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Leaders With Letters
Conference
Resume and Cover Letters for
Greek Life
Facilitator:
Kaitlyn Riley, Graduate Assistant
The Career Center
Hofstra University
A good resume…
• Is concise, clear, and consistent
• Has no grammatical or spelling errors
• Is tailored towards the specific position and the employers
needs
• Highlights transferable skills, achievements and
recognitions, not just duties and responsibilities
• List’s the most relevant facts and experiences FIRST
• “Grab’s” the employer’s attention
*REMEMBER: employers take an average of
10-15 seconds to look over a resume before
discarding it.
The STAR Method
S – Situation you faced
T – Task you completed
A – Action you took
R – Result you achieved
Describe your achievements using STAR
statements
Applying the STAR Method
Applying the STAR
Method
Situation: Business fraternity
Task: Charity events
Action verb: Organized
Result: Raised more than
$4,000
Accomplishment: Organized
business fraternity
philanthropic events which
resulted in contributions
exceeding $4,000
Use Your Action Verbs!
• Administer
• Develop
• Delegate
• Coach
• Propose
• Regulate
• Oversee
• Arrange
• Assess
• Execute
• Organize
• Communicate
• Present
• Initiate
• Contribute
• Collaborate
• Manage
• Coordinate
How to Highlight Your Sorority
or Fraternity Experiences
• Students often make the mistake of omitting or downplaying
their Greek life experiences on their resumes
• The skills and experiences you develop in the positions you
hold in your Fraternity or Sorority are beneficial and can
transfer to a many professional settings in a variety of
industries
• EXAMPLE: If you are a “New Member Educator,” one of
your responsibilities may be to create a training program for
new members. Developing a training program probably
involves creativity, communication, and organizational skills.
ALL of these skills are transferable and can be applied in a
variety of professional settings.
How to List Greek Life on the
Resume
Example:
Leadership Experience
Alpha Alpha Alpha National Sorority
Member 2010-Present
• Participate in various philanthropic and educational events
• Contribute ideas during meetings and motivate members
Public Relations Chair 2011-
2012
• Handled all social media for chapter including promotions of events via Twitter
and Collegiate Link
• Helped increase attendance at various events by up to 50% through marketing
efforts
• Served as a member of the Executive Board and contributed to chapter
decisions

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Resume and Cover Letter Writing for Greek Life Members

  • 1. Leaders With Letters Conference Resume and Cover Letters for Greek Life Facilitator: Kaitlyn Riley, Graduate Assistant The Career Center Hofstra University
  • 2. A good resume… • Is concise, clear, and consistent • Has no grammatical or spelling errors • Is tailored towards the specific position and the employers needs • Highlights transferable skills, achievements and recognitions, not just duties and responsibilities • List’s the most relevant facts and experiences FIRST • “Grab’s” the employer’s attention *REMEMBER: employers take an average of 10-15 seconds to look over a resume before discarding it.
  • 3. The STAR Method S – Situation you faced T – Task you completed A – Action you took R – Result you achieved Describe your achievements using STAR statements
  • 4. Applying the STAR Method Applying the STAR Method Situation: Business fraternity Task: Charity events Action verb: Organized Result: Raised more than $4,000 Accomplishment: Organized business fraternity philanthropic events which resulted in contributions exceeding $4,000 Use Your Action Verbs! • Administer • Develop • Delegate • Coach • Propose • Regulate • Oversee • Arrange • Assess • Execute • Organize • Communicate • Present • Initiate • Contribute • Collaborate • Manage • Coordinate
  • 5. How to Highlight Your Sorority or Fraternity Experiences • Students often make the mistake of omitting or downplaying their Greek life experiences on their resumes • The skills and experiences you develop in the positions you hold in your Fraternity or Sorority are beneficial and can transfer to a many professional settings in a variety of industries • EXAMPLE: If you are a “New Member Educator,” one of your responsibilities may be to create a training program for new members. Developing a training program probably involves creativity, communication, and organizational skills. ALL of these skills are transferable and can be applied in a variety of professional settings.
  • 6. How to List Greek Life on the Resume Example: Leadership Experience Alpha Alpha Alpha National Sorority Member 2010-Present • Participate in various philanthropic and educational events • Contribute ideas during meetings and motivate members Public Relations Chair 2011- 2012 • Handled all social media for chapter including promotions of events via Twitter and Collegiate Link • Helped increase attendance at various events by up to 50% through marketing efforts • Served as a member of the Executive Board and contributed to chapter decisions
  • 7. The Cover Letter The cover letter is an opportunity for you to expand upon your resume and “sell” yourself to the company or organization.
  • 8. A Strong Cover Letter Should… • State the position you are applying for • Include specific information about why you want to work for the employer • Exemplify solid writing skills and be written in business format • Demonstrate your knowledge of the position • Connect your experience with the desired qualifications of the employer • Be three to five paragraphs in length
  • 9. The Cover Letter • Section 1: Opening Paragraph, Introduction • Explain why you are writing • State how you found the position/organization • Mention any referrals • Tell why the position/organization interests you • Give a brief summary of your education
  • 10. The Cover Letter • Section 2: Body Paragraph(s), Sell Yourself • Research the company and the position • Use the employer’s terminology and jargon • Highlight at least one experience (job, activity, project) that illustrates a relevant skill and indicates how you can make a contribution • Draw a connection between the needs of the job opening and the skills and experience that you will bring to the job
  • 11. Drawing a Connection • Don’t just state that you match the job description, make sure that you provide specific detailed examples about your skills, experiences, and accomplishments to show the employer how you meet the requirements. • Try to summarize for the employer how you will fit into the organization and ultimately benefit the work that they do. Remember, the cover letter is showing the employer how you will benefit them, not how the opportunity will benefit you as an applicant. • Do not give up if the job description does not contain a lot of information. Research the company to learn more about the type of applicant they might attract their attention.
  • 12. The Cover Letter • Section 3: Closing Paragraph, Ask for an Interview • Re-emphasize your interest • Politely thank the employer for their time • Re-state your contact information • Request an interview
  • 13. The Interview Objectives of the Interview • Expand on information contained in your resume • Supply information to the employer that is not in your resume (i.e. personality) • Research additional information about the organization and position you are considering Interview Preparation • Know yourself: do your skills and interests correspond with this position and organization? • Know the organization: knowledge of the organization, its products or services, locations, and needs are essential and expected. • Clearly define your goals prior to the interview: employers looks favorably on candidates who have specific and well-defined career goals. • Consider the match: does this position fit in with your long-term career goals?
  • 14. Resources Job Search • Vault.com • jobs, careers, top employers and education programs, job search advice, salary info, job listings, employee message boards and surveys. • Indeed.com • find millions of jobs from thousands of company web sites, job boards and newspapers. one search. all jobs. • Pride Career Management System (Pride- CMS) • Is an online system, which all students and alumni can access 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Hofstra Portal. • Complete an online profile, upload and manage resumes, cover letters, and writing samples via the Documents feature, apply to full-time and part- time off-campus jobs, review employer profiles of all employers utilizing Pride-CMS. Quick Question Hours • 5 star resume critique by the end of the semester