Writing the Cover Letter for the Sorority House Director Job
Do You Really Need a Cover Letter?
Iâ€™ve heard that some interviewers read cover letters, and some donâ€™t. My feeling is that a cover letter is another tool to help you get the interview for the House Director position. It goes hand-in-hand with the resume. While the resume is crafted to show off your experience and skills, the cover letter is more personal. You get to address the board members directly. Your personality shines through. Since many prospects will simply send a resume alone, your cover letter sets you apart. Why wouldnâ€™t the board want to meet you after reading it?
How Long Should It Be?
One page only! Lots of white space, not densely packed paragraphs. That means maintaining 1″ margins at the top, bottom, and sides – don’t try to cram more information in by typing up to the edges. Use at least 12 point type, Arial or Times Roman font. No fancy paper. You need to look professional. This is not going to be read like a novel, but glanced at quickly. It’s just a tool to get you an interview.
Do Your Homework
The marvelous thing about technology is that you can visit the website of the sorority youâ€™re applying to. If you canâ€™t find the chapterâ€™s individual website, you can visit the national site (let me put a plug here for the helpful little booklet I’ve writtenâ€¦Mona Meyerâ€™s National Directory of Sororities Organizations)
Your research is made so easy by looking over the website; you get a great sense of the organization, its history, and philosophy. You can find direct contact information. However, job postings for sorority housemother positions are almost never listed, so don’t expect to find any. As I’ve mentioned elsewhere, this is a hidden career, and you aren’t too likely to find the job posted in the most obvious place!
Donâ€™t start your letter with â€œTo Whom It May Concern.â€ Youâ€™re addressing the board of women who you want to have as your bosses. Would you respond to a letter like that sent to you? I thought not. The job listing may have the hiring personâ€™s name on it, or you can find a name on the website. Or you could call the sorority house if youâ€™re really brave and ask for the name of the board president. However, whoever answers the phone may not know it, or refuse to give it! If you can’t get a name, then use “Dear President of the Board.”
In the first paragraph you can mention how you heard about the job, and be sure to mention why you want it. Be sincere. If youâ€™re sending out a batch of resumes and cover letters, you donâ€™t want it to sound like thatâ€™s exactly what youâ€™re doing.
Tell A Little Something About Yourself
But not your life story! You can briefly describe why youâ€™d be a great asset to the sorority, what has prepared you to be a good sorority housemother. The cover letter allows you to address things in your resume like a gap in your work history (in one sentence or two). Be honest why you were absent from the work force, but make sure you sound enthusiastic about taking this job. The cover letter also lets you demonstrate how life experiences and unpaid work prepared you for the job. But only include personal interests that directly relate to being a House Director. Your letter is one page, remember. And itâ€™s being skimmed, not pondered deeply.
Be sure to thank your reader for considering you for the position as House Director. Donâ€™t do something silly like mentioning the salary youâ€™d expect. Thatâ€™s only discussed in the interview.
Proofread More Than A Couple of Times
Just a couple of typos might be enough to get you passed over for an interview. Why risk it? Spell-checker on your computer isnâ€™t enough. You need to double check your letter carefully, and give it to another pair of eyes to read, too. Make sure youâ€™ve put your contact information on the letter!
Best of luck! Need help writing your resume? We know a service geared to writing resumes especially for women reentering the job market. They’ve provided winning resumes for readers of this site looking for House Director positions.