter doesn’t seem like a resume point, it is 1000%. Rather than saying “I ran chapter”, you can say you “Led dynamic chapter meetings for over 200 members, effectively balancing structure and engagement to ensure productive discussions and participation.

Utilized strategic agenda planning, incorporating interactive activities and guest speakers to maintain interest and foster a sense of inclusivity, resulting in improved attendance and heightened member engagement.”

Conflict Resolution: I don’t think this one needs a long explanation but by joining a sorority, you are bound to improve your conflict resolution skills. From actual disagreements, to scheduling conflicts, to improving attitudes and attendance, you will easily find ways to resolve conflict that you can add to your resume

Remember that it’s your responsibility to identify these opportunities. Take action and work hard and you will hone key skills, meet new people, and gain invaluable experiences.

Networking & Career Development in a Sorority

After joining a sorority, you now have a connection with millions of other women across the country who did as well. Keep that in mind when networking because establishing a connection is extremely important. However, networking can be a daunting task so hopefully this article will help. We will cover how to find people to network with and how to reach out, as well as helpful tips.

How do you find people to network with??

This can be the hardest part for some but don’t worry! You will find people that would love to help you. There are a few different groups of people you can reach out to. The first group is your close friends and family. Ask your family and friends (and sorority sisters!) if they have anyone they think you should reach out to. This works well because they will typically provide connections to people that they have strong relationships with such as a close friend, parent, or coworker.

This already sets you up for success when reaching out. The second group is professionals in your life. This can include professors and previous coworkers and bosses. The third group includes pretty much anyone else. Go on a career page such as LinkedIn and start finding people that you admire such as professionals that work at a company you would like to work at or professionals that are currently working in a field or position you are interested in. From here, you can either look through each profile and identify connections or you can filter for their alumni or geographic locations. Either way, build a list of people you would like to network with and try to find connections if possible.

What do I say to them? How do I reach out?

We’ve got you covered here too! Follow this basic template when reaching out and tailor it for your specific situation.

Step 1: Introduce yourself!

Remember that even though they may have heard of you through a connection or may have access to your LinkedIn, it's important to introduce yourself. Something as simple as stating your name and current career or academic position will be great. Also, greet them with their first name. This will come off more authentic. For example:

“Hi Stephanie, I hope you are doing well. My name is Sophia and I am a Senior at the University of Alabama majoring in Business Administration”

Step 2: Explain Your Reason for Networking

Next, provide a brief explanation of why you are networking. This can be anything from career goals to academic advice.

“I am very interested in a career in consulting….


Step 3: Provide a Connection if Possible

If you were able to find any connection, highlight it next!

“... and your colleague Jim, recommended I reach out to you.”
“... and I saw that you not only are working at Google, but that you were also a member of Kappa Alpha Theta at the University of Idaho just like me!”

Step 4: Explain your Ultimate Goal in Networking

This can vary depending on your goal but a common one would be to schedule a time to talk.

“I would love to hear about your experience and ask you a few questions. I understand that you are extremely busy, but if you have any time to chat, please let me know. Thank you!”

 

 

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