Going Greek: Using Fraternity or Sorority Networks in Your Job Search
During my freshman year of college, I joined a sorority. Eight years later, I still remember time spent with my sorority sisters as some of the best days of my life. Aside from the obvious social benefits, as a young professional, I have realized that being a member of a Greek life organization can also be rewarding in terms of networking and career prospects.
Connecting with Greek Alumni
As an alumnus of a Greek life organization, you will have a vast base of fraternity and sorority contacts to use for internship, career, or volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in leveraging your fraternity or sorority in your job search, there are several avenues that are available for your use thanks to social networking websites that are beyond the basics provided by Facebook and Twitter.
- Join your Greek organization’s LinkedIn group
- Join your Greek organization’s online networking community
Most Greek organizations have groups on LinkedIn where you will be able to network with other professionals who are members of your fraternity or sorority. For example, my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, has 5,068 members on LinkedIn. As a member of your fraternity’s or sorority’s group, you will be able to search for keywords, like “lawyer” or “attorney,” to find specific members of the group. Maybe someone in your fraternity or sorority has your dream job or works for a firm that you are interested in or have already applied to. Conveniently, LinkedIn will allow you to send a private message to that person, once you find him or her. Introduce yourself, make a connection, and then reap the resulting benefits.
Some Greek life organizations have established their own online networking communities in order to bring together their members for career advancement. Many of these organizations use inCircle, an Affinity Circles application. Through inCircle, alumni members can explore what their fraternity brothers or sorority sisters are doing and which companies are offering opportunities through them. On inCircle, you will be able to explore the career paths of “legal” or “judge,” and interact with alumni brothers or sisters for networking purposes. Engage fellow practitioners in conversation, and see if they will be able to assist you with your career goals.
Pledge to Succeed in Your Job Search
There are more than ten million alumni members of Greek life organizations in the United States alone. In fact, 85% of all U.S. Supreme Court Justices since 1910 have been fraternity or sorority members. That said, the odds are fairly good that you will have the opportunity to meet a lawyer who is a member of your fraternity or sorority.
Networking is a skill that must be developed, especially for introverted lawyers, but when presented with the opportunity to approach alumni members from your own Greek life organization, it should not be that difficult a task. Give yourself a competitive advantage over fellow job-seeking candidates and use your Greek life connections to achieve greater success in your job search.