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Make Your Resume Work for You, Not Against You!


Most of you are doing a fine job presenting yourself through your resume. But I’ve noticed a trend lately that I want to comment on publicly to help you get that all-important job interview. Just so we’re clear about the purpose of a resume and my SororityMom site, I’m not involved in the hiring process at all. I provide this service to you since you’d have no other way of knowing where the job openings are nationally. But it’s really a do-it-yourself website. It’s up to you to write a resume that will positively capture the attention of a sorority’s Board, who will do the hiring. The opposite could be happening — you’re presenting a negative vibe about yourself!

I don’t usually get involved in telling you how to write your resumes. But what you post tells a lot about you. The trend I’ve noticed among many of the resumes being submitted is that the writer doesn’t know what this job is about. If you’re new to this field, do your research. It’s obvious to the Boards as well. SororityMom is very specifically targeted for the House Director (and occasional cook) job only.  If you post a general resume that only consists of a consecutive list of your work history, that’s not enough. Especially when your work history contains nothing that relates to this job. You can’t expect a busy volunteer Board working over the summer to comb through a list of your past jobs searching for the skills required.

First of all, you need to know what skills a successful House Director possesses. Then, highlight those skills — or ones that could transfer — in your work history. You can be selective about this. Make the Board’s job easier to get to know you from your resume. Be someone they want to call in for an interview. That’s the sole purpose of the resume. You must tailor it to this job. I can’t emphasize this enough!

Some resumes are not getting posted because they lack a personal paragraph. In the print version, this would be the “cover letter.” Take the time to craft this well. Misspellings and grammatical errors tell a lot about you — remember, these are professional women who are reading this. You’ll be working with young women pursing tough educational goals. You should look on paper like you’re a match for this world. In your “cover letter,” avoid sounding desperate, talking about divorces and deaths of spouses, or making statements about the way you’re going to change, shape, inspire, council, or influence the co-eds. Again, the latter clearly signals you don’t understand the nature of the job, and is actually a big turn-off.

To the recent college grads who are looking for their first job, you really need to make a case for yourself. I know of a few grad students here and there who’ve had these positions. Any RA experience needs to be brought out in a stronger way. You are competing against an older demographic that is highly desired for their life experience. Again, you need to have a clear understanding about what this job entails. It’s 24/7 during the school year. If you’re hoping to be able to go to grad school while holding down this position, some sororities actually don’t allow their House Director to attend classes. There are as many variables as there are sorority houses!

Everyone, I hope this helps. Continue to enjoy your summer, and get those job interviews — and be hired. As we head towards August, sororities will want to get any openings filled if their school year begins then. Universities that begin in September could hire later. Then sometimes there are openings after school starts because the House Director quits for various reasons. So, things are still in active play at this time.

My best wishes to you all,



1 Comment to “Make Your Resume Work for You, Not Against You!”

  1. Hi Mona, I’m looking for a house Mom for the UVA Pi Beta Phi house in Charlottesville, Virginia! Please have applicants contact me, Thanks!

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