Writing Your Resume for the Sorority House Director Job
A Job Where Age is a PLUS!
If you were applying for a job in other industries as a more mature worker, you might feel that you have to write your resume in such a way as to disguise your age.
The great thing about applying for a House Director’s job is that being older and wiser is an asset! So there’s no need to worry about padding your resume, or having to account for gaps in your resume if you were home raising your family. That experience too is considered an asset in a sorority job!
Your resume is the first introduction to your prospective employer. Think about who it is going to – a Corporation Board made up of professional women who are alumni of the sorority that you’re applying to. You should look professional on paper. However, don’t get bogged down trying to make it perfect.
Writing your resume helps you focus on your skills, experience, accomplishments, and education. The purpose is to gain an interview. Make yourself so appealing that the Board wants to meet you. The resume actually helps you prepare for the interview, too. It organizes your thoughts and pertinent personal information.
There isn’t one right format to use for a resume seeking a House Director position. But the standard advice given for writing a good resume does apply.
It seems obvious, but start off with your contact information: name, mailing address, phone numbers and email/fax numbers.
Your resume should tell the Board members of the sorority how you will meet their specific needs. On paper, can they tell that you’ll meet their key requirements, so they’ll call you in for an interview?
A chronological listing of your past job history doesn’t tell your whole story. It’s boring and time-consuming for the Board to pick through it. Your resume will be more successful if it combines the job history with a summary that highlights your applicable experience, abilities and skills. It’s the best of both worlds.
The chronological portion of the resume lists the jobs you’ve held in reverse order, beginning with the most recent first. It highlights your work history and experience. You can include volunteering, accomplishments, education, and training. You could write this as a career summary if you haven’t had much work experience.
The skills/qualification portion is helpful when you are transferring from one type of career to another. This will demonstrate how the skills you’ve developed accomplishing the duties in another job transfer to the house director position.
You can finish with a brief personal statement indicating your willingness to relocate, involvement in various activities, or personal characteristics that will directly help you be successful in this job.
Put your qualification summary at the top of your resume. You don’t have to mention all of the job-related keywords, but look at your work/life experience and see if you have some of them. Just don’t lie!
You’re not expected to have done everything if you’re new to the profession, but you may be asked about the qualifications you list. Choose 3-6 examples of how you’ve been successful in some of the job skills a sorority House Director needs (click to the job skills page to review these).
One or two pages – not your entire life story! Anything longer won’t get read.
- Keep it simple and professional.
- Do not use colorful or patterned paper. Use white or cream color.
- Use classic fonts designed to “read” well such as Arial (which you’re reading) or Times Roman. Do not use fancy fonts or small type.
- Forget graphics or colored inks.
- Use lots of white space. Don’t write dense paragraphs.
- Only include information that is pertinent to the job; don’t get too personal. Do not include your age, marital status, religion, irrelevant hobbies.
- Don’t write in complete sentences. You can use circle bullets, not squares or numbers. Don’t use “I” too frequently.
- Provide three references not related to you; include their names, phone numbers, and addresses.
- Be positive, not negative. If you were fired or laid-off, only bring it up if asked during the interview.
- Proofread carefully; don’t rely only on spell-check. It misses some spellings, and doesn’t distinguish between the correct usage of words. Check for capitalization and punctuation. Grammar is important, too: watch for run-on sentences, typos, and incorrect verb tenses. Ask someone else to proofread; a fresh set of eyes can catch goofs you might have missed. Remember, you want to look like a professional.
Once your resume is complete, does it make you stand out from other candidates, especially if the board members only glance at each resume for a few seconds? The resume is just one tool you’ll use to get that interview. Don’t forget to include a cover letter!