Rush 101: Perfecting Your Resume

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RUSH 101: PERFECTING YOUR RESUME

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Welcome back to Love, Me Photography’s Rush 101 series! We’re continuing our conversation about all things sorority recruitment with today’s post on creating the perfect resume. If you’re new to the blog and feeling a little overwhelmed by all the Alpha-Delta-Kappa-Panhellenic terminology, be sure to swing by the first installment of our series: The Recruitment Information Packet.  All set? Let’s dive right in by breaking down a standard resume section by section!

HEADER

  • Name
  • Address
  • Home Number
  • Cell Number
  • Email

Note: Put your name front and center at the top of your resume and make sure that it stands out. This can be accomplished by bolding your name, increasing the font size, or both! You can also get creative with your font style, but remember that readability is the most important thing. You don’t want everyone calling you Kelly if your name is actually Kylie. Just saying. Include the rest of your information (i.e. your name, address, home and cell number, and email) in a single line right below.

SECTION 1: EDUCATION 

  • Graduating High School [include address]
  • Graduation Date
  • Class Rank
  • GPA [weighted and un-weighted]
  • Dual Credit/AP Courses
  • ACT/SAT Scores 

Note: Keep this section (and the next one) simple by just entering the necessary data. No explanations required!

SECTION 2: PERSONAL INFORMATION

  • Date of Birth
  • College Attending + Class [example: University of Texas, Class of 2021]
  • Intended Major [if known]
  • Mother [include her married and maiden name, college, degree, and occupation]
  • Father [include his name, college, degree, and occupation]

SECTION 3: HONORS AND AWARDS 

Example: Cheerleader of the Year (12)—Nominated by my cheerleading coach and the school’s Athletic Director. 

Note: Go on girl, show off all that hard work! DO include every scholastic and extracurricular achievement you can think of this side of high school along with a short description and the year the award was received. DON’T dig back into the elementary school archives. (Even though I personally think it’s amazing that you won the title of “fastest girl” in the fourth grade, it probably won’t come up in conversation during any of your sorority house visits.)

SECTION 4: LEADERSHIP ROLES (*This section can also be combined with section 3 if desired)

Example: Features Editor, Mane Event Newspaper (12)—Wrote copy for Features section of school newspaper, sold ads to local businesses, and edited classmates’ work prior to publication.

Note: Leadership roles are so(ooo) important to include on your resume. As a member of a sorority, you’ll have the opportunity to lead philanthropy events, plan mixers with other Greek groups, and so much more—current members want to know that you’re up to the task of stepping into a leadership position within the chapter one day!

SECTION 5: ACTIVITIES + INTERESTS 

  • Church Youth Group
  • Fashion Blogging
  • Newspaper Reporting
  • French Club
  • Painting
  • Club Soccer

SECTION 6: COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT 

  • Boys and Girls Club Volunteer
  • Elementary School Tutor
  • Volunteer at Children’s Medical Center—Helped children create crafts on weekends and visited with patients.

Note: Descriptions aren’t always necessary for Section 6 and Section 7. Only include them if you feel that an activity or interest requires a little extra context.

SECTION 7: EMPLOYMENT 

Example: Bob’s Snow Cone Stand (Grades 8-12)—Started as assistant and worked up to Head Manager by end of senior year.

Note: Don’t forget to include the length of time you’ve worked for each employer + a brief description. PS: Yes, babysitting counts!

SECTION 8: GREEK AFFILIATIONS 

Example: 

Jane Doe, Mother: Delta Gamma, Eta Alpha Chapter, Pepperdine University ‘88

Jim Doe, Father: Delta Sigma Phi, Lambda Chapter, North Carolina State ‘87

Jenna Doe, Sister: Delta Delta Delta, Beta Phi Chapter, University of Oklahoma ‘15

Jamie Doe, Grandmother: Kappa Kappa Gamma, Sigma Chapter, Texas Tech University ‘64

Note: Sororities will look at this section to find out if you’re a legacy (i.e., if you have family ties to one or more sorority houses). Be sure to include each member of your family’s graduating college, sorority or fraternity, chapter name (if you know it), and pledge year.

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Crystal: Hi there! In addition to including information from your high school (i.e. your class rank, activities and involvements, etc) you will want to include academic and social/philanthropic information from your current university. List your current university, the GPA you'll be ending the year with, and any campus involvements, clubs, or volunteer organizations you have worked with prior to your transfer. I hope this helps, and would love to have you join my Sorority Scoop group for further information! Sign up here: http://lovemephotography.com/the-experience/join-sorority-scoop (Dec 22, 2016 at 10:06 am)
a: i need help! i'm a transfer student seeking recruitment at my new university. what do i put on my resume? (Dec 21, 2016 at 15:17 pm)
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Crystal: Hi Kenzie, I am just now seeing your comment...so glad to hear that the post was helpful for you! I don't think it's a deal-breaker at all. In fact, you could use this as a great talking point during recruitment week. All sororities have a specific philanthropy that they work with, so I think it would be very well received if you mentioned that you are really looking forward to getting involved with serving the community through a sorority! Since you don't have any experience as of now, just leave that section off of your resume. I hope this helps! (Jul 30, 2016 at 13:55 pm)
Kenzie: This post has helped me so much with knowing what to put on a resume! Sadly in high school I never did community service even though I always wanted to. Is this a deal breaker for most sororities or is it okay because I am very interested in doing it?? Also what should I put on my resume for that or should I just leave that off of it? (Jul 03, 2016 at 01:14 am)
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