/ Asked by J.M.
I'm the Treasurer of my fraternity. Would that look good on my resume? Not sure if putting a fraternity on a resume is a smart thing. The only reason I'm considering it is because it might show leadership, but obviously it's still a frat house. What would you think if you saw that on a resume?
Answered by Natesa, Hiring Expert at Textron Inc., on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Interesting question! Although Greek life has been scrutinized in the news and social media lately, including it on your resume still displays your leadership experiences and potential. Being involved in a fraternity is not inherently a negative thing. If you can explain the positive impact you had on your fraternity and campus, then you should include it on your resume. If you can't connect your fraternity involvement back to professional experiences during an interview, then it may be better to leave it off. Hope this helps!
Answered by Ashley, Hiring Expert at Cardinal Health, on Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Great question! Being able to demonstrate leadership experience on your resume looks great to potential employers. In my experience, it is very common for students to list their experience with a social fraternity, especially if they have held a leadership position. Most employers would not look at this experience negatively. I think it is more about how you frame up your experience and involvement when speaking to a recruiter. As always, keep it positive and demonstrate skills you have learned in the position and what your key responsibilities are. If you made any improvements in the role, be sure to include those as well!
Answered by Eddie, Hiring Expert at Quest Diagnostics, on Thursday, July 19, 2018
A Greek life question! Be still my beating heart! I'm a former college chapter president of my fraternity, a former National Interfraternity Council rep, and still active on the alumni level. I always tell college Greeks that including a fraternity/sorority on a resume makes sense if you actually did something. The Greek life experience is only as valuable as you treated it, so hopefully that title was backed by actual leadership. 

You do have an advantage. A few years back, I did a recruitment project with an employer who was searching for recent college grads for a training program. The employer specified that they wanted seniors or recent grads who were active outside of the classroom. Besides student government, community service, athletics, etc., what do you think I looked for on resumes? 

To be honest, there are those who have biases against Greeks because of negative press and (honestly) movies like "Animal House". You can't control that. What you can control is framing your experience in a way that shows you were a productive campus leader. Final thought--if the treasury grew or remained stable under your leadership, that makes for a great example of your leadership during the interview. 

Use those letters wisely!
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