Since Alpha Delta Pi, the first secret society for women, was founded in 1851, sorority women have been making their mark in careers ranging from politics to pop culture.
According to The Fraternity Advisor, 71 percent of individuals listed on “Who’s Who in America” are members of Greek organizations. Furthermore, 85 percent of Fortune 500 leaders are members of a sorority or fraternity, and many sorority women have gone down in history for their leadership and innovation as senators, astronauts, authors, actresses and philanthropists.
The passion, commitment, precision and poise embodied by these sorority women has shaped their professional success, and it can do the same for you.
Here are just a few reasons why your sorority experience will set you apart when applying for your dream internship or looking for full-time employment after graduation:
1. Work is like a day-long chapter meeting.
If you’ve ever sat in a Board of Trustees meeting or worked with a committee at your job or internship then you can easily see the resemblance between work and sorority life. In fact, According to USA Today, those weekly chapter meetings and leadership opportunities are preparing you to climb the corporate with ease.
2. Recruitment will teach you to crush any interview.
You might want to pay extra attention to those recruitment tips your VP of Membership shares during work week this year. Mastering the art of making genuine connections through values-based conversations will actually help you to sell the sorority experience to both potential new members and potential employers. Something Greek considers this one of the most marketable skills sorority members gain.
3. You’re used to working on a team of 200.
Your ability to collaborate with and support individuals from all walks of life is a crucial skill in the workplace that can easily be developed by encouraging your chapter to work together as a team.
4. You practically double majored in philanthropy.
Many businesses want to be philanthropic partners in their community, and your experience with philanthropy and community service will help you to fit right in. USA Today mentions philanthropic partnerships in sorority life can help to guide members when selecting a major or career.
5. You have a professional network of 9 million.
Being in a Greek organization helps you to network and connect with millions of other Greeks across the nation. Every supervisor I have ever had was in a Greek organization and held a leadership role in their chapter, and during every job interview, potential employers have asked me about my Greek experience. I have received second interviews simply because of my sorority affiliation, and I gained an internship with Autism Speaks as a result of working with the organization through my chapter.
So, don’t be afraid to flaunt your sorority experience on your resume and during your next job interview. You might just be the next famous sorority woman to take the corporate world by storm.