I was talking to one of my cute clients the other day, and she said something that really caught me off guard: “I’m starting to work on my sorority recruitment packet this month.”
Wait, what? I thought. That can’t be right! I know this makes me sound completely old, but “back in the day,” I’m pretty sure that girls sent off their transcripts and résumés during the SUMMER and that recruitment began in the fall. Now, it seems like most colleges host events for freshman during the summer months, which means that the “unofficial” recruitment process begins much earlier.
Other things have changed, too. Instead of asking mom to take a picture in the backyard (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything), my senior girls frequently bring special outfits to their portrait sessions so that they have the option of including professional prints in their recruitment packets. And instead of mailing a basic cover letter along with SAT scores and a transcript, I’m seeing girls create branded notebooks, custom sticker labels, logo-ed stationery…the works!
Quick note: Don’t panic if you haven’t started thinking in the direction of sorority recruitment yet, and don’t feel like you have to design a couture personal logo, either! Honest information always trumps flashy presentation. That being said, creating a unique look for your sorority recruitment packet IS a fun way to show off your personality and set your application apart. Bottom line: tackle this recruitment task (and the entire rush process!) in whatever way feels most like YOU.
Let’s take a look at the basic information you’ll need to include in your packet. After you’ve read through our list of recruitment essentials, be sure to download our FREE cover letter template! Switch out the example monogram with your own initials, swap out the colors until you find a look that fits your style, and voila! Your packet is ready to go and sure to shine!
WHAT IS A RECRUITMENT PACKET?
A recruitment information packet, also known as a “recommendation packet,” is a compilation of all the information an alumna of a sorority needs in order to write you a letter of recommendation. You will need to create a separate recruitment packet for every single sorority on the college campus you will be attending.
WHO GETS YOUR RECRUITMENT PACKET?
You should send a recruitment packet to a local alumna of every single sorority housed on your college campus. If you don’t know a former Theta, Kappa, or Delta Gamma personally, don’t worry—your local Panhellenic organization should be able to provide you with a list of women to contact.
HOW DO YOU SEND A RECRUITMENT PACKET?
Call and ask each alumna on your list if she would be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. After she agrees (because really, who WOULDN’T want to write a rec letter for you?), set a date and time for you to drop off your packet at her home. After writing your letter of recommendation, each alumna will mail your completed recruitment packet to the proper sorority house on your behalf.
*RECRUITMENT PACKET ESSENTIALS:
- Large envelopes: 11×14 envelopes should work perfectly. For each packet you will need to include one blank envelope (this will contain every item in your packet and should be handed directly to each alumna on your list) and one pre-stamped envelope addressed to a specific sorority house (the alumna will mail this envelope to the sorority on your behalf).
- Postage: You are responsible for paying the postage for your recruitment packets, not the women writing your letters of recommendation. Make sure to weigh your packets in advance so that the proper amount of postage is included on each envelope.
- Label stickers: Print your return address and the address of each sorority house on label stickers for a uniform look. Be sure to research the name of each sorority’s VP of Membership and address your packet directly to her—she’s in charge of the entire recruitment process, and personal touches really do make a difference!
- 2 copies of your résumé: One for the alumna writing your recommendation, and one for the corresponding sorority house!
- 2 copies of your high school transcript
- 2 copies of your ACT and/or SAT scores
- Cover letter: Your cover letter should be addressed to the alumna writing a recommendation on your behalf, NOT the sorority house your packet will be mailed to. If your letter-writer doesn’t know you personally, this is your chance to introduce yourself and tell her all about why you’re looking forward to attending college, joining a sorority, and getting involved on campus!
- Three pictures: Most sororities will ask for a variety of shots—at least one headshot, a full body pose, and a three-quarter view. It’s a great idea to affix a label to the back of each photo that includes your name, hometown, and high school.
- Letter of recommendation
*Be sure to check each sorority’s website and your Panhellenic website for specific requirements!
Congrats! You are now equipped with our recruitment packet essentials list and a super cute cover letter template! Stay tuned for the next installment of our Rush 101 series: How to format a recruitment résumé. Until then, learn more about how to build a standout packet by reading this blog post and researching your local Panhellenic organization’s specific guidelines!
PS: Just wanted you to know that you’re MY rush crush. Every single one of you!