10 Ways to Use Your Greek Life Experience in a Job Interview

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It’s getting to be the time for looking for summer jobs and internships, or–if you’re graduating–your first real world job after college. You’ve spent so much time and effort over the past four years attending and planning events, talking to PMNs during recruitment, and juggling a very busy schedule for your Greek organization, but how can you make that relevant to a future employer? How do you make sure your interviewer realizes fraternity and sorority life is about so much more than the partying and hazing scandals they hear on the news? Something Greek has some tips for you!

1. Your ability to talk to anyone (i.e. Communication Skills)

At recruitment events, you will talk to all kinds of people. In most cases, you probably have never met these people before either. Having small talk stills and being able to carry on a conversation with anyone is a very marketable skill.

2. Budgeting skills

Were you fundraising chair or treasurer? Even if you weren’t, you had your own budget to manage. Budgeting your own finances between dues, formals, and any other spending money you needed wasn’t always easy.

3. Event planning skills

Whether you were president, vice president, recruitment chair, fundraising chair, alumni chair, social chair or philanthropy chair you probably helped plan some type of event during your Greek experience. Also, you probably have some story from planning one of these events that is the perfect response when you get a question like, “Tell me about a time when something didn’t go as you planned and how did you fix it?”

4. Explain all of the good things your organization did.

Be sure to mention how important philanthropy was to your organization and how much you focused on fundraising. This is especially important if the interviewer didn’t go Greek in college and sees sororities and fraternities in the way that the media portrays them.

4. Coordinating schedules.

If you were president or member-at-large or something of that nature, you know how difficult it can be to coordinate the schedules of an entire organization for events where it is pertinent that each member is present.

5. Multitasking/Prioritizing

Sometimes I think about one specific semester where I was president, had a part time job, an internship, and a full time schedule of classes and wonder how I did all of that, managed to have fun, and keep my GPA above the 3.4 that was required for me to keep my scholarship. Being in Greek life perfects your time management skills.

6. Show your personality.

Okay, that is SUPER general, but I think that talking about something you’re passionate about (and I’m assuming you’re passionate about your fraternity or sorority) will show the interviewer a different side of you than the side you show when talking about your thrilling sales associate position at your local grocery store. I’m a huge believer that your personality meshing with that of your interviewer is a huge part of winning the job.

7. Your ability to work on a team

When you’re in Greek life, you rarely do anything alone. Your ability to work with others–and sometimes others that you might not always get along with (probably another interview question that you’ll encounter)–is a great skill to have!

8. Decision making skills

I always joke that I’m terrible at making decisions, but the reality of it is that I’m actually really good at making decisions. It just takes me longer to make them because I consider all of the repercussions. When you’re president of a sorority or fraternity, the decisions you make can effect 25-500 people. You understand the value of weighing the pros and cons of any decision when your decision will effect so many people. The same can be said when you’re making decisions on the job.

9. Being the face of a brand

Do you know how many times my pledge class was reminded that we were the face of our sorority the first semester we were in our organization? The same is true when you work at a company. Your actions become representative of that company. (For an in depth view of this, read Jon Ronson’s new book, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed.)

10. Your ability to put something ahead of your own desires.

My 19th birthday fell on the night of Relay for Life which was kind of great because it meant all of Greek life was required to spend my birthday with me, but I was also a little disappointed that it meant I wouldn’t get to plan anything exciting for my birthday. I’m certain, you’ve had a similar experience where you had to put your sorority or fraternity ahead of your own plans. You will probably find yourself missing out on fun beach days during the summer, but hopefully these tips will help you land an amazing job where you won’t mind missing the random beach day!

One of the toughest things when applying to internships or entry level jobs is marketing yourself as the ideal candidate when you have very little experience. It might feel like you need experience just to get experience, but you can absolutely talk about the skills you learned in your fraternity or sorority as relevant job experience. What other ways do you leverage your fraternity or sorority days in job interviews?

-Michelle Giuseffi

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New Greek Designs at Introductory Sale Prices!

Do you follow Something Greek on Instagram? Well, if you do, we have you to thank for these awesome new designs! Here are some highlights of our new fraternity and sorority clothing items and accessories. Be sure to get yours before the introductory sale is over!

Fraternity Embroidered Lightweight Jacket, Custom Jacket, Personalized Jacket

 

It’s finally getting to be warmer out and our new Fraternity Embroidered Lightweight Jacket is perfect for chilly morning walks to class! See the sorority version here.

Sorority Slouchy Tank - Monogram Print, Sorority Tank Top

This Sorority Slouchy Tank – Monogram Print has us counting down the days until summer.

Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Love My Big or Lil Shirt, Sorority Shirt, Sorority Long Sleeve Shirt, Big Little GiftsSuper cute idea for the new Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Love My Big or Lil Shirt: Get opposite colors, so you get a pink shirt with black letters and your little (or big) gets a black shirt with pink letters!

Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Printed Letter Design, Sorority Long Sleeve ShirtThe Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Printed Letter Design is another great option for this super comfy and flowy long sleeve shirt!

Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Varsity Printed Shirt, Sorority Long Sleeve ShirtBecause the best things come in threes, here’s a third off-the-shoulder option: the Sorority Off-The-Shoulder Varsity Letter Shirt.

Fraternity Distressed Crest Design, Fraternity Crest Shirt, Fraternity Shirt, Fraternity Letters

Okay, so we went on a little bit of a sorority shirt tangent, but here’s something for the guys. Check out the Fraternity Distressed Crest Design on your choice of a white shirt! Also, available for the ladies here.

Sorority Embroidered Southern Rain Jacket, Sorority Jacket, Sorority Rain JacketThe Sorority Embroidered Southern Rain Jacket is another great, light Spring jacket option!

The Greatest Sorority On Earth - Circus DesignOur new The Greatest Sorority On Earth – Circus Design is perfect for your sorority to wear to this year’s spring carnival.

Varsity Printed Fraternity Hockey T-Shirt, Fraternity Long Sleeve Shirt

Love your Fraternity Hockey Hoody? Switch it up with our new Varsity Printed Fraternity Hockey T-Shirt. As usual, you get to pick the lace color.

Sorority Monogram Leather Phone Flip Case, Sorority Phone Case, Sorority iPhone Case

Time for a new phone case? Check out the Sorority Monogram Leather Phone Flip Case!

Sorority Greek Letter Color Block Design, Sorority T-Shirt, Custom Sorority T-ShirtAnd last, but certainly not least is the Sorority Greek Letter Color Block Design.

See something you like? Head over to www.somethinggreek.com/shop to order yours today! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and weigh in on our next round of fraternity and sorority designs.

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Famous Greeks Part XXIII

It’s been a while since our last installment of Famous Greeks, but we’re back! We dug up some celebrities in Greek life that we haven’t featured before. I was super excited to learn about a certain Sex and the City character who went Greek in college. Here are ten of our favorite celebrities in sororities and fraternities!

Mary Tyler More Show and Now and Then star, Cloris Leachman is a sister of Gamma Phi Beta.

Men in Black actor, Rip Torn is a member of Sigma Chi.

You might not recognize her face, but we’re pretty sure you’d recognize her logo. Designer, Kate Spade, is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.

Late Night talk show host, Seth Meyers is a member of Phi Gamma Delta.

Probably best known to our generation as Mary Lazarus in The Sister Act, Mary Wikes was a sister of Phi Mu.

Hey, fellow Sex and the City fans! Smith Jerrod aka Jason Lewis is a brother of Delta Upsilon.

<b>Deborah Lippmann (Gamma Pi-Arizona State)</b> is a celebrity and fashion manicurist who has designed nail polishes for stars such as Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Gwyneth Paltrow and Lena Dunham.  She has her own line of nail polishes with names inspired by the titles of popular songs. Deborah has created new collections inspired by the hit HBO series "Girls" as well as "True Blood." She also collaborates with a number of clients to create customized shades such as "Sarah Smile" for Sarah Jessica Parker and "Bad Romance" for Lady Gaga.

Here’s another Greek-affiliated celebrity whose face you might not recognize, but you’d definitely recognize a nail polish bottle with her name on it. Deborah Lippmann is a member of Alpha Phi.

Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Troy Aikman, is a brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Sela Ward, House actress, is a member of Chi Omega.

Remember Mr. Belding from Saved by the Bell? Dennis Haskins, who plays him in the 90s tv series, is a brother of Kappa Sigma.

We hope you enjoyed this latest installment of famous Greeks! Who knew Smith Jerrod and Mr. Belding were Greek?!

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Introducing the Greek Comfort Collection

Whether it’s a long day studying at the library, working at a philanthropy event, or getting to know PNMs at a recruitment round, we know you’re in your letters a lot and for long periods of time. That’s why we want to make them as comfortable as possible. Keeping your comfort in mind, Something Greek has created the Greek Comfort Collection–an assortment of ringspun cotton shirts (with just enough polyester so that they won’t shrink) in a range of unique colors. Check them out below!

Greek Comfort Colors Crewneck Sweatshirt

With so many Spring-like colors, the Greek Comfort Color Crewneck Sweatshirt is perfect for chilly Spring days.

Greek Comfort Colors Hooded SweatshirtOr might we suggest the Greek Comfort Colors Hooded Sweatshirt for those April showers coming our way?

Greek Comfort Colors Full-Zip Sweatshirt

The Greek Comfort Colors Full-Zip Sweatshirt is perfect for layering!

Fraternity Comfort Colors T-Shirt

The Fraternity Custom Colors T-Shirt is just like your average Greek lettered t-shirt just so much cozier.

Sorority Comfort Colors T-Shirt

For maximum comfort pair the Sorority Comfort Colors T-Shirt with your favorite leggings.

Fraternity Comfort Colors TankIf the Fraternity Comfort Colors Tank doesn’t scream Greek Week, I don’t know what does.

Sorority Comfort Colors Tank

We just love the neon pink version of the Sorority Comfort Colors Tank!

Sorority Comfort Colors Big or Little Printed Tank

Looking for a big/little gift? How about the Sorority Comfort Colors Big or Little Printed Tank?

Ready to place an order for the most comfortable shirt you’ll ever own? Head over to SomethingGreek.com or give us a call at 1-800-247-3352!

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Fun Spring Philanthropy Events

We’re not sure about where you live, but the springtime thaw began this weekend in New York and we could not be more excited! Staying inside on a day when it’s 50 degrees and sunny feels like torture after the winter we had, so Something Greek rounded up some great philanthropy ideas that your chapter can do outside this Spring.

1.Neighborhood Beautification Project One year a few different organizations at my school got together with the town our school is in and helped them pick trash out of various planters on the sidewalks. Then, once it was a little warmer, we helped plant new flowers. A little Spring touch brightens everyone’s day! 

2. Yard Sale Time to clean out the sorority house (and make a few bucks for your charity of choice while doing it)! I have a very fond memory from a yard sale my sorority held where I was walking back from a coffee run and realized one of my sisters was holding our yard sale sign upside down.

3. Plant a Tree Earth Day is April 22nd. Start planning now and get your entire Greek community involved!

4. Lemonade Stand This could be a good philanthropy idea for finals week. Everyone is a little stressed, maybe sweaty, and in need of a blood sugar boost.

5. Beach Cleaning Okay maybe this isn’t an option everywhere, but as a Long Island based company, we know our beaches could use a little love. What better time to clean up the beach than right before beach season?

6. Habitat for Humanity I’ve always wanted to get involved in Habitat for Humanity. Not that I think I’d be good at building houses, but like I said before it’s really about the experience and the memories!

7. Open Mic Night Did you know that March is Music in our Schools Month? Bring music to your school by hosting an open mic night with your fellow Greeks. Bonus points for finding an outdoor space equipped to handle the tunes!

8. Pi a ___ Phi Delta Theta at my school holds a Pi a Phi event every year where you pay a certain amount of money to throw a pie in one of the brothers’ faces. Kind of violent if you ask me, but they seem to do well! We don’t think there’s a more appropriate day to engage in some pie (pi?) throwing than on Pi Day aka March 14th! (Also, probably best to do this one outside so you don’t get pie all over the floor of your school.)

9. Paint Easter Eggs with a Local Big Brothers Big Sisters Maybe you haven’t dyed Easter eggs in awhile, but I promise you it’s as fun as you remember. Spread the joy with some kids in your area!

10. Car Wash What’s better than spending the whole day blasting music with your sisters? Raising money for your favorite charity while doing it! You’ll barely remember that you’re working.

What kinds of philanthropy events is your sorority or fraternity planning for this Spring? Let us know your favorites on Facebook and Twitter.

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-Michelle Giuseffi

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Gear Up For St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day in college is like Christmas when you’re a kid. With that in mind, Something Greek has tons of ways you can show your Greek pride while getting in the Irish spirit when St. Patrick’s Day comes around on the 17th! Here are some of our favorites.

Sorority Shamrock DesignThe Sorority Shamrock Design is a brand new addition to our White Collection. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

Find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow with the Gold Coins design on the Sorority Panoramic Pattern Printed Tee!

Want to stick to a green theme for your St. Patrick’s Day outfit? Check out the Celtic Cross design on the Sorority Panoramic Printed Longsleeve Tee.

The Shamrocks design is a classic. Try it on our Sorority Panoramic Hooded Sweatshirt.

Order a Fraternity Panoramic Printed Crewneck in the Irish Fighter pattern and continue to wear it through out basketball season!

Get Lucky T Shirt Design

Looking to order St. Patrick’s Day attire for your whole Greek organization? Check out the Get Lucky T-Shirt Design for screen printed orders.

Kiss Me Design

Not Irish? It’s okay, neither am I. Check out this Kiss Me Design T-Shirt if you still want to celebrate!

Kiss Me - St. Paddy's Day Sorority Printed TeeThe Kiss Me – St. Paddy’s Day Printed Sorority Tee is also a great option for single piece orders!

Shamrock patternVneck

For the most traditional of all St. Patrick’s Day Greek letters, go with our classic shamrock pattern, number 535! We suggest ordering this pattern on a Sorority V-Neck Tee with Horizontal Twill Letters which is on sale until March 8th (a fraternity version is also available).

So what creative outfit will you be wearing this St. Patrick’s Day? If you’re rocking some awesome Greek apparel, tag us in your social media posts. We’d love to see!

-Michelle Giuseffi

 

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New Greek Products Including Snapbacks, Game Day Jerseys, and Glitter!

If you live in the Northeast like us, you might be experiencing a little cabin fever. As I write this, it’s currently 19 degrees outside, and the low tonight is just 1 degree. I think I need to do a little online sorority clothing shopping to distract myself from these wicked cold temperatures and the fact that I’ve been avoiding going outside all weekend. Luckily, there are some great, new Greek clothing items on the Something Greek website!

Iron Rider Snapback Fraternity Cap, Tau Kappa Epsilon HatThe Iron Rider Snapback Fraternity Cap is a little hip hop and a little motorcycle gang all at the same time.

Sorority Crewneck and Long-Sleeve Package Deal, Alpha Sigma Tau Long-Sleeve, Alpha Sigma Tau Crewneck SweatshirtWe’ve got a brand new package deal to keep you warm this snow-filled winter! Check out the Sorority Crewneck and Long-Sleeve Package Deal. There’s one for the guys here too.

Fraternity Crewneck and T-Shirt Package Deal, Pi Kappa Alpha Crewneck Sweatshirt, Pi Kappa Alpha T-ShirtNot into long-sleeve t-shirts? We also offer a Fraternity Crewneck and T-Shirt Package Deal and a companion package for the ladies.

Sorority Little Sister Game Day JerseyI’m not really into sports by I would totally rock the Sorority Little Sister Game Day Jersey with my Big!

Sorority Glitter Hooded Sweatshirt for Ladies, Zeta Tau Alpha SweatshirtWe know you love glitter letters, so what about adding glitter into the fabric too! Check out the Sorority Glitter Hooded Sweatshirt. It also comes with printed letters too.

Sorority Printed Glitter Crewneck Sweatshirt, Delta Gamma SweatshirtLike glitter but not hoods? Check out the Sorority Printed Glitter Crewneck Sweatshirt. It also comes with sewn on letters!

We hope you like these new sorority and fraternity clothing items! What are you doing to keep yourself entertained in this frigid cold?

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You and Your Sisters

No matter how perfect and beautiful you think your sisters are, I’m sure at least a few of you will find yourselves single this Valentine’s Day. That doesn’t have to mean sitting in your room alone watching soap operas and throwing chocolates at the TV when male stars say “I love you” a la Legally Blonde. Here are ten great ways to celebrate your sorority sisterly love this Valentine’s Day from Something Greek!

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1. Watch a movie about friendship. Skip the sappy rom com and for something like The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants or Now and Then.

2. Craft. Get a head start on the upcoming big/little reveals and have a craft night! Get some inspiration on our Cheap Sorority Gifts/DIY Pinterest board.

3. Take an exercise class. If you’re angry about a boy situation, go with kickboxing. If you want to dance, go with Zumba. If you want to chill, pick yoga.

4. Play Betty Crocker. I know baking relaxes me when I’m tense. Try chocolate covered strawberries to keep with a Valentine’s Day theme.

5. Roll out the aps. Raid the frozen section of the grocery store and heat up some pigs in a blanket, mini quiches, mozzarella sticks, etc. for the best meal ever.

6. Check out a new restaurant. I’m dying to try Beyond Sushi, a vegan sushi restaurant in New York City, but I’d totally rather try something a little experimental like this with one of my sisters than with a boy.

7. Choose Secret Santas… er Cupids. You don’t even need to spend that much, and it’s always nice to get a little Valentine’s Day treat even if it’s just from one of your sisters!

8. Whip up a homemade face mask. Because each person skin problems are different, here are twenty DIY face masks for you and your sisters to try.

9. Visit a local animal shelter. It’s basically impossible to be sad over being single on Valentine’s Day while surrounded by puppies!

10. Plan your spring break trip. Don’t have plans for spring break yet? What better time to plan out an amazing girls week on your girls-only night!

All of the above ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your ladies sure beat out that one time I spent Valentine’s Day in a selections meeting. But hey, we got stuff DONE that night. What are you and your sisters planning this Valentine’s Day?

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Valentine’s Day Gifts for Your Special Greek

Last year we brought you 10 Reasons Your Big/Little is Your Perfect Valentine. Since you already know that no man can come between you and your tree, this year we’re giving you gift recommendations for your big or little. See all of Something Greek‘s Valentine’s Day gifts here.

Big Loves Lil Custom Sorority Teddy BearOur Big Loves Lil Custom Sorority Teddy Bear is perfect for V-night snuggling.

My Big Loves Me Sorority Mug with SpoonThe My Big Loves Me Sorority Mug with Spoon will dress up your hot chocolate on a cold February night.

Sorority Long-Sleeve Flowy Off Shoulder Printed ShirtThe Sorority Long-Sleeve Flowy Off Shoulder Printed Shirt is perfect paired with leggings for your girls night in.

Without My Little Printed Sorority T-ShirtWe’re pretty sure the Without My Little Printed Sorority Shirt is the best gift you could ever give your big.

Sorority American Apparel Loose Crop Tee with Love Hands

Besides the fact that this Sorority American Apparel Loose Crop Tee with Love Hands features the word “love” across its chest, my little and I happen to each have one of these (in different color schemes) and we love wearing them together.

Big Loves Lil Sorority Coffee Mug - Red and Black

Never let your little forget how much you love her. Give her the Big Loves Lil Sorority Coffee Mug this Valentine’s Day!

Sorority Triple Wrap BraceletSure a boy might get you a bracelet with diamonds, but how cute (and trendy) are these Sorority Triple Wrap Bracelets?

Sorority Big Sis or Lil Sis Heart CharmKeep your big or little close to your heart by wearing her around your neck with our Big Sis or Lil Sis Heart Charm.

Sorority Love Heart KeychainThe Sorority Love Heart Keychain is perfect for the big/little pair who loves watching Gossip Girl marathons together.

Sorority Heart Ring with StonesThe Sorority Heart Ring with Stones is perfect because you’re not afraid to put a ring on it.

Who are you celebrating Valentine’s Day with this year? Even if you have a boyfriend, will you be getting your true soulmate (a.k.a. your big/little) a gift?

-Michelle Giuseffi

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Famous Greeks Part XXII

I don’t know about you, but with awards season in full swing, I find myself watching all of these red carpets and wondering which of these gorgeous celebrities strutted around in lettered t-shirts back in the day. So without further ado (we won ‘t even make you “walk” the mani cam), here is your latest installment of Famous Greeks from Something Greek.

American Idol contestant, Paul McDonald, is a member of FIJI.

Brandy is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Talk show host, Andy Richter, is a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Victoria Rowell is a member of Sigma Gamma Rho.

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha.

CSI: Miami’s Emily Procter is a sister of Alpha Delta Pi.

American Pie star, Chris Klein, is a brother of Lambda Chi Alpha.

Meredith Monroe of Dawson’s Creek is a sister of Alpha Chi Omega.

Country music star, Dierks Bently, is a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

Dana Ivey, probably best known as congresswoman Libby Hauser in Legally Blond 2, is a member of Phi Mu.

We hope you enjoyed this installment of Famous Greeks! Check back for more celebrities in fraternities and sororities next month.

-Michelle Giuseffi

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