5 Ways to Make Going Greek Work for You

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Being a part of Greek life defines not only the role you have on campus, but can determine what new accomplishments you’ll achieve once you graduate.

Use these tips to transfer all the leadership skills you learned in your fraternity or sorority, into a new job, internship, or relationship-building opportunity.

Don’t be modest

A lot of people tend to leave things out when constructing a resume or interviewing for a position. Sometimes this is because they simply forget, but oftentimes, it’s because the person doesn’t want to come off as being an overconfident or arrogant candidate. Employers need to know this information if they’re going to decide whether to hire you! So don’t leave out “Vice President of my Rush Class” or “Member of the Panhellenic Council.” It may come in handy one day.

Recount your experiences

Saying that you were Vice President of your fraternity for two years is good. However, being able to recount stories of how you exercised your leadership and communication skills during your time as Vice President, and being able to relate these stories to the position your seeking, will take the cake.

Think of everything

Not everyone can be President or Vice President, or even a member of the executive council, but that doesn’t mean Greek life taught you nothing. That time during rush season when you had to balance communicating with multiple rushes and their parents, or that time that you helped the elected chair plan formal by joining his/her committee — all of these moments produce useful workplace skills. Find them, and use them to your advantage.

Use your resources

Just by joining Greek life you have opened yourself up to one of the largest networking opportunities available. Your alumni network can, and will be, your best friend if you let it. Meet and talk to people who have been where your standing right now and have gone to where you want to be. Who knows, you may even get a job or internship out of it.

Be relatable

Not everyone is in a fraternity or sorority, however, most people have been in a similar working system; albeit the workplace, organizations, clubs, etc. Instead of overloading potential employers with too much Greek, find ways to relate your experiences to experiences they’ve had as well. For example, instead using terms like “rush week” or “pledging” try to use more relatable synonyms like “recruitment” and “new member education.”

How has being a part of Greek life enhanced your job experiences? What other leadership qualities have you developed in recent years? Share in the comments!


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About the author of this article, Bamidele Akomolafe

I was born in Memphis, TN and moved to Virginia in high school. My entire life I have longed to be able to work and live in New York City so I can be in the middle of so much culture, and interact with so many unique people. I have spent my time in undergrad honing my skills in order to accomplish that goal. With my education in both the fields of Economics and Finance I have developed the tools and process of thinking necessary for navigating unique problem solving scenarios as well as the ability to effectively work through situations that require the use critical thinking. With my time spent at Northwestern Mutual I have learned how to effectively communicate, both verbally and written, with clients on a daily basis. Furthermore, with my extended time on the Executive Council within my fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, I have learned how to work efficiently in a team, as well as, how to manage and navigate other team members from a position of leadership.

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