Creating a Digital Sorority Packet. But first I’m excited to share something NEW IN THE ETSY SHOP – The Complete Guide to Sorority Recruitment. This is everything you need to know about Rush PLUS digital sorority packet templates easily customized in less than 15 minutes! NOW only $30
I want to give you my best tips for creating a digital sorority packet. A Digital Sorority packet is an easy and affordable way to send your information to your alumnae rec writers. Since a lot of sororities are beginning to ask for digital submissions, rec writers are asking girls for a Digital Sorority Packet. If that’s you, then this will be really helpful.
IMPORTANT PSA!!! Every school’s Panhellenic does recruitment differently so before you do ANYTHING, research the policies and recruitment information packets that are usually available when registration opens.
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1. COVER PERSONAL INFORMATION
First, high school transcripts and test scores will likely show your address and social security number. Make sure you edit the social security number with a blur/white/black cover up.
2. SAVE RESUME, TRANSCRIPT & SAT/ACT SCORES AS PDF FILES
Next, PDF’s will always look the same when they’re being opened. Docs are all over the place and may require a certain program to be read properly. Don’t take that chance. Save as PDFs.
3. FILE NAMES SHOULD PROVIDE HELPFUL INFORMATION
Rename the file names before sending them. ALL your file names should provide information about its content like this:
Good file names will help your rec writers stay organized. Since they may have tons of girls they write for it helps to label everything. They’ll be appreciative and hopefully impressed:)
4. RESIZE YOUR PHOTOS FOR YOUR DIGITAL SORORITY PACKET
You don’t want to send super high-res images digitally. Worst case scenario, they won’t load. So when you send your Digital Sorority Packet you want to resize your image(s) first. I recommend you use a web-sized image. Some online photo resizing apps call it compact or compressed files.
It’s a good idea to test the quality of the resized photo by emailing it to yourself first. This way you won’t have to wonder if it’s good enough quality. Most rec writers will need to submit a photo of you when they submit their RIFs online – and these are almost always web-size images so they will thank you for sending them compact in the first place.
5. YOUR EMAIL IS YOUR COVER LETTER.
When sending your Digital Sorority Packet, I recommend you copy and paste the content from your cover letter to the body of your email. Did I mention the COVER LETTER is also included in the COMPLETE GUIDE TO SORORITY RUSH? It would be too repetitive to also attach a cover letter as a PDF after you’ve written your email intro. Don’t forget to change any references to the Sorority Packet to “this Digital Sorority Packet”. You know, basic stuff that’s so easy to forget and you realize it later when it’s too late?! LOL
6. RESEARCH BEFORE YOU SEND A DIGITAL SORORITY PACKET.
Sending a Digital Sorority Packet is much easier than the traditional Packets. Physical packets with folders, ribbons, and coordinated stickers are still preferred by many. Personally, I did both. If a rec writer asked for digital I only sent them digitally. However, if my rec writer had no preference I personally delivered the physical packet, and then followed up with a Digital Sorority Packet a few days later.
I actually recommend that extra little contact a few days later just to nudge your rec writer – because like I said earlier, they sometimes have 20+ girls they are writing for.
Again, every college Panhellenic does recruitment differently so before you do ANYTHING, read the policies and recruitment information packets that are usually available when registration opens.
VIRTUAL SORORITY RECRUITMENT UPDATE
Due to Covid-19 SOME Panhellenic’s will be having part or all of Recruitment in a Virtual environment for Fall 2020 Rush.
This is a whole new thing. We’re all trying to figure out what that means. I’ve updated the COMPLETE GUIDE TO SORORITY RUSH to include my best tips for a virtual Rush Week.
Most importantly, you’ll want to be super organized, get your outfits planned, and be ready for a demanding but fun week.
I recommend doing a lot of practicing answering rush questions on camera and making eye contact with the camera. Then, watch the playback so you can see if you need to tweak some things. The COMPLETE GUIDE TO SORORITY includes a list of commonly asked questions that girls will ask you over and over again.
Lastly, I’m super excited for you and I hope this gave you some helpful tips. Good luck with recruitment – you’ll be great!!
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